Atsuro Riley, Tess Taylor, Blas Falconer reading --- moderated by Alice Quinn
Poetry Society of America and Red Hen Press celebrates poetry and culture at the historic Annenberg Beach House, a gold coast gem that overlooks the ocean and once housed the stars of Hollywood’s golden era.
Atsuro Riley is the author of Romey’s Order (University of Chicago Press, 2010), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. His work has been honored with the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the Wood Prize given by Poetry magazine. Brought up in the South Carolina lowcountry, Riley lives in San Francisco.
Tess Taylor has received writing fellowships from Amherst College, the American Antiquarian Society, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. She currently reviews poetry for NPR’s All Things Considered and teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013) is her first book.
Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books, 2012); A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007); and The Perfect Hour (Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, 2006). An associate professor at Austin Peay State University, he serves as the coordinator of the Creative Writing Program and the poetry editor of Zone 3 Magazine/Zone 3 Press. In January of 2012, Falconer also began teaching for the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University. Born and raised in Virginia, Falconer earned an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland (1997) and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston (2002). He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his family.