Keynote Authors

 

Friday


B. H. Fairchild
B. H. Fairchild

B. H. Fairchild

B. H. Fairchild has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Arthur Rense Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, among others. His work appears widely and he has taught at numerous institutions. He is currently a professor of English at the University of North Texas.


Simon Fruelund
Simon Fruelund

Simon Fruelund

Simon Fruelund is the author of five books, among them Mælk (1997)—to be published by SFWP as Milk and Other Stories—and Panamericana (2012). His work has been translated into Italian, Swedish, and English, and his short stories have appeared in a number of magazines across the U.S, including World Literature Today, Redivider, and Absinthe. For nine years Fruelund worked as an editor at Denmark’s largest publishing house, Gyldendal, but is now writing full time.


Suzanne Lummis
Suzanne Lummis

Suzanne Lummis

Suzanne Lummis is the founding director of The Los Angeles Poetry Festival, which produced, together with Beyond Baroque, the 25-event, citywide series, “Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film” in 2011.  She is the Literary Director for The Arroyo Arts Collective’s, “Poetry in the Windows,” the popular public art project that for five placed the work of Los Angeles poets in shop windows and will resume in 2014.  She has poems forthcoming in the debut issue of an ambitious new literary magazine edited by Christopher Buckley, Miramar, in Solo Novo published by Glenna Luschei, and a defining essay on the Poem Noir for New Mexico’s Malpais Review, for which she is the California correspondent.Her next collection, Open 24 Hours, will be published by Red Hen Press.

Saturday


Charles Harper Webb
Charles Harper Webb

Charles Harper Webb

Charles Harper Webb, has published ten books of poetry, including Reading the Water, Liver,Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies, Hot Popsicles, and Amplified Dog.  Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems was published in 2009 by the University of Pittsburgh press, which also published What Things Are Made Of in 2013.  Webb’s awards in poetry include the Morse Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, and the Benjamin Saltman Prize.  His poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewParis ReviewIowa Review,PloughsharesMichigan Quarterly ReviewPoets of the New CenturyBest American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former professional rock musician and a psychotherapist, he is the editor of Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, and recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation, and the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.


Tony Barnstone
Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone

Tony BarnstoneTony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College. His books of poems include Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BKMK Press, 2009, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry), The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008, winner, Benjamin Saltman Award);Sad Jazz: Sonnets(Sheep Meadow Press, 2005); and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1998), in addition to the chapbook Naked Magic (Main Street Rag). He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks. His books in these areas are widely utilized. Among his awards are a fellowship from the NEA, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, a Pushcart Prize, and 1st place in in the 2008 Strokestown Poetry Prize. He is the recipient of many national poetry prizes and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.


Eloise Klein Healy
Eloise Klein Healy

Eloise Klein Healy

Eloise Klein Healy is the first poet laureate of Los Angeles. As an editor, Healy is also active in the world of small-press publishing. She co-founded ECO-ARTS, a venture combining ecotourism and the arts, and in 2006 established Arktoi Books, an imprint with Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian writers. She was the Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival Competition, and other honors include grants from the California Arts Council and the City of Los Angeles, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Dorland Mountain Colony, and several Pushcart Prize nominations. Healy’s work has been featured in many anthologies, including The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave (2001), Another City: Writing from Los Angeles (2001), and The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (1999).


Christopher Buckley
Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry for 2007-2008, and has been awarded the James Dickey Prize for 2008 from Five Points Magazine. He received a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing to the former Yugoslavia, four Pushcart Prizes, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and is the recipient of NEA grants in poetry for 2001 and 1984. He is also the author of many books of poetry, including: And the Sea from The Sheep Meadow press in New York, White Shirt from University of Tampa Press, and Sky, also from The Sheep Meadow Press. In 2008, his fifteenth book was published: Modern History: Prose Poems 1987-2007 from Tupelo Press. Christopher is also the editor of many fine collections including:Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California which he edited with Gary Young, How much earth from The Roundhouse Press, and The Geography of Poets from Heyday Books.“Getting there” — Poetry Magazine, May 2012


Laurel Ann Bogen
Laurel Ann Bogen

Laurel Ann Bogen

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of 10 books of poetry and short fiction including Washing a Language,Fission,The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies,The Burning, Do Iguanas Dance, Under the Moonlight? and Rag Tag We Kiss. From 1996 until 2002 she was literary curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she coordinated the Writers in Focus poetry series and co-authored a grant sponsored by Poets and Writers, linking the museum’s education department with Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center to create a writers-in-residence program. She has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program since 1990 and received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year in Creative Writing in 2008. Selected “Best Female Poet/Performer” by the L.A. Weekly in their Best of L.A. issue she is well-known for her lively readings and is a founding member of the acclaimed poetry performance troupe, Nearly Fatal Women.
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