Red Hen Press presents an evening of wit-laced poetry with a surrealist yet profound twist at Cornelia Street Café. Featuring: Gary Dop, a hilarious poet who has the ability to make us laugh and break our hearts simultaneously, will feature excerpts of his debut collection, Father, Child, Water. Steve Langan, a poet known for telling it like it is with delicate details and piercing precision, will be sharing excerpts of his forthcoming collection, How It Flies. Colette Inez, no stranger to poetry challenges us to dig a bit deeper into the imagination, dances with reality and the surreal, always in rhythm, in her brand new collection, The Luba Poems.
This will stir the soul and move our imaginations in a way that’s necessary.
The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
Full Length Bios:
Gary Dop—poet, performer, and playwright—lives in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where he is an English professor at Randolph College. Dop received his MFA from the University of Nebraska, and his writing, which has been published throughout the country in magazines such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Agni, and New Letters, has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and the 2013 Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize.
Steve Langan is the author of Freezing (2001), Notes on Exile and Other Poems (2005), Meet Me at the Happy Bar (2009), and What It Looks Like, How It Flies(Gibraltar Editions, 2015). He teaches in the University of Nebraska at Omaha MFA in Writing program, and he’s the founder and director of Seven Doctors Project. Langan lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and on Cliff Island, Maine.
Colette Inez, of French origins, was Belgian-born and reared in a Catholic Home for Children in Brussels. She was brought to the U.S. as a youngster just before the outbreak of World War II. After graduating from Hunter College in 1961, she taught in public and private schools in New York City, as well as in Poets-in-the-Schools programs. She has since authored ten books of poetry and a memoir, been published in more than seventy anthologies and textbooks, and presented her work in over 110 colleges and universities. Her eleventh collection “The Luba Poems” will be released by Red Hen Press in early 2015. A long-time faculty member of Columbia University, she also taught at Cornell, Ohio, Bucknell, the New School and Colgate universities. Inez instructed at leading writer’s conferences, written essays, short stories and reviews, judged many poetry prize contests and appeared on public radio and TV. Her papers can now be accessed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University. Recently announced is the “Colette Inez Poetry Prize” to be awarded annually by the Academy of American Poets to graduate students. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a freelance writer and columnist.
Moderated by Kate Gale:
Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She is the author of seven books of poetry including Echo Light (Red Mountain Press) and The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014 and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.