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*Please note this event takes place on a Monday.
** Back on the Beach Cafe winter hours: closes at 3pm starting September
5:15pm-6:30pm: Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
6:30-8pm: Readings & Music with special guest Linda Jackson
Red Hen’s summer reading series at the Annenberg Community Beach House concludes with a Monday reading by poets whose bios overflow with awards, honors and international acclaim. If that weren't enough, in honor of Dana Gioia, a longtime opera afficionado, Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera founder Linda Jackson will sing two favorite soprano love songs - Puccini's "Un bel dì" and Mozart's "Una voce poco fa." Enjoy a feisty blend of spoken and sung word to round out the season. Jackson's appearance is courtesy of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles.
Jenny Factor is the author of Unraveling at the Name (Copper Canyon Press, 2002), and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2000 Astraea Foundation Grant in Poetry. She received her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and her M.F.A. in Poetry from Bennington College. She is part of the core faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University.
Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia has published four full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia's 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. Gioia has been the recipient of ten honorary degrees. He has won numerous awards, including the 2010 Laetare Medal from Notre Dame.
Joe Lawrence (accompanist) is on-call as a solo pianist, rehearsal pianist for operas and musicals, vocal and instrumental accompanist and coach, arranger and composer for film scores and choral works, as well as private piano teacher. He recently wrote and produced an original musical to raise awareness for AIDS. He is currently on staff at Los Angeles Pierce College as dance class accompanist. A graduate from CSU Northridge, Mr. Lawrence is also music director for two churches where he is the organist, pianist and choir director.
Rex Wilder is an internationally recognized poet, with poems appearing in prestigious magazines such as Poetry, The New Republic, Yale Review, and London’s Times Literary Supplement. Of his first book from Red Hen Press, Waking Bodies (2006), two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins says: “In Rex Wilder’s poetry, the tired English of everyday use comes back to us refreshed and full of its original surprise.” His latest book, Boomerangs in the Living Room, will be published by Red Hen Press this fall.
Dr. Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles. She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America. Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. She also wrote Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto with composer Daniel Felsenfeld, based on T.C. Boyle’s The Inner Circle. Her sixth poetry collection, The Goldilocks Zone, will be available from University of New Mexico Press in spring 2013. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.
A national presence in independent publishing, Red Hen Press was founded in 1994 by Mark E. Cull and Kate Gale. As a nonprofit literary press that publishes twenty works of poetry, literary fiction, and autobiography each year, they are dedicated to supporting quality writing that is being ignored or overlooked by large or commercial publishers. The Press also donates books to schools, libraries and other institutions, and presents seven reading series in New York and Los Angeles showcasing current and backlist authors. Red Hen Press is a place for writers’ work to be published and celebrated; a literary family for a diversity of voices that articulate the variety of human experience. The Press has been in partnership with Beach=Culture since the 2009 opening season. Past Beach House readers include Camille T. Dungy, Ilya Kaminsky, Susan Straight and Ron Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award.
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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.
Parking: May-September the parking rate is $3/hr & $12/day at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm
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Beach=Culture at the Beach House
Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and rates vary from weekdays to weekends and season to season.
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The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.
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