Please join Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Beach House on September 9th, featuring Rex Wilder, Dana Gioia, and Jenny Factor. This event will also feature guest musicians from the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE ANNENBERG COMMUNITY BEACH HOUSE:
The Beach House is a gold coast gem that overlooks the ocean and once housed the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. Past readers include Camille T. Dungy, winner of a 2011 American Book Award for Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), Ilya Kamins...ky, recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, and Ron Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award. For more information, please see Red Hen Press’ website, or email email@example.com.
Rex Wilder’s poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, The New Republic, Yale Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Waking Bodies, which takes “the tired English of everyday use” and brings it “back to us refreshed and full of its original surprise,” according to Billy Collins. Wilder is editing an anthology called There and Back, featuring original boomerangs from a diverse range of poets around the world. He is the Chief Creative Strategist for Advertising for Humanity, a marketing firm specializing in charities and community foundations. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia has published four full-length collections of poetry, as well as eight chapbooks. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia’s 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture.
Jenny Factor is the author of Unraveling at the Name (Copper Canyon Press, 2002), and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2000 Astraea Foundation Grant in Poetry. She received her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and her M.F.A. in Poetry from Bennington College.
Music: Linda Jackson is the founding director of the award-winning Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera, whose mission is to provide top quality affordable operatic performances to the city of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. Ms. Jackson is on the faculty at Santa Monica City College, where she teaches classes on music and opera appreciation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from UCLA and her Master of Music from California State University, Northridge, where she studied with Dr. David Scott.