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Join Red Hen Press in Bloomsbury, London, for a Red Hen Press/Pighog Books reading featuring Katharine Coles, Teri Youmans Grimm, America Hart, MacGillivray and Karen Shoemaker.


Katharine Coles

Katharine Coles’s fifth poetry collection, The Earth Is Not Flat (Red Hen Press, 2013), was written under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program; ten poems from the book, translated into German by Klaus Martens, appeared in the summer 2014 issue of the journal Matrix. She has also published two novels. Recent poems and prose have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Seneca Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Image, Crazyhorse, Ascent, and Poetry. A professor at the University of Utah, in 2009–10 she served as the inaugural director of the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute. She has received grants and awards from the NEA, the NEH and, in 2012–13, the Guggenheim Foundation.

Teri Youmans Grimm

Teri Youmans Grimm is the author of one previous poetry collection: Dirt Eaters (University Press of Florida). Her writing has also appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Connecticut Review, South Dakota Review, Sugar House Review and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods, among other publications. She currently teaches in the low-res MFA program at the University of Nebraska. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband and two children where she sings in a cover band and hunts alligators.

Karen Gettert Shoemaker

Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the author of Night Sounds and Other Stories (Dufour, 2002) and a novel, The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, 2014). Awards for her writing include a Nebraska Press Association Award for Feature Writing, two Independent Artist Fellowship Awards from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a Nebraska Book Award for Short Fiction. Her work has been published in a variety of newspapers and journals, including The London Independent, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, and The South Dakota Review, and anthologized in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, An Untidy Season, and Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. She is a faculty mentor with the University of Nebraska’s MFA in Writing Program. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she and her husband own and operate Shoemaker’s Truck Stop and Travel Center

America Hart

America Hart directs the MA Creative Writing Program at London Metropolitan University. Born and raised in Colorado, she lived in Boston and New York City before moving to London. Her work has appeared in journals and publications such as Black Ice, Sniper Logic, Blackbox Manifold, Shearsman Magazine, Stride Magazine, and the Journal of African Cultural Studies. Her honors include a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Fellowship and the Jovanovich Award from the University of Colorado. She has received research grants to conduct fieldwork in Jamaica, Zimbabwe, and Ghana.


Macgillivray is the Highland name Scottish vocalist, performance artist and poet Kirsten Norrie. MacGillivray plays electric autoharp, grand and toy piano, harmonium, dulcitone. As a musician she has made five records and has performed internationally. As a performance artist MacGillivray is part of the European collective 'The Wolf in Winter' founded by B. Catling who have worked in Greenland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the UK. As a solo artist MacGillivray has worked in Vietnam, the US, Norway, the UK, Spain and Germany. With a doctorate from Oxford University in Scottish performance and language, MacGillivray published a first full collection of poetry in 2013 'The Last Wolf of Scotland'as a Scottish Western and writes using Scots Gaelic as well as Scots, Orcadian, Norn and Shetlandic. Her work has appeared in Magma, the Quietus, the Wire, Art Monthly, the Scottish Poetry Library's anthology of the next generation of Scottish writers 'Be the First to Like This', New Writing Scotland, the Scotsman and the Herald.