Red Hen Press presents an evening reading featuring:
Douglas Kearney: Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His third collection is Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014). He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Coat Hanger award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.
Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in the Creative Writing & Literature PhD Program at USC. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master’s of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard’s Divinity School. She was a finalist for the International War Poetry Prize, the National Rita Dove Prize, and semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize and the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition, VIDA, amongst others. She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Fellowships and awards include the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Can Serrat International Art Centre in Barcelona, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya. Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.
Brett Fletcher Lauer is the Deputy Director of the Poetry Society of America. He is the author of A Hotel in Belgium (Four Way Books, 2014) and the co-editor of Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (Norton, 2002), Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave, 2004), and Bartlett’s Words for the Wedding (Little, Brown & Company, 2007). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Fence, Harper’s,Tin House, and elsewhere, and he is a poetry editor of A Public Space.
Afaa Michael Weaver was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute at the age of sixteen as a National Merit finalist. After two years at the University of Maryland, he entered fifteen years of factory work, during which time he wrote and published. In 1985, when Weaver received an NEA fellowship in poetry. In addition to the NEA, Professor Weaver has received several awards over the years, including the May Sarton Award (2010), a Pushcart Prize (2008), a Pew fellowship (1998), a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship (1994), and a Fulbright appointment as a scholar (2002) at National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts.
He is the author of 12 books of poetry, a collection of essays which he edited, several essays and articles in various academic and trade publications, and short fiction. As a free lance journalist he has written for the Baltimore Sunpapers, the Baltimore Afro-American, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore City Paper, and the Philadelphia Sun. He has been the editor of Obsidian III at North Carolina State University, and the editor and founder of 7th Son Press in Baltimore.
Moderator: 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 2014. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.
This event is FREE and open to the public
Parking is $3/hour & $12/day
More info is available here: http://redhen.org/events/rhp-at-the-annenberg-beach-house/