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By Lookout Staff

July 26, 2016 -- On Tuesday evening in Santa Monica, three female poets will read from works that explore everything from drone warfare to the intersection of mathematics and spiritually and the loss of a husband.

The event at the Annenberg Community Beach House -- presented by Red Hen Press in partnership with the Poetry Society of America -- will feature readings by poets Kim Addonizio, Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian and Amy Uyematsu beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Addonizio, a National Book Award Finalist for her poetry collection "Tell Me," is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections and two books on writing poetry.

She has been called “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets" for her "bold and candid work," event organizers said.

Her latest books are "Lucifer at the Starlite," which was a finalist for the Poets Prize and the Northern California Book Award, and "Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within."

"Poetry is an often misunderstood art," Addonizio wrote in the introduction to "Ordinary Genius." "It is work. Work that you struggle with and sometimes turn from in frustration or even despair."

Tchakalian, a poet and visual artist, "writes on life after loss in her collection of letters to a dead husband, offering an unflinchingly personal memorial," organizers said.

After discovering poetry, Tchakalian abandoned painting for ten years, organizers said. A past co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets Series and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, her works have appeared in numerous publications.

The poems of Amy Uyematsu -- a mathematics major whose parents were interned in American camps during World War II -- explore "the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality and the natural world," organizers said.

Her poetry collections include "Stone Bow Prayer" (2005), "Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain" (1997) and "30 Miles from J-Town" (1992), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.

Founded in 1994, the non-profit Red Hen Press publishes twenty works of poetry, literary fiction and autobiography each year and is "dedicated to supporting quality writing that is being ignored or overlooked by large or commercial publishers," organizers said.

The Press also "donates books to schools, libraries and other institutions and presents seven reading series in New York and Los Angeles showcasing current and backlist authors," according to organizers.

Tickets for the event are free but space is limited and reservations are required.

The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way in Santa Monica. Parking is $12 per day or $3 per hour.

At 5 p.m., docents will be available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the historic site.

For more information visit or call (310) 458-4904.

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