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Red Hen Press: B Ackerman, R Aoki, B Bazzle, C Emmons, B Hurt & TL Stoner

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Red Hen Press presents a reading with Brittany Ackerman, Ryka Aoki, Bradley Bazzle, Cai Emmons, Bryan Hurt and Tammy Lynne Stoner.

Brittany Ackerman is a writer from Riverdale, New York. She earned her BA in English from Indiana University and graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She is a Critical Studies instructor at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she teaches Archetypal Psychology as well as Applied Logic and Critical Thinking. She was the 2017 Nonfiction Award Winner for Red Hen Press, as well as the AWP Intro Journals Project Award Nominee in 2015. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. brittanyackerman.com

Ryka Aoki is the author of the performance, prose, and poetry collection, Seasonal Velocities, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist; the novel, He Mele a Hilo: A Hilo Song; and the poetry book, Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. She has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people. Aoki has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is a professor at Santa Monica College and Antioch University. rykaryka.com

Bradley Bazzle’s first novel, Trash Mountain, won the Red Hen Press Fiction Contest, judged by Steve Almond. His short stories appear in Copper Nickel, Web Conjunctions, Epoch, Phoebe, New England Review, Bad Penny Review, and elsewhere, and have won awards from Third Coast and The Iowa Review. Bazzle grew up in Dallas, Texas, and has an MFA from Indiana University. More recently, he completed a PhD in English at the University of Georgia, where he taught writing. He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. bradleybazzle.com

Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son and The Stylist and, most recently, Weather Woman. A graduate of Yale University, with MFAs from New York University and the University of Oregon, Cai is formerly a playwright and screenwriter. Her short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative and Arts and Culture, among others. She teaches in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program. caiemmonsauthor.com

Bryan Hurt is the author of the short story collection Everyone Wants to be Ambassador to France and Editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest. His stories and essays have appeared in The American Reader, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, TriQuarterly, and many other publications. Hurt holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He is an assistant professor of English at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he lives with his family. bryanhurt.com

Tammy Lynne Stoner’s work has been selected for more than a dozen anthologies and literary journals. She was nominated for a Million Writers Award and earned her MFA from Antioch University. Stemming from what her grandmother calls her “gypsy blood”, Tammy has lived in fifteen cities, working as a biscuit maker, a medical experimentee, a forklift operator, a gas station attendant, and a college instructor, among other odd jobs. She is the creator of Dottie’s Magic Pockets and the Publisher of Gertrude, based in in Portland, OR, where she lives with her lady-friend, Karena, and their three kids. tammylynnestoner.com

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. redhen.org

Beach=Culture programs are made possible by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. smgov.net/arts #ArtSaMo


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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: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

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