Red Hen Press lets you rub elbows with readings at the venerable Ruskin Art Club. The Ruskin Art Club, founded in 1888, is Los Angeles’ oldest cultural association. Its 1922 clubhouse was declared a Los Angeles Historical Monument in 1997.
This event will feature:
Molly Bendall is the author four collections of poetry, After Estrangement, Dark Summer, Ariadne’s Island and most recently, Under the Quick from Parlor Press. She also has a co-authored with the poet Gail Wronsky Bling & Fringe from What Book...s. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies: American Hybrid: The Norton Anthology of the New Poem, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry. She teaches at the University of Southern California.
Verónica Reyes is a Chicana jota poet from East L.A., 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, and la jotería. She 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 had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and most recently, the Montalvo Arts Center. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Feminist Studies, ZYZZYVA, and The New York Quarterly. She is a proud member of MALCS and Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Chopper! Chopper! is her first book.
Peter Serchuk was born and raised in New York. He attended college and graduate school in the Midwest before stumbling on a career in the advertising business, working in Detroit, St. Louis, New York and Los Angeles. His poems and review-essays have appeared in a variety of journals including Boulevard, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, Texas Review, South Carolina Review and many others. Additionally, a number of his poems have been anthologized, most recently in Against Agamemnon: War Poetry (WaterWood Press) and The Best American Erotic Poems 1800 to the Present (Scribners). He is the author of two collections: Waiting for Poppa at the Smithtown Diner (University of Illinois Press) and All That Remains (WordTech Editions). He lives in Los Angeles.
Moderator: 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).