Join Red Hen in collaboration with the A Room of Her Own Foundation for a special reading featuring the winners of the To The Lighthouse Poetry Prize.
Genevieve Kaplan is the author of In the ice house (Red Hen, 2011), winner of the A Room of Her Own foundation poetry prize, and settings for these scenes (Convulsive Editions, 2013), a chapbook of continual erasures from a single paragraph of Virgina Woolf's To the Lighthouse. Her poems and essays have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from Tinderbox, Post45 Contemporaries, Zyzzyva, and Opon. She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from USC and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in Southern California, where she edits the Toad Press International chapbook series, publishing contemporary translations of poetry and prose.
Jessica Piazza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BS in Journalism from Boston University, an MA in Creative Writing from the UT Austin, and has completed a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, is a contributing editor at The Offending Adam, and has blogged for The Best American Poetry and Barrelhouse. Her work has appeared in Agni, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, National Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, Hobart, and Forklift, Ohio, among other journals. She is the winner of the 2011 A Room of Her Own Foundation To the Lighthouse Publication Prize. Interrobang is her first collection of poems. Her chapbook, This is not a sky, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2014.
Leia Penina Wilson recently graduated with her MFA from the University of Alabama. She's since then moved to the desert, and will be pursuing her PhD in poetry at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. She's proudly Samoan, and is thrilled to find taro in the grocery stores. When she's not writing she likes to play Magic the Gathering, watch movies, make cocktails, and bake.
Mary Johnson is author of the memoir An Unquenchable Thirst, named one of 2011′s best books by Kirkus Review. Her courage to tell her story was the catalyst for the founding of A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Mary is AROHO’s Creative Director of Retreats and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been widely published in places such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, O the Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg View, Feminism and Religion, Huffington Post, The Humanist, and NPR. She’s been featured in Poets & Writers and The Daily Beast and has appeared widely on radio and television, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Rosie Show, OutFront with Erin Burnett, Morning Joe, and PBS’s To The Contrary. Mary holds an MFA from Goddard College.