Red Hen Press Reading: Amy Gerstler • Douglas Kearney • Brynn Saito
Monday, February 25, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
Santa Monica, United States
Three Red Hen authors beautifully mutilate typical American conventions to reflect on sensuality and sexuality, myth and history, the spiritual and the divine. Douglas Kearney’s poetry speaks in assertive, rhythmic beats that play with the history and myths of hip hop sound and community. Brynn Saito ushers readers on a lyrical journey between oppositional forces. Amy Gerstler captures the complexities of suffering and surviving with a captivating and comical voice.
Amy Gerstler’s poetry, known for its witand complexity, deals with themes suchas redemption, suffering, and survival.Author of over a dozen poetry collections,two works of fiction, and various articles,reviews, and collaborations with visualartists, Gerstler won the 1991 NationalBook Critics Circle Award in Poetry forBitter Angel (North Point Press, 1990).
Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collectionof poems, Fear, Some, hit the shelves in 2006(Red Hen Press). His second manuscript, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), waschosen by Catherine Wagner for the NationalPoetry Series and was a finalist for the PENCenter USA Award in 2010. His poetryhas appeared in journals includingCallaloo, nocturnes, jubilat, Ninth Letter, Washington Square,mipoesias.com, Gulf Coast, and others. He wrote the libretto for Crescent City, a new operawhich was workshopped at the Beach=Culture series in early 2012 and produced by The Industry in Los Angeles that year.
Brynn Saito is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Contemplating Departure(2013), winner of Red Hen Press’s 2011Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her poetryhas been anthologized by Helen Vendlerand Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared inNinth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades,and Drunken Boat, among other journals.Currently, Brynn lives in the Bay Area andteaches in San Francisco.
About Red Hen Press
Now 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. The 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.
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