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The Writers Place Reading featuring Kamilah Aisha Moon, Ron Koertge, Charles Harper Webb

  • 17 Sep 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • held virtually via Zoom

Ron Koertge (KUR-chee)  is the recipient of grants from the N.E.A. and the California Arts Council,  has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry (1999 and 2005). A (2017)  Pushcart Prize winner,  his most recent book from Red Hen Press is a comic-for-smart-people:   Olympusville.  He is also the author of “Negative Space,” short-listed for an Oscar in Animated Short Films (2018).  He was included in Volume 380 in the Dictionary Of Literary Biography series: Twenty-First-Century American Poets.

Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of Starshine & Clay (2017), a CLMP Firecracker Award finalist featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" as a collection that captures America in poetry, and She Has a Name (2013), a finalist for both the Audre Lorde and Lambda Literary Awards, Kamilah Aisha Moon's work has been published widely, including in The New York TimesBest American Poetry, Harvard Review, Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize winner and 2015 New American Poet who has received fellowships to MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook, she teaches creative writing at Agnes Scott College. 

Charles Harper Webb has published twelve books of poetry, including Reading the Water, Liver, Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies, Hot Popsicles, Amplified Dog, Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems, and Brain Camp. His latest collection, Sidebend World, was published in 2018 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.  A Millions MFAs Are Not Enough, a collection of Webb’s essays on the craft of poetry, was published in 2016 by Red Hen Press.  Red Hen will also publish Webb's novel Ursula Lake in 2022. 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 many distinguished journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Poets of the New Century, Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former professional rock musician and 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, the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award.  An avid fly-fisherman, he teaches at California State University, Long Beach, has a son in college, and lives with his wife in Southern CA.

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