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Oct 23 2016

Amy Uyematsu, Ron Koertge, and Brendan Constantine

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Red Hen Press poets Amy Uyematsu, Ron Koertge, and Brendan Constantine to the store to celebrate the LA poetry scene and the release of Amy Uyematsu’s new collection of poems, Basic Vocabulary, on Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00pm. Each poet will be reading from their most recent work.

Amy Uyematsu’s new poetry collection, Basic Vocabulary, confronts today’s complex world of drone warfare and post 9/11 unease with boldness, curiosity, candor, and insight. She unites the political and spiritual and welcomes what she calls, “Elegant disorder / even my mind / leaping branch to branch”. Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. Uyematsu’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world. She is the author of several poetry collections including, 30 Miles from J-Town, Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain, and Stone Bow Prayer. Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American ReaderBasic Vocabulary will be released on October 1st. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Ron Koertge wants to do nothing but delight. In his new collection of poetry,Vampire Planet, released in April 2016, Koertge, armed with wit and brains, introduces readers to Dr. Frankenstein’s frustrated fiancee and gives an alternate reading to the Bible story about Lot’s nameless wife. He rues the loss of a favorite pair of underpants, attends a bachelor party where Mr. Magoo makes an appearance, and suggests what cheerleaders will be like in the future. Like Reverend Ike and John Lennon said, “Whatever gets you through the night”–this book will do that and carry you right into the next day. Guaranteed. Ron Koertge was published widely in the 60s and 70s in such seminal magazines as Kayak and Poetry Now. His first book, The Father Poems, was published in 1973, and was soon followed by many more, including poetry, prose, novels-in-verse, and fiction for teenagers. His books have been honored by the American Library Association, and two have received PEN awards. After teaching for thirty-seven years at the city college in Pasadena, he retired and now teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. He currently lives in South Pasadena, CA, with his wife, Bianca Richards. https://ronkoertge.com/

Brendan Constantine is the author of the recent poetry collection Dementia, My Darling. As with Constantine’s previous titles, Dementia, My Darling can be enjoyed at random or in order. However, when taken in sequence, the poems construct a thesis on life as we remember it from moment to moment. What is your first memory of love? How soon will you forget answering that question? Brendan Constantine’s past collections include, Calamity Joe, Birthday Girl with Possum, and Letters To Guns which is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His work has inspired artists in a variety of other mediums, from the canvas to the concert hall, and he has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, he has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered and KPFK’s Inspiration House. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School in Los Angeles, California, and regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. http://www.brendanconstantine.com/

For more information regarding this event, please email publicity@redhen.org 

225 26th Street, Suite #33
90402 Santa Monica , California
Oct 23 2016

Page Meets Stage: Evie Shockley & Yesenia Montilla

Evie Shockley is the author of four collections of poetry--most recently, the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry--as well as critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. Currently serving as creative editor for feminist studies, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina from New York City. She is a graduate of Drew University's Poetry & Poetry in Translations MFA program and a Canto Mundo Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in The Wide Shore, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast and others. Her first collection of poetry, The Pink Box, is published by Willow Books and was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award.

Advance tickets available through Eventbrite

Admission fee: $10.00
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
10012 New York, New York
Oct 25 2016

50 Years of Hanging Loose: An Anniversary Celebration

Jen Benka is the executive director of the Academy of American Poets. She worked previously as the managing director of Poets & Writers and for 826 National. She is the author of Pinko and A Box of Longing with Fifty Drawers. Jen holds an MFA from the New School.

Kimiko Hahn’s recent collection, Brain Fever, was triggered by neuroscience in much the same way that previous work was triggered by Asian American identity, women’s issues, necrophilia, entomology, black lung disease, and on. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY, and new president of the Poetry Society of America.

Cathy Park Hong is the author of Engine Empire (Norton, 2012), Dance Dance Revolution (Norton, 2007) and Translating Mo’Um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002). Her essays have appeared in The Guardian, New York Times Magazine and The Village Voice. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is the Poetry Editor at The New Republic.

