September is a busy month. Gratefully, it is busy with poetry. This is the best sort of busy for it always feels like a blessing. Life is in full beauty–in living gold–when with poetry. I hope to fall with you.
Here is where you can find me:
“To me, poetry is about survival first of all. Survival of the individual self, survival of the emotional life.”
I wouldn’t have survived life (or myself) without the poetry of Gregory Orr. I would have lost all belief of integrity if not for Kate Gale. These two teach me how to be human; to read with them will be…
…I’m not sure how it will be. Maybe this is the sort of mystery that marks the difference between life and being alive. Gratitude doesn’t begin to describe it–maybe wonderment.
I have missed New York; it is my other home; the home I’ll never know–the home of a different life.
Poets House: Literary Partners Program: Red Hen Press presents Gregory Orr, Kate Gale & Nicelle Davis
Date and Time:
September 13, 2014 – 4:00PM
Elizabeth Kray Hall
$10 Regular Admission, $7 Students and Seniors, $5 for Poets House Members
Red Hen Press presents a day of readings by:
Moderated by: Teri Grimm
Gregory Orr was born in Albany, New York in 1947, and grew up in the rural Hudson Valley. He received a BA degree from Antioch College in 1969 and an MFA from Columbia University in 1972.He is the author of more than ten collections of poetry, including River Inside the River: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2013), How Beautiful the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved (2005), The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems (2002), Orpheus and Eurydice (2001), and City of Salt (1995), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Virginia, where he founded the MFA Program in Writing in 1975, and served from 1978 to 2003 as Poetry Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives with his wife, the painter Trisha Orr, and their two daughters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of The Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles. She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America. She is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Her latest collections are The Goldilocks Zone (New Mexico Press, 2014) and Echo Light, forthcoming this Fall. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.
Originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas is her second book. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. Her third collection, In the Circus of You, will be released by Rose Metal Press in 2014. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. You can read her e-chapbooks at Gold Wake Press and Whale Sound. She is the director of the Living Poetry Project. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog and is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press and The Los Angeles Review. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. She currently teaches at Antelope Valley College.
Teri Youmans Grimm’s first poetry collection, Dirt Eaters, was chosen for the University of Central Florida’s poetry series and was published by the University Press of Florida. She just completed Becoming Lyla Dore, a collection of persona poems in the voice of a fictional silent film star. Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Green Mountains Review, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review, Connecticut Review, Sugar House Review, EAT and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods, among other journals and anthologies. She is the recipient of a Nebraska Arts Fellowship and has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. She currently teaches in the University of Nebraska low-res MFA program.
Back from New York, there will be blood!
Edge of Town. POETRY. With a Noir. Touch. (4:30-5:15pm)
Take a ride with a group of bold poets who take us to the dark side…where poetry isn’t always pretty!
Michael Datcher (“Raising Fences”)
Nicelle Davis (“Becoming Judas”)
Kim Dower (“Slice of Moon”)
Suzanne Lummis (“Open 24 Hours”)
Charles Harper Webb (” TK “)
After all the bloodshed in Hollywood, I’ll be racing to…
Event starts at 6:30
Building Bridges Art Exchange
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Sat, Sept. 27 – LAR event
Nicelle Davis, BH James, Michael Allen Loruss, Michael Cooper, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo