Red Hen Press Readings: Carolyn Guinzio, Natalie Diaz, and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, moderated by Alice Quinn
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
Santa Monica, United States
5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site
The lives of Native Americans caught between identities, the ambitions and heartbreaks of small-town denizens, and the distance between city dwellers and the natural world are each brought into focus with natural, vivid imagery against a backdrop of Americana - old Chevys making their way down dusty roads, drive-in movie theaters, and children playing in the summer heat.
Carolyn Guinzio was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She earned her BA at Columbia College Chicago and MFA from Bard College in New York. She has received awards from the Arts Councils of Illinois and Kentucky, the Fund for Poetry, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Blackbird, Colorado Review, Puerto Del Sol, Smartish Pace, and New American Writing. Her first book, West Pullman, won the 2004 Bordighera Poetry Prize and appeared in an English/Italian edition. Her second book is Quarry (Parlor Press, 2008). In 2011, she cofounded the online project Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing & Images By Women. She lives with her husband, Davis McCombs, and their children, Warren and Charlotte, in Fayetteville, AR. Her new collection, Spoke & Dark, will be released by Red Hen Press in September.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She was part of the Old Dominion Lady Monarch basketball team that made it to the NCAA Championship game in 1997. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, Diaz completed a double-MFA in poetry and fiction. Her first collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April 2012. Her awards include the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; selection to the 50 Best New American Poets; and a Pushcart nomination. Her work has been published in the Iowa Review, North American Review, and Black Renaissance Noire, among many others. She currently directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea, 2005) and Apocalyptic Swing (Persea, 2009), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer’s Award and a fellowship to Civitella di Ranieri in Umbria. She was recently awarded a prestigious Writing Residency Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Marfa. Her poems have been featured in the Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor’s Poet’s Almanac and in numerous journals. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is the Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Moderator Alice Quinn was the Poetry Editor of The New Yorker for over 20 years from 1987-2007. She is the director of the Poetry Society of America and a professor of poetry at the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University, New York. Before joining the magazine she worked as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf publishers, where she edited the Knopf Poetry Series, as well as works of fiction by Ann Arensberg, Steven Millhauser, and Celia Gittelson, and works of non-fiction, including Ann Douglas’s The Feminization of American Culture.
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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