Since its opening in 1993, KGB Bar has become a New York literary institution. Join Red Hen Press for an evening of poetry and conversation at the renowned bar, featuring award-winning writers Eric Morago, BH James, Mira Bartok and Katharine Coles. It will take place on March 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. The address is 85 East 4th Street NYC. Admission is FREE, but drinks are required. For more about the venue, visit kgbbar.com.
Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. His work can be found in numerous print and on-line publications and anthologized in such collections as, Carving in Bone (Moon Tide Press, 2007), Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books, 2010) and Don't Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach, 2011). Currently Eric is an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association, and teaches workshops for Red Hen Press' Writing in School's program. His first full-length collection of poetry and prose entitled, What We Ache For, is available from Moon Tide Press. Eric has also teamed with Melody Maker Productions to release I Don't Like Straws, a studio produced spoken word album featuring music by David Gielan, which can be found on iTunes, Amazon and other music sites of the like. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and writes to live in Whittier, CA where he is the poetry curator for Half Off Books and runs a quarterly reading series at Vinatero Wine Shop.
B.H. James was born and raised an only child in Galt, California. He attended Catholic schools and had a dog named Pepsi. He went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he majored in Sociology, which was slightly useless as he mostly took creative writing courses. He took too long to graduate, mostly due to his preoccupation with pursuing a career in amateur rodeo. Somewhere in his late twenties, he got tired of driving to and fro throughout the country catching steers, so he took a job teaching high school English in the International Baccalaureate program in Stockton, California, finding there his two loves: teaching and his wife, Liz, a fellow English teacher. B.H. holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska. It was there that Parnucklian for Chocolate, B.H.'s first novel, began to take shape. B.H. currently lives in Lodi, California with his wife, baby boy, and their cats Rooster and Mike Tyson.
New York Times bestselling author and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Mira Bartók is an artist, NPR commentator and author of twenty-eight books for children. Her writing has appeared in literary journals, magazines and anthologies and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and noted in The Best American Essays series. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she mentors other writers and runs Mira's List, a blog that helps artists find funding and residencies all over the world. Along with her drummer and music producer Doug Plavin, she is also co-founder of North of Radio, a multi-media collaborative. You can find her at www.mirabartok.com.
Katharine Coles is the author of five collections of poems and two novels. In 2010, she traveled to Antarctica to write poems under the auspices of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program; The Earth Is Not Flat comprises poems from that project. She is a full professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Utah, where she founded and co-directs the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature.