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5:15-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available to answer questions about the historic site.
The Beach=Culture favorite series is back with more trademark irony, insight, and poetry. Kate Gale and Kim Dower show us the world in a sandwich wrapper, while Jim Tilley delights in imaginative abstractions that assume the stature of “actual reality.” Corned beef, mathematical puzzles, boob jobs and the wave-particle duality become unforeseen channels for wit and emotion in these writers’ skillfully evoked worlds. Late breaking news - poet Ron Koertge is joining this stellar lineup!
Kim Dower’s first collection of poetry, Air Kissing on Mars, (Red Hen Press, 2010) was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list, and was described by the Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” Slice of Moon, her second collection, (Red Hen Press, 2013), was called, “unexpected and sublime,” by O magazine. Kim’s work has appeared in Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, as well as in Ploughshares, Barrow Street, and Eclipse. Kim teaches a workshop called Poetry and Dreaming in the B.A. Program of Antioch University. She lives in West Hollywood, California.
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 2014. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.
Ron Koertge teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. His recent books of poetry include Fever (Red Hen Press, 2007), Indigo (Red Hen Press, 2009), and Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses (Candlewick Press, 2012). Koertge also writes fiction for teenagers, including many novels-in-verse: The Brimstone Journals, Stoner & Spaz, Strays, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs. All were honored by the American Library Association and two received PEN awards. He is the recipient of grants from the NEA and the California Arts Council, and has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry. He lives in South Pasadena, California.
Jim Tilley earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard and worked on Wall Street for twenty years. His first collection of poetry, In Confidence, was published by Red Hen Press in 2011. Crusing at Sixty to Seventy (Red Hen Press, 2014) is his second book.. His poems have been published in literary journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has won the Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Poetry, the New England Poetry Club’s Firman Houghton Award, and an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review. He lives in Bedford Corners, New York.
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, FIELD, Zyzzyva, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, ArtLife, PANK, and L.A. Times Best Seller, The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. His first book, Letters To Guns (Red Hen Press 2009), is now required reading in creative writing programs across the nation. His most recent collections are Birthday Girl With Possum (Write Bloody Publishing 2011) and Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press 2012). Mr. Constantine has had work commissioned by the Getty Museum and he has received grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly offers classes in hospitals, prisons, shelters, and with the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.
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.
Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site! Docents available from 5:15pm.
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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.
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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.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.
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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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