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The four poets of CAHUENGA PRESS have distinguished histories of publication, performance and teaching.

JAMES CUSHING, born 1953 in Palo Alto CA, holds a doctorate in English from UC Irvine. In the early 1980s, he hosted a live poetry radio program on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles which gave early exposure to Dennis Cooper, David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, Wanda Coleman, Leland Hickman, and many others. Since 1989, he has taught literature and creative writing at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and served as the community’s Poet Laureate for 2008 – 2010. Cushing’s poems have appeared in many journals, and he currently hosts weekly a jazz program on KEBF-FM, 97.3 “The Rock” in Morro Bay (www.esterobayradio.org). His daughter is the New York-based poet Iris Cushing.

PHOEBE MACADAMS is the author of The Large Economy of the Beautiful (Cahuenga Press, 2016), Touching Stone (Cahuenga Press, 2012), Strange Grace (Cahuenga Press, 2007), Livelihood (Cahuenga Press, 2003), Ordinary Snake Dance (Cahuenga Press, 1994), Sunday (Tombouctou Press, 1983), and Ever (Rose Valley Press, 1985). She was a founding member of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. For two years, she ran the Gasoline Alley reading series on Melrose Avenue with the poet, Bill Mohr. She has lived in the poetry communities of Bolinas, California and Boulder, Colorado. She currently lives in Pasadena with her husband, Ron Ozuna. She taught English at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights for twenty-six years until her retirement in 2011. She has published in The World, Peninsula, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pearl, Attaboy Magazine, The Ojai Review and other journals. According to poet Joanne Kyger, she “is sorrowful, careful, graceful, and romantic.” She “sees the angels in the homeless around her... finds her family in breathing... and a home in the poem.”

HARRY E. NORTHUP has had eleven books of poetry published: Amarillo Born, the jon voight poems, Eros Ash, Enough the Great Running Chapel, the images we possess kill the capturing, The Ragged Vertical, Reunions, Greatest Hits, 1996-2001, Red Snow Fence, Where Bodies Again Recline and East Hollywood: Memorial to Reason. He received his B.A. in English from C.S.U.N. where he studied verse with Ann Stanford. New Alliance Records has released his “Personal Crime,” new and selected poems from 1966-1991, on CD and cassette audio recording, and “Homes” on CD. Northup has made a living as an actor for thirty years, acting in thirty-seven films, including “Taxi Driver” (1976 Palme d’Or winner at Cannes), and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991 Oscar winner for Best Picture). Harry is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Lewis MacAdams, in the L.A. Weekly, wrote, “Northup is the poet laureate of East Hollywood.”

HOLLY PRADO'S (1938-2019) work, which combines the personal and the mythic with evocative intensity, has appeared in more than a hundred publications and a dozen anthologies, both nationally and internationally. Her book, Esperanza: Poems for Orpheus (Cahuenga Press, 1998), has been highly praised, particularly in The Women's Review of Books (Wellesley College) and The Chicago Review. In 1999, she received First Prize in the Los Angeles Poetry Festival's Fin de Millennium Awards. She taught for twenty years at USC; she also taught privately for 42 years. She was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles in 2006. Her latest Cahuenga Press book is Oh, Salt/ Oh, Desiring Hand (2013). In 2015, Holly Prado's poetry was included in Wide Awake: Poets Of Los Angeles and Beyond (ed. Suzanne Lummis; Pacific Coast Poetry Series; Founding Editor, Henry J. Morro; Beyond Baroque Books), as well as Edgar Allan Poet #3. Los Angeles Edition -- 2015 (ed. Apryl Skies and Danny Baker, Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House). She was the recipient of the 2016 George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, given annually by Beyond Baroque Foundation in honor of its founder.

CAHUENGA PRESS is owned, financed and operated by its poet-members. A beacon for imaginative literature, CAHUENGA PRESS represents all that is best in the American small-press tradition.


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