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.
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Kim (Freilich) Dower grew up in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection, Air Kissing on Mars was published by Red Hen Press in 2010 and appeared on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best-Sellers list. The book was described by the Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” Kim teaches in the BA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is the owner of a literary publicity company called Kim-from-L.A. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Seneca Review, Rattle, Barrow Street, Eclipse, and Two Hawks Quarterly. Two of the poems in Slice of Moon (Red Hen Press, 2013) were finalists for the Rattle Poetry Prize. She lives with her family in West Hollywood, California.
Lee Herrick is the author of Gardening Secrets of the Dead (WordTech Editions, 2012) and This Many Miles from Desire (WordTech Editions, 2007). His poems have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Review, ZZYZYVA, Berkeley Poetry Review, From the Fishouse online, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, 2nd edition, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed, and One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form, among others. He is the founding editor of In the Grove and has guest edited various projects, including The Rio Grande Review and New Truths: Writing in the 21st Century by Korean Adoptees, and his narrative essay, “What Is This Thing Called Family?” appears in university textbooks. He was born in Daejeon, South Korea, adopted at ten months old, and raised in the East Bay and later, Central California. He lives with his daughter and wife in Fresno, California, where he teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.
Ron Koertge teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. His recent books of poetry include Fever (Red Hen Press, 2007), Indigo (Red Hen Press, 2009), Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses (Candlewick Press, 2012), and most recently, The Ogre’s Wife (Red Hen Press, 2013). Koertge also writes fiction for teenagers, including many novels-in-verse: The Brimstone Journals, Stoner & Spaz, Strays, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs. All were honored by the American Library Association and two received PEN awards. He is the recipient of grants from the NEA and the California Arts Council, and has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry. He lives in South Pasadena, California.
Poet Amy Uyematsu’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world. She is the author of several poetry collections, including Stone Bow Prayer (2005), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (1997), and 30 Miles from J-Town (1992), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize Uyematsu coedited the seminal anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader (1971), and her own work has been included in the anthologies Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (2008, edited by Christopher Buckley and Gary Young), The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles (2003, edited by Scott Timberg and Dana Gioia), and Sister Stew: Fiction and Poetry by Women (1991, edited by Juliet Kono and Cathy Song). She has also collaborated with multimedia artists Joan Watanabe and Roger Shimomura.
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 dishwasher, 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).