Red Hen Press is proud to present a night of poetry with William Archila, Jericho Brown, and Dean Kostos. These poets explore themes of identity and cultural legacies in the midst of the ‘American’ city. William Archila maps the complex territory of his exile in The Gravedigger’s Archaeology, poetry about childhood, war, travel, departure, return, and loss spoken in the voice picked up in America – one of jazz riffs and urban landscapes. Jericho Brown examines race, masculinity, and sexuality in language inspired by both the Bible and the blues in his collection The New Testament. Dean Kostos reveals a New York that’s often missed in the everyday, bringing the peripheral into deeper focus in his collection This Is Not a Skyscraper.
The poets will deliver and push us to do the same. This one is not to be missed.
The Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Full Length Bios:
William Archila is the author of The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009), which won an International Latino Book Award in 2010 and was honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship Award by The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. He has been published in AGNI, American PoetryReview, Notre Dame Review, Crab Orchard Review, and The Georgia Review, among others. His book was featured in “First Things First: The Fifth Annual Debut Poets Roundup” in Poets & Writers. His second book, The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (Red Hen Press, 2015), recently won the 2015 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize.
Jericho Brown’s first collection of poetry, Please, won the 2009 American Book Award. His second collection, The New Testament, was named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The American Poetry Review, and The Best American Poetry. Brown is an Assistant Professor at Emory University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dean Kostos’s collections include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty, forthcoming from Red Hen Press in April of 2015), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. He co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut reading was held at the United Nations). He translated and compiled a suite of Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek poems for an event sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation.
His work has appeared in over 300 journals, including The Bangalore Review (India), Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), The Same, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Vanitas, Western Humanities Review, on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com, and elsewhere. His libretto, Dialogue: Angel of War, Angel of Peace, was performed by Voices of Ascension. His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard UP Web site and Talisman. A multiple Pushcart-Prize nominee, and a finalist for the Gival and Jot Speak (UK) awards, he has taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School, and CUNY. His poem “Subway Silk” was translated into a film and screened in Tribeca and at San Francisco’s IndieFest. He is currently working on another collection of poems and a memoir.
This event will be moderated by Kate Gale:
Kate Gale is the 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.