Red Hen Press's 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off

Nov 18, 2012 2:00PM

Location 800 S. Plymouth Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Cost $5-10
Details Please join Red Hen Press, in association with the venerable Ruskin Art Club, at the 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off with tasty chili and spicy poetry by Eric Morago, Laurel Ann Bogen, Charles Harper Webb, and Jessica Patapoff. The Ruskin Art Club, founded in 1888, is Los Angeles’ oldest cultural association. Its 1922 clubhouse was declared a Los Angeles Historical Monument in 1997. For more information, please contact Red Hen Press at

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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). His first full-length collection of poetry and prose, 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. 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.

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies and Rag Tag We Kiss. Her New and Collected Poems is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Since 1990 she has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award in 2008. Well known for her lively readings, Bogen has read her work at Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority, MOCA and LACE. She is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize, two awards from the Academy of American Poets and a 2011 Pushcart Prize nomination. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies.

Charles Harper Webb’s numerous books of poetry include Reading the Water, Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies, Amplified Dog, and Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, which he edited. Shadow Ball: New & Selected Poems was recently released by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Among Webb’s awards are the Morse Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, the Benjamin Saltman Prize, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poets of the New Century, Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former rock singer/guitarist, he is a licensed psychotherapist, and directs the MFA Program at California State University, Long Beach.

Jessica Patapoff received her MFA in poetry from Cal State University Long Beach in 2011. Since graduating, she holds a full time job in international sales and also teaches free writing workshops at The LGBT Center in Long Beach. Besides poetry, Jessica loves to travel and everything about Italian culture. She also enjoys Spanish accents, old bikes, Stanley Kubrick films, Pit Bulls and the Mediterranean Sea. Her poetry has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Verdad, and Pop Art: An Anthology of Southern California Poets. Although Jessica lives in Long Beach, CA she considers herself a Roman at heart.

Venue The Ruskin Art Club
RSVP General $10/Students and Seniors $5

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