Reynolds Endowed Chair, 308.865.8672
Dr. Kate Gale will perform a reading of her poetry and writing, and answer questions about her literary work and librettos at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Recital Hall.
Dr. Gale is the managing editor of Red Hen Press, the editor of the LosAngeles Review, a board member of the Poetry Society of America and president of the American Composers Forum/LA. She is also the author of the opera Rio de Sangre with composer Don Davis, and co-author of Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor. Dr. Gale’s Rio de Sangre was performed, in part, at Disney Hall in November of 2005, and her opera Paradises Lost was performed, in part, at the New York City Opera in May of 2006.
She has published five volumes of her own poetry and is the founder of Red Hen Press, an independent publishing company in Los Angeles, which publishes writers from all over the nation.
Dr. Gale has taken the road less traveled. Rather than become a writer with a tenure-track job, she became a writer with two small children. Rather than mourn the lack of literary community in her adopted city of Los Angeles, she decided to create one in the form of Red Hen Press, Los Angeles’ literary jewel; The LosAngeles Review, a literary magazine; the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Series; the Geffen reading series; and a Writers in the Schools program for underserved communities.
At 40, she completed her Ph.D. in literature from Claremont (California) Graduate University, ran her first marathon and climbed Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48.
She most recently served as the president of PEN USA. PEN is the premier human rights association for writers worldwide.
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2007-2008 University of Nebraska at Kearney Reynolds Series, bringing exemplary literary arts events to the combined communities of UNK, Kearney and Central Nebraska. A reception and book signing will follow.
For more information about this presentation contact: Allison Hedge Coke, Reynolds Chair, at 308.865.8672.