2.15.2005

Poetry, Publishing, Opera, and Computers Converge
When Kate Gale and Lola Haskins Read at POEM.X in February

Poem.X present two poets of diverse talents, Kate Gale and Lola Haskins, on Friday, February 25, 2005 at 8 P.M. Poem.X events, curated by poets Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal, are held at Barnes & Noble Santa Monica, 1201 Third Street Promenade (at Wilshire), (310) 260-9110. Admission is free.

Gale is a true force on the Los Angeles literary scene. With her husband, Mark Cull, she is the co-founder and managing editor of Red Hen Press, which is fast becoming the highest-profile small press in southern California. Red Hen, along with publishing books by many local authors also publishes the journal Los Angeles Review and sponsors the Poetry at the Ruskin reading series. Gale is an accomplished poet in her own right. Mating Season, her fourth collection of poetry, was published by Tupelo Press in 2004. Her previous poetry books include Fishers of Men, Selling the Hammock, and Blue Air. She teaches poetry and Hyper-opera at California Institute of the Arts.

Haskins' most recent book is Desire Lines, New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2004). She has published six previous books of poems including Extranjera (Story Line Press) and The Rim Benders (Anhinga Press), and has recently finished The Wing on the Mailbox, A Beginner's Guide to the Poetic Life. A faculty member with the University of Florida's Computer and Information Sciences Department, she is working on two new poetry collections and a book of meditations on Florida's state parks. Haskins' collaborations include playing the speaking role of Mata Hari in a ballet of that title for which she wrote the libretto, presenting a concert of her collection Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano with composer James Paul Sain and pianist Kevin Sharpe, and participating in a joint exhibit with photographer Diane Farris. She also has read her work on NPR and BBC radio in England.

The Poem.X series continues on Friday, March 11, 2005 at 8 P.M. with readings by Jenny Factor and James Ragan.


For further information, contact:
Jim Natal at: (310) 821-3906 / jimnatal@comcast.net
or Jeanette Clough: JClough@getty.edu

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