Carolyn See party, D.G. Wills last night, Boston Court upcoming event


What a great party for Carolyn See! The grand dame of Los Angeles’ letters. Her daughters Lisa See and Clara Sturak who were so funny and cool. Her handsome grandson Dash. So many fun people there! Kenneth Turan, Don Bachardy. David Ulin and his wife Rae. Leo Braudy. Tim Vreeland. Judith Searle. Lynnell George. And so many others. The food was good, the cake beautiful and covered with roses. Ivy at the Shore is a fine place for a birthday party.

Carolyn See’s book Making a Literary Life is one of those books one returns to over and over. She wants the young writer to feel they are in good hands. With a loving coach who is going to show them the pitfalls and the way up the mountain.

Here is to Carolyn See and her amazing stories.

The reading at D.G. Wills last night was also amazing. It was standing room only. Lisa read first. One thing she does really well is take her time. I got a little rushed with my reading which is what I do when I’m anxious. And I was anxious. I am one of those ridiculous people who want everything to go well and when I can feel my canoe rocking, it’s hard for me to stay calm. What makes a reading really good is to stay focused and look like you are enjoying yourself.

What I need to do differently is read more, think more, spend less time tapping away on the keys of my laptop like one of the monkeys writing Shakespeare.

On Tuesday, I will be reading at Boston Court at 7 pm with Lisa Krueger and Mark Wunderlich. I look forward to seeing you there!

Red Hen Press
Poetry Readings
February 11, 2014
Poets Lisa C. Krueger, Mark Wunderlich, and Dr. Kate Gale read from their latest works.
Lisa C. Krueger is a poet and psychologist. She is the author of three books of poetry, Rebloom, animals the size of dreams, and Talisman, all from Red Hen Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review and Prairie Schooner. She has written a series of interactive journals related to psychology and creativity. She maintains a private therapy practice focused on women’s issues, health psychology, writing therapy, and the role of creativity in wellness. She lives in Pasadena, California.
Mark Wunderlich is the author of three poetry collections, The Anchorage (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999), which won the Lambda Literary Award, Voluntary Servitude (Graywolf Press, 2004), and The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014). He is the recipient of The Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, Writers at Work Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He grew up in Fountain City, Wisconsin. He holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and a BA in German Literature and English from the University of Wisconsin.
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. Kate 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. She also wrote Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto with composer Daniel Felsenfeld, based on T.C. Boyle’s The Inner Circle. Her sixth poetry collection, The Goldilocks Zone, will be available from University of New Mexico Press in spring 2014. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.
Moderator: Dinah Lenney grew up on the East Coast, outside Boston and New York City, and graduated from a small public high school just north of Manhattan. She earned her Bachelor’s at Yale and a Certificate of Acting from the Neighborhood Playhouse School, eventually moving to Los Angeles where, among other roles, she landed the long-recurring part of Nurse Shirley on NBC’s critically acclaimed series, ER. Dinah’s memoir, Bigger than Life, was published in the American Lives Series at the University of Nebraska Press, and excerpted for the “Lives” column in The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Dinah lives with her husband and children in Echo Park, close enough to Dodger Stadium to hear the roar of the crowd.

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