Robert Hershon’s fourteenth poetry book, Freeze Frame, appeared this year from Pressed Wafer. His other recent titles include Goldfish and Rose (2013) and Calls from the Outside World (2006), both published by Hanging Loose Press. Hershon’s awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As a founding coeditor of Hanging Loose Press, he is making plans for the press’s fiftieth anniversary next year.

Dick Lourie is the author of the poetry collections Calls on the Dream Telephone (1968), Stumbling (1974), Anima (1978), Ghost Radio (1998), and If the Delta Was the Sea (2009), a collection of poems based on the history and music of Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Lourie has performed as a blues saxophone player. He has also released two CDs combining his sax playing and spoken word with a blues band. A founding coeditor of Hanging Loose, Lourie has edited more than 100 titles for the press as well as co-editing with Mark Pawlak several collections of writing by high school students drawn from the pages of the magazine.

Mark Pawlak is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Reconnaissance: New and Selected Poems and Poetic Journals, other books include Official Versions and Special Handling. His poems have appeared widely in such anthologies as The Best American Poetry and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust; and in many literary magazines, including, New American Writing, Mother Jones, Poetry South, The Saint Ann’s Review, and Solstice. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, and Polish, and has been performed at Teatr Polski in Warsaw. He supports his poetry habit by teaching mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Boston-- and he is also one of the editors of one of the longest running literary magazines and small presses on earth – Hanging Loose Magazine and Hanging Loose Press.

The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format -- mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope -- and that, in turn, was inspired by a very low budget. But the format was also meant to get across a point of view: that poetry is for now, not for the Ages. If you liked a poem, you could pin it to the wall. If you didn’t like a poem, you could use it as a napkin.

Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Oct 26 2016

Poetic People Power's 14th Annual Show

Take Your Time! On October 26, Poetic People Power will present its 14th annual show. This year's show, Take Your Time, premieres new poems examining how our overworked culture and lack of leisure time is affecting our health, relationships, and communities. Inspired by the Take Back Your Time movement, this informative and engaging spoken word show explores the psychology, cultural differences, and consequences of time poverty. For 14 consecutive years, Poetic People Power has creatively explored social and political topics, offering insight and solutions to issues that affect our everyday lives.

 This year's poets include Bogar Alonso, Tara Bracco, Philippe Garcesto, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Angela Kariotis, Shane Michael Manieri, Scottt Raven, and Shetal Shah. Produced by Tara Bracco. Funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.
 Tickets: $15 online at BrownPaperTickets.com, $10 for students, $20 at the door

Admission fee: $15.00
Theater at 224 Waverly
224 Waverly Place
10014 New York, New York
Oct 27 2016

Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, 13 Pulitzer Prize-winning poets will share the stage to read from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past winners. Join us in celebration of their achievement, of the Centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, and of PSA's founding role in sponsoring the earliest years of the prize for poetry. Featuring: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright. The reading will benefit the Poetry Society of America's public programming and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

The reading is co-sponsored by The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs; the New York Council for the Humanities; the Pulitzer Prizes as part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfire Initiative; and supported by Alfred A. Knopf; Four Way Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Graywolf; HarperCollins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; Louisiana State University Press; W.W. Norton; New Directions; NYRB Poets / New York Review Books; Penguin; University of Chicago Press; Wesleyan University Press. Tickets: bit.ly/psapulitzer100 

Admission fee: $15.00
7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Great Hall of the The Cooper Union
7 E 7th Street
10003 New York, New York



Here is my gift, not roses on your grave, not sticks of burning incense. You lived aloof, maintaining to the end your magnificent disdain. You drank wine, and told the wittiest jokes, and suffocated inside stifling walls. Alone you let the terrible stranger in, and stayed with her alone. Now you're gone, and nobody

i will die in havana in a hurricane
it will be morning, i'll be facing southwest
away from the gulf, away from the storm 
away from home, looking to the virid hills 
of matanzas where the orisha rise, lifted 
by congueros in masks of iron, bongoseros 
in masks of water, timbaleros in masks of fire
by all the
Those four black girls blown up
in that Alabama church
remind me of five hundred
middle passage blacks,
in a net, under water
in Charleston harbor
so redcoats wouldn't find them.
Can't find what you can't see
can you?