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Sept. 5th Featuring:
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, FIELD, Zyzzyva, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, ArtLife, PANK, and L.A. Times Best Seller, The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. His first book, Letters to Guns (Red Hen Press 2009), is now required reading in creative writing programs across the nation. His most recent collections are Birthday Girl With Possum (Write Bloody Publishing 2011) and Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press 2012). Mr. Constantine has had work commissioned by the Getty Museum and he has received grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly offers classes in hospitals, prisons, shelters, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.
Nicelle Davis originally from Utah, now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2013) is her second book. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. She teaches at Antelope Valley College, and is managing editor for Connotation Press.
Amber Tamblyn has self published two collections of poetry, art and photography entitled Plenty Of Ships and Of The Dawn. In 2005 Simon & Schuster published her debut collection of poetry Free Stallion which was written over more than a decade. Lawrence Ferlinghetti called the book, “A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language”. The book won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing in 2006. Her work has since been published in New York Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank Magazine, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Interview and others. Her second book of poetry and prose, Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press), was published in the fall of 2009 and was an Independent Best Seller. She currently writes for The Poetry Foundation and is a poetry reviewer for Bust Magazine. She is working on a collection of persona poems accompanied with paintings by Marilyn Manson about child star actresses who grew up into virtual unknowns and died young.
Poet, essayist, and short story writer, Charles Hood has given readings from Guadalajara to Papua New Guinea, has been an Artist-in-Residence with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and won a Fulbright in Ethnopoetics. His photographs and mixed media art pieces have appeared on book covers and in thirty art shows. Besides poetry, he also publishes in ornithology journals and has identified over 4,000 bird species in the wild. He teaches at Antelope Valley College and has been a ski instructor, a dish washer, a factory worker, and a private bird guide in Africa. He is a contributing editor to Los Angeles Review and is the primary author of the recently released multigenre collection, Rio de Dios (Red Hen Press, 2008).
Music: Robert Fisher is the voice of Willard Grant Conspiracy. Although the band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1995 and was based there for many years, Fisher moved back to his native California and has been living in the high desert since 2006. The ensuing years have seen numerous incarnations of the band, both live and on record. But one of the most enduring partnerships seems to be the one Fisher has with David Michael Curry. In many ways Ghost Republic, the band’s newest album, is a celebration of this musical partnership. Curry is the band’s principle viola player and a longtime musical foil for Fisher’s evocative baritone. The viola and other instruments that Curry plays on Ghost Republic offer examples of his unique style that has made him a valued member of WGC during the history of the band.