Join me at the Red Hen Press booth for a book signing and meet and greet for The Perpetual Motion Machine. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 at the University of Southern California’s campus.
Red Hen Press Author's Night at I AM BOOKS with Dennis Must, Ellen Meeropol, and Kathline Carr - Boston, MA
Join Brittany Ackerman, Dennis Must, Ellen Meeropol, and Kathline Carr will be reading works of literature at I AM BOOKS, Boston. Join them at this one time event on Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Brittany Ackerman will read and discuss her collection of essays The Perpetual Motion Machine alongside fellow Red Hen Press authors for a night of literary conversation.
Dennis Must is the author of three novels: Brother Carnival (Red Hen Press, December 2018), The World’s Smallest Bible (Red Hen Press, March 2014) and Hush Now, Don’t Explain (Coffeetown Press, October 2014); plus three short story collections: Going Dark (Coffeetown Press 2016), Oh, Don’t Ask Why (Red Hen Press 2007) and Banjo Grease (Creative Arts Book Company, 2000). He won the 2014 Dactyl Foundation Literary Fiction Award for Hush Now, Don’t Explain, and The World’s Smallest Bible was a 2014 USA Best Book Award Finalist in the Literary Fiction category. His plays have been produced off-off-Broadway and he has been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He resides with his wife in Salem, Massachusetts.
Ellen Meeropol is the author of three novels, Kinship of Clover (named a Great Group Reads for 2017 by the Women’s National Book Association), On Hurricane Island (honored as a Must-Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book) and House Arrest. Her fourth novel, Her Sister’s Tattoo, is forthcoming in 2020. Recent essay publications include The Boston Globe, The Writer, Guernica, The Cleaver, and The Writers Chronicle. She is a founder and former Board president of Straw Dog Writers Guild. www.ellenmeeropol.com.
Kathline Carr, writer and visual artist, is the author of Miraculum Monstrum, (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (AROHO) and finalist for American Book Fest's Best Book Award in the category of Fiction: Cross Genre. Carr's work has appeared in many publications, including Calyx, Alexandria Quarterly, Connecticut Review, Entropy, Yew Journal; she has exhibited widely in New England, New York City, and Canada, and is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA. Carr received her BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, VT with concentrations in visual art and feminist philosophy, an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston. She lives in the Berkshires.
T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, she is the author of the memoir LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS (Bloomsbury). She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Join me at the Red Hen booth to get your copy of The Perpetual Motion Machine signed! Red Hen has booth 3001-3005.
I’ll be signing on Friday, March 29 as well from 3:00-4:00pm.
Join Red Hen Press and Golden Foothills Press for a reading and discussion on memoir with Brittany Ackerman, author of The Perpetual Motion Machine and Joseph C. Robledo, author of Blood on the Canvas.
Canto Robledo's parents immigrated to America from Mexico with big dreams pushing against poverty and hardship. Canto became an amateur boxer at age 15, turned pro at 16, and was the Pacific Coast Bantamweight Champion in 1932 at age 19, headed for a shot at the world championship title. He was a rising star, a local hero to thousands...until that fateful match at age 20 that left him permanently blind. Shattered, he flailed for 5 long years in depression and hopelessness until he found a new calling in his life. As the first and only blind boxing manager and trainer in America, Canto helped change the lives of over 500 young men seeking direction, success, self-esteem, and championships in a career spanning 60 years and earning Hall of Fame honors.
In this book of careful research and cherished recollections, Canto's younger son Joseph, who was also an amateur boxer trained by his father, shares how the icon he knew proudly as his role model and hero turned devastation and shattered dreams into selfless accomplishments bigger than life.
Sarah Cannon was born in Seattle and raised in Seattle’s north-end neighborhoods. Her writing appears in the New York Times, Salon.com, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Brainline.org, and Bitch Magazine, among others. Sarah has been active as a community education writing instructor at places in the Seattle area like Verdant Health and Edmonds Community College. She was a scholarship recipient at the inaugural Quest Writers’ Conference in 2015 (Squamish, B.C.), as well as at BinderConLA in 2017. Sarah holds an MFA from Goddard College, where she received the Spirit of Goddard award and for whom she later helped launch the Lighthouse Writers' Conference and Retreat in Port Townsend, WA.
Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son and The Stylist. Her newest novel Weather Woman, is about a meteorologist who discovers she has the power to change the weather. Cai’s story collection, Vanishing, winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, will be published in the fall of 2019. Formerly a playwright and screenwriter, her short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative, and Arts and Culture, among others. She is a graduate of Yale University, New York University, and the University of Oregon where she now teaches in the Creative Writing Program.
Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction, a debut novel forthcoming on Red Hen Press in spring of 2020. An essayist and journalist, Kristen is Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. Her work has been featured by the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, Crosscut, Hobart, Moss and KUOW 94.9-FM, as well as the anthologies Pie & Whiskey and Latina Outsiders. Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Her reporting has been recognized by the Society for Features Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Kristen was a fellow at the UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Jack Straw Writing Program and the University of Washington Graduate School. She serves as board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit newsroom she co-founded in the Pacific Northwest.
FAU ALUMNAE READINGS
BRITTANY ACKERMAN is a graduate of FAU’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing. She completed a residency at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, and has attended the Mont Blanc Workshop in Chamonix, France. She currently lives in Los Angeles and her collection of essays and winner of the 2016 Non c on Award, The Perpetual Motion Machine was published by Red Hen Press in the fall of 2018.
STEPHANIE ANDERSON is a writer of literary journalism, narrative nonfiction, and literary fiction. Her work focuses on rural life, agriculture, food, the environment, personal relationships, and animals. Stephanie’s debut nonfiction book, One Size Fits None, will be released in January 2019 from University of Nebraska Press. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hotel Amerika, Kudzu House Quarterly, The Chronicle Review, Sweet, and others. Her essay “Greyhound” won the 2016 Payton James Freeman Essay Prize.
MR SHEFFIELD is a third-generation Floridian. She received her MFA in fiction from FAU in 2009; since that she’s been employed as an English Instructor and Graduate Advisor at FAU. Her work has been published in Black Warrior Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Florida Review, and other publications. Marvels of Natural History (Sundress Press, 2019) is her first collection.
Brittany Ackerman discusses her collection of essays, The Perpetual Motion Machine with Davy Rothbart.
Davy Rothbart is a bestselling author, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, the creator of Found Magazine, a contributor to public radio's This American Life, and the author of a book of personal essays, My Heart Is An Idiot, and a collection of stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Los Angeles Magazine, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. His documentary film, Medora, about a resilient high-school basketball team in a dwindling Indiana town, aired on the acclaimed PBS series Independent Lens, won a 2015 Emmy Award, and can now be streamed online. Rothbart is also the founder of Washington To Washington, an annual hiking adventure for inner-city kids. He lives in Los Angeles.
Brittany Ackerman discusses her new memoir, The Perpetual Motion Machine, with Francesca Bell.
Francesca Bell’s poems and translations appear in many journals, including B O D Y, ELLE, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She is the board chair of Marin Poetry Center and the former poetry editor of River Styx. She co-translated Palestinian poet Shatha Abu Hnaish's collection, A Love That Hovers Like a Bedeviling Mosquito (Dar Fadaat, 2017). Red Hen Press will publish her first collection, Bright Stain, in 2019.
Ackerman will be in conversation with Matty Glasgow, author of the poetry collection, deciduous qween, selected by Richard Blanco as the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award and forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2019. His poems appear in the Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Collagist, BOAAT, Muzzle Magazine, Nimrod and elsewhere.
Ron Koertge is the current Poet Laureate of South Pasadena. His career as a writer of poetry and fiction-for-young-adults spans more than fifty years. His latest book of poems ( Yellow Moving Van) is from University of Pittsburgh Press.
Join Brittany Ackerman as she reads from her debut memoir, THE PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE! Reading is followed by a Q&A with Celeste Gainey on the writing craft, life, and literature.
Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press), cited by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “8 New Books of Poetry to Savor” in 2015. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. She has been a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence as well as a presenting poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture. www.celestegainey.com.
No Tokens will be hosting our Issue 7 Launch Party on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 @ 7pm at the powerHouse Arena (28 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY).
Please join us to celebrate the work and the artists we’re privileged enough to showcase. If you aren’t in the area, send your New York friends our way. Friends of friends are also most welcome. We will have beverages, cake, issues, totes, tees and the following geniuses of No Tokens past and present on the mic:
Kayleb Rae Candrilli
Emma Copley Eisenberg
Polly Duff Kertis