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Red Hen Press is so excited to partner with Renaissance Heart and Stick Figure Productions for this live, in-person event at the Village Studios in Los Angeles. Featuring poetry readings by Francesca Bell and Douglas Manuel, and music by Renaissance Heart, a new Eclectic global music project with a unique blend of Jazz, World Music, Folk, and Classical Influence.

Francesca Bell is a poet and translator. Her debut collection, Bright Stain (Red Hen Press 2019), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Julie Suk Award. Her work appears widely in literary journals, and she has received a Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and an Honorable Mention in Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize. Bell grew up in Washington and Idaho and did not complete middle school, high school, or college. She lives with her family in Novato, CA.

Douglas Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and an MFA from Butler University. He is currently a Middleton and Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. His poems are featured on Poetry Foundation’s website and have appeared or are forthcoming in ZyzzyvaPleiadesPoetry NorthwestThe Los Angeles ReviewSuperstition ReviewRhinoNorth American ReviewThe Chattahoochee ReviewNew Orleans ReviewCrab Creek Review, and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poems, Testify (Red Hen Press, 2017), won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry. In 2018, he traveled to Egypt and Eritrea with The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program to teach poetry. In 2020, he received the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts to travel to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico to write.

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