A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Ron Koertge and Diane Thiel will read from their latest poetry collections, published by local Red Hen Press, at the Flintridge Bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Ron Koertge, a longtime resident of South Pasadena, taught at Pasadena City College for 37 years. A prolific writer, he has published more than 30 books of poetry and prose. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two PEN Awards. He teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. 

Of Koertge’s latest collection, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins says: “New and surprising poems—sly, inventive, and deeply good-hearted—that journey deep into the imagination’s outer limits. A mannequin talks about her job, Mickey Mouse shops for shoes, and the Bride of Frankenstein remembers her wedding night. Full of surprises and satisfying on many levels, I Dreamed I Was Emily Dickinson’s Boyfriend deserves a place in the poetry section of every heads-up reader.”

Diane Thiel is the author of 10 books of poetry and nonfiction. Her awards include a PEN Award, the Nicholas Roerich Prize and a Fulbright. She is Professor of English and Associate Chair at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and lives in the Sandia Mountain foothills.

Her eagerly anticipated collection of poems, Questions from Outer Space, explores fresh and often humorous perspectives that capture the surreal quality of our swiftly changing lives on this planet. 


Flintridge Bookstore, 858 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada Flintridge 91011