Red Hen Press invites you to join us at the Armory Center for the Arts, whose mission is to build on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching and presenting the arts. The Armory Center for the Arts has been at the forefront of art education in southern California for more than 60 years. Past readers include Ron Koertge, the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council, whose work has been honored by the American Library Association and has received two PEN awards, Douglas Kearney, whose The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009) was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010, and Brendan Constantine, poet-in-residence at the Windward School in West Los Angeles and 2002 nomination by the Poetry Super Highway for Poet Laureate of the state of California.
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Mary Armstrong is the author of Confessions of a Trauma Therapist: A Memoir of Healing and Transformation, a story of uncovering her own history of child sexual abuse in her 40s. By the time her memoir was written Mary was a social work psychotherapist in private practice helping others who suffered the invisible wounds of childhood trauma.
Originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas 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 an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press.
A painter, retired English instructor, and performer of his poetry, Austin Straus frequently, informally, exhibits prints, one-of-a-kind artists’ books, and paintings in conjunction with readings at libraries, community arts centers, galleries, and other venues, including a late 90s “Writers on Site” Residency, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, sponsored by Poets & Writers. The former Southwest Regional Coordinator of Amnesty International and Poetry Connexion radio talk-show host has published two books of poems with Red Hen Press: Drunk with Light (2002) and Intensifications (2010), for which he did the cover art.
Jacqueline Tchakalian is a visual artist as well as a poet. She has past experience as co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets Series and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. Her poems have appeared in Eclipse, So to Speak, California Quarterly, West/Word 4, Sheila-Na-Gig, Hurricane Alice, and the online publications Speechless and Poets Against War. She was a finalist in the 2007 Conflux Press Artist’s Book Contest and the 2011 Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Contest.