Pen and Brush in Conversation: Kate Angus and Lauren Amalia Redding
October 2015 marked the launch of Pen and Brush’s publishing imprint, when we released two ebooks, a short story, and a collection of debut poetry by writer and artist Lauren Amalia Redding. Join us for an evening of conversation between Lauren Redding, a working writer/artist, and Kate Angus, a working editor/teacher who curated the work for Pen and Brush, as they discuss their experience making a career as women in the arts.
Lauren Amalia Redding is an artist and poet living and working in Astoria, Queens, New York. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and her M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art in New York, New York. She has exhibited her artwork from Chicago and New York to Tokyo, with pieces in private collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Redding has also been featured as one of “Today’s Masters: Artists Making Their Mark” by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. In October 2015, she will be an artist in residence at the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, housed in Giorgio Vasari’s old studio. Though Redding works primarily as a visual artist, she first expressed herself by writing, and has been writing in secret for ten years. This is the first time any of her poetry has been published.
Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books and the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from The New School. A former Writer in Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, she currently lives in New York where she teaches at Gotham Writers’ Workshop and privately. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, Subtropics, Best New Poets 2010, The Awl, The Rumpus, and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of A Room of Her Own Foundation’s “Orlando” Prize for Creative Nonfiction, The Southeast Review’s creative nonfiction prize, a New York Times “Teacher who Made a Difference” award and an artists residency on the Wildfjords trail in Iceland.