Otis College of Art & Design’s Visiting Writers Series: Dantiel W. Moniz

Dantiel W. Moniz will read and discuss her work. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, and has been named a “Writer to Watch” by Publishers Weekly and Apple Books. Her debut collection, Milk Blood Heat, was an Indie Next Pick, an inaugural Roxane Gay Audacious Book Club pick, and has been hailed as “must-read” by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Elle, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, One Story, American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. Moniz is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hen House at Home: Poetic Identity

Red Hen Press welcomes poets Nicole Stellon O’Donnell and Benjamin Saltman award winner M. Soledad Caballero in this virtual poetry special! Nicole and M. Soledad will discuss poetry and memory, history, and identity. We’ll explore a poet’s way of connecting with themselves, their pasts, and reconciling their identities as they juggle the various “roles” they play in their lives.
This will certainly be a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Viewable LIVE on Wednesday, September 8, at 4:00pm PT at www.redhen.org/virtual, www.youtube.com/redhenpress, and www.facebook.com/redhenpress.

NEH Reading and Conversation Series: Douglas Manuel and Ron Koertge

Closing our 2021 poetry lecture and conversation series are Douglas Manuel and Ron Koertge, with conversation moderated by Jason Schneiderman on teaching formalism in the classroom.
With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Red Hen Press is proud to bring a unique lecture and conversation series to the public, focusing on the history and future of formalism in poetry.

The unifying thread of this conversation series is exploring formalist poetry and the role it plays in our culture as poetry continues to evolve. Why do we as readers and listeners to poetry continue to love the sound and rhythm of formal poetry? Why does it create a kind of heartbeat for us?

Our series is organized with a movement from the traditional to the contemporary, bringing in diverse experiences and voices. Speakers will discuss poetry’s formal foundation and how teaching these building blocks allows for growth. In order for young people to do experimental poetry, they have to know what rules to break; to play with form, they have to know what form is. In poetry, traditional forms are the way we learn technique. If poetry were dance, form is ballet.

Streamed live on redhen.org, facebook.com/redhenpress, and youtube.com/redhenpressbeats

Hen House at Home ft. David Campos and Maceo Montoya

Our final Hen House at Home virtual event features David Campos and Maceo Montoya, who together conceptualized and created the gorgeous poetry/art hybrid collection AMERICAN QUASAR (available for purchase here: https://shop.aer.io/Red_Hen_Press/cl/Spring_/218726) David and Maceo will take us through the journey of how this book came to be, where their ideas came from, the complexities of creating art for poetry and poetry for art in tandem, and the fluidity of inspiration that ebbs and flows between both.
Tune in on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/redhenpress, our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/redhenpressbeats, or our website at www.redhen.org/virtual. We hope to see you there!