Red Hen Press hosts a reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, September 15th
Elana Bell’s first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award and was published by Lousiana State University Press in April 2012. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, the AROHO Foundation, and the Drisha Institute. Her work has recently appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, CALYX Jo...urnal, and elsewhere. Elana has led creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, for high school students in Israel, Palestine and throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as for the pioneering peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace. She currently serves as the writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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 is a PhD candidate 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.
Verónica Reyes is a Chicana feminist jota poet from East Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA from University of Texas, El Paso. Her poems give voice to all her communities: Chicanas/os, immigrants, Mexican Americans, and la jotería. Reyes has won AWP’s Intro-Journal Project, an Astraea Lesbian Foundation Emerging Artist award, and was a Finalist for the Andrés Montoya Poetry award. She has received grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and Montalvo Arts Center. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Feminist Studies, ZYZZYVA, and The New York Quarterly. She is a proud member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) and Macondo Writers’ Workshop.
Born and raised in New Jersey, John Van Kirk attended Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis, served as a navy helicopter pilot, and received his MFA from the University of Maryland. He teaches writing and literature at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. His short stories have earned him the O. Henry Award and The Iowa Review Fiction Prize, and have been published in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies. Song for Chance is his first novel.
Art Stringer, author of two collections of poems, Channel Markers (Wesleyan UP) and Human Costume (Salmon Poetry, Ireland). His work has appeared in such journals as The Nation, Antaeus, Ohio Review, Denver Quarterly, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Cincinnati Review, and in two recent anthologies, Wild Sweet Notes and Backcountry: Contemporary Writing in West Virginia. He edited and introduced a new edition of Louise McNeill’s Paradox Hill (West Virginia UP, 2009). He has read his work in a wide range of American locales and also in Galway, Ireland. For twenty years, he has taught writing and literature at Marshall University.