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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 (08/08/17)

It’s always good to get out and try something new. If you haven’t been to one of these cool literary events, why not try now? (And if you have, why not go again!) You’re certain to find something new to read and may even meet some cool people too!

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(1) August 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm, Santa Monica, CA FREE – Red Hen Press Reading at Annenberg Community Beach House

Join authors Gabriel Jesiolowski, Lisa C. Krueger, Eric Morago and Ricardo Means Ybarra read some of their poetry, plus an art display of works by Jesiolowski and artist Sally Krueger-Wyman. Find a different way of seeing with four readers, including a prison educator, a surfer & Malibu Poet Laureate, a clinical psychologist, and the winner of the 2015 Benjamin Saltman Award.

Learn more about the page on our Facebook event.

(1) August 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Carolyn Murnick in Conversation With Christine Pelisek at The Last Bookstore

New York Magazine editor Carolyn Murnick presents her debut memoir, The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder at The Last Bookstore. It’s the story of two childhood friends whose paths diverge as young adults, and one of whom who ends up dead, leaving the other to determined to uncover the truth. Christine Pelisek will also be there, asking and answering questions.

Get more information on the Last Bookstore website.


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(3) August 10, 2017 at 65:30 pm, Lenox, Massachusetts FREE – The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar Present: Ellen Meeropol

Come meet Red Hen author Ellen Meeropol at The Bookstore & Get Lit Win Bar as she reads from her novel Kinship of Clover, which is published by us! How do you make change? A college student obsessed with plant extinctions, a teenager with spina bifida, an aging activist facing dementia, and a man just learning the truth of his father’s race try to figure that out.

Get more information on our website.

(1) August 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Mimi Pond Discusses Her Graphic Novel The Customer is Always Wrong With Wayne White at Skylight Books

Acclaimed Los Angeles illustrator, Mimi Pond, will discuss her new graphic novel, The Customer is Always Wrong, which tells the story of a young artist, Madge, who works in a cafe in Oakland in the late seventies. The Imperial Cafe is home to drunks, junkies, thieves, and creeps, which makes things interesting for Madge.

Get more information here.

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(1) August 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Roar Shack Presents “Shine On” Sunday in Echo Park

Roar Shack Reading Series presents “Shine On” Sunday, feature an amazing line up of authors—including a Red Hen author! Hear readings from Siel Ju, Martina Blumenthal, Lisa Cheby, Brad Griffith, Patrick O’Neil and last month’s Live Write winner Jane Starr.

Learn more on the Facebook event page.