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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.


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Remembering Red Hen Poet Austin Straus

Date: Jul 20th, 2017

Today Red Hen remembers one if its beloved poets, Austin Straus. Austin published three collections of poetry with Red Hen Press, including Drunk With Light, Intensifications, and The Love Project: A Marriage Made in Poetry, a collection co-written with his late wife Wanda Coleman. Austin was also a well-respected painter, and designed the covers of all three of his publications with us. We remember him today, and always for his profound impact on the poetry scene of our home city, Los Angeles.

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5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (07/18/17)

Looking to get literary this summer? Here are some events we at Red Hen press are looking forward to this week!


(1) July 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Nicole J. Georges discusses her graphic novel memoir Fetch at Skylight Books

Dog lovers rejoice! Nicole J. Georges is doing a reading from her new graphic novel Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. The memoir-in-pictures chronicles the story of her relationship with Beija, a shar-pei/corgi mix with a troublesome temper she adopted when she was sixteen. For the next fifteen years Bejia is the one constant in Georges’ life. Through rocky relationships, depression and the Portland punk scene, Bejia was present with her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.

Read more about the event here.

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(2) July 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm, Chicago, IL FREE – Forms & Features at Chicago Public Library: Rhyme

Join the Chicago Public Library in a discussion about and creative workshop about rhyme in poetry, moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney.

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop .

Learn more about it on the event page.

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(3) July 22, 2017 at 11:00 am, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Poetry Postcards III at Beyond Baroque

Love poetry and unhappy with our current administration? Do something about it! Join the Beyond Baroque community in writing and mailing protest poems to political representatives. All supplies are provided, including a list of local and national representatives. Donations are accepted but not required.

Get more information on the Beyond Baroque website calendar.

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(4) July 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm, Berkeley, CA FREE – Reading from The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Berkeley Public Library

Richard Schwartz will discuss and read from his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. It is the story of actor M.B. Curtis who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Curtis reached the pinnacle of celebrity fame, as well as the depths of failure in his long career as an actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and even murder suspect.

Learn more about the event here.

(5) July 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – The Late Show: An Evening with Michael Connelly at the Last Bookstore

Join the Last Bookstore as they host Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of 29 books, including The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. Connelly will discuss his newest novel, and introduce his brand new character, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard. The story follows her as she investigates the murder of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.

It’s sure to be an interesting evening. Make sure you arrive early to get a spot. Learn more about the evening and the book itself here.