Red Hen Press: Douglas Kearney, Afaa Michael Weaver, Robin Coste Lewis, Brett Fletcher Lauer
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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5:15-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available to answer questions about the historic site.
Four authors who are not afraid to challenge the status of poetry, confronting both style and substance with a contemporary approach. Douglas Kearney’s latest collection delves into fatherhood, while maintaining a sensitivity to both the words on the page and in the ears. Afaa Michael Weaver explores his childhood traumas through Chinese spiritualism and Daoist ideals. Robin Coste Lewis’ examination of the life of Matthew Hensen, an African American explorer who helped discover the North Pole, illumines history with vivid imagery and lyricism. Brett Fletcher Lauer’s new work probes into the psyche and complexities of human relationships through a tender and urgent narrative.
Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His third collection is Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014). He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Coat Hanger award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised inAltadena,CA, he lives with his family inCalifornia’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.
Brett Fletcher Lauer is the Deputy Director of the Poetry Society of America. He is the author of A Hotel in Belgium (Four Way Books, 2014) and the co-editor of Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (Norton, 2002), Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave, 2004), and Bartlett's Words for the Wedding (Little, Brown & Company, 2007). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Fence, Harper's, Tin House, and elsewhere, and he is a poetry editor of A Public Space.
Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in English and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition, VIDA, and the Best of Kore Press, amongst others. Fellowships and awards include the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya. Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.
Afaa Michael Weaver, formerly known as Michael S. Weaver, is an American poet, short story writer and editor. He is author of numerous poetry collections and his honors include a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Foundation, and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Born in Maryland, he studied two years at the University of Maryland. He started 7th Son Press and Blind Alleys, a literary journal. He graduated from Brown University on a fellowship, with an M.A, and Excelsior College with a B.A. He taught at National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts as a Fulbright Scholar, and was a faculty member at the Cave Canem Foundation's annual retreat. He also studied Chinese language at the Taipei Language Institute in Taiwan. He teaches at Simmons College, and is director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center. He is Chairman of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference. Tess Onwueme, the Nigerian playwright, gave him the Ibo name "Afaa," meaning "oracle," while Dr. Perng Ching-hsi has given him the Chinese name "Wei Yafeng.”
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