Red Hen Press: John Barr, Nate Barr and Cecilia Woloch
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
Santa Monica, United States
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Father and son John and Nathan Barr flourish in the related arts of poetry and music; both do so with what is apparently hereditary humor. John Barr’s Ibn Opcit poems have garnered strong praises for their mock-epic, serio-comic rollicking, and Nathan Barr’s recent musical work includes the score for the Hollywood comedy The Big Wedding. The ties of family run through Cecilia Woloch’s work, and her wrenching poetry explores familial and personal relationships; her most recent book, Carpathia, contains works of remembrance and celebration of her father.
John Barr served as the first president of the Poetry Foundation from 2004 to 2013, where he worked with the board to develop the Foundation's strategic plan and to build a permanent home for Poetry magazine, the first in its 100-year history. He has taught in the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College and has served on the boards of the Poetry Society of America, Yaddo, and Bennington College. Barr grew up in Lisle, Illinois and earned a BA in English from Harvard University on an ROTC scholarship. After serving in the Navy for five years during the Vietnam War, he returned to Harvard Business School to earn an MBA. Barr's poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, and his books of poetry include The Hundred Fathom Curve (1997)—expanded and updated as The Hundred Fathom Curve: New & Collected Poems (2011)—and the mock-epic Grace: Book One of the Adventures of Ibn Opcit (1999, 2013) and Opcit at Large: Book Two of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit (2013). He lives in New York and Chicago.
Nathan Barr has scored all four seasons of HBO’s Emmy-winning and Fan-Favorite series, TRUE BLOOD. Barr, who worked extensively with Hans Zimmer in the past, has composed music for more than 25 feature films in addition to his television experience. The Topanga Canyon-based composer has worked with some of the most highly respected directors, including Alan Ball and gore-horror master Eli Roth. Barr began studying music in Tokyo, Japan at four years old. He grew up surrounded by eclectic music ranging from Kabuki Theater to the sounds of his mother performing on the koto and piano, and his father playing the banjo, guitar and shakuhachi. nathanbarr.com
Cecilia Woloch is the author of five collections of poems, most recently Carpathia, from BOA Editions Ltd. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and is currently a lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Southern California, as well as the founding director of The Paris Poetry Workshop. She spends a part of each year traveling, and in recent years has divided her time between Los Angeles; Atlanta; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Paris; and a small village in the Carpathian mountains of southeastern Poland. ceciliawoloch.com.
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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