Red Hen Press: Garrett Hongo, David Mason, Andrea Scarpino and Alice Quinn
Tuesday, July 29, 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.
Red Hen's accomplished authors showcase a diversity of cultures and experiences. Garrett Hongo’s latest collection delves into his Japanese-American heritage and Hawaiian culture as he explores the history of his homeland and family. David Mason takes us from the American West all the way to Greece, through a decade of his soulful and poetic work. In her debut collection, Andrea Scarpino conjures up a longing for things lost, using mythology, spirituality, and science to create work of lyric intensity.
Japanese American poet, Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai’i, on May 30, 1951. He attended Pomona University and the University of Michigan. He received his MFA in English from the University of California at Irvine. His collections of poetry include Coral Road: Poems(Alfred A. Knopf, 2011), The River of Heaven (1988), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Yellow Light (1982). He is also the author of Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i (1995), and he has edited Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays and Memoir by Wakako Yamauchi (1994) and The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (1993). His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon at Eugene, where he directed the Program in Creative Writing from 1989 to 1993. He lives in Eugene with his wife and children.
David Mason is the Poet Laureate of Colorado. His new book is Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, 2004 – 2014. His previous books of poems include The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, and Arrivals. His verse novel, Ludlow, won the Colorado Book Award in 2007, and was named Best Book of Contemporary Poetry of the year by the Contemporary Poetry Review. It was also featured on the PBS NewsHour. Mason is the author of an essay collection, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, and a memoir, News from the Village, which appeared in 2010. A new collection of essays, Two Minds of a Western Poet, followed in 2011. Mason has also written the libretti for composer Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter, her operatic adaptation of Ludlow, and her oratorio, Vedem. A former Fulbright fellow to Greece, he lives in Colorado and Oregon and teaches at Colorado College.
Andrea Scarpino received an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK, and Prairie Schooner. Her first full length collection is Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She is the author of the chapbook The Grove Behind (Finishing Line Press, 2009), is a faculty member with Union Institute and University’s Cohort Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is a weekly contributor for the blog Planet of the Blind. She lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Alice Quinn (moderator) is Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's graduate School of the Arts. She was poetry editor atThe New Yorkerfrom 1987-2007 and at Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers, from 1976-1986, and she is the editor ofEdgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragmentsby Elizabeth Bishop. Her articles on and interviews with writers, poets, and artists have appeared inArtforum, theCanadian National Post,The Forward,Poetry Ireland,The New Yorker, andThe New YorkerOnline, and she is currently at work editing the journals and notebooks of Elizabeth Bishop.
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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