Los Angeles Independent Publishing

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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.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

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

Kate Gale

Kate Gale

Dr. Kate Gale is managing editor of Red Hen Press, editor of the Los Angeles Review, and president of the American Composers Forum, LA. She was the 2005-2006 president of PEN USA. She is author of five books of poetry: her most recent, Mating Season, from Tupelo Press; a novel, Lake of Fire; and Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis. Her current projects include a co-written libretto, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto adapted from Kindred by Octavia Butler with composer Billy Childs. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

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

Selling the Hammock

Selling the Hammock

Kate Gale
1998-11-01
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Los Angeles Review 1

Los Angeles Review 1

Kate Gale
2004-03-01
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Los Angeles Review 11

Los Angeles Review 11

Kate Gale
2012-02-01
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Los Angeles Review 6

Los Angeles Review 6

Kate Gale
2009-11-01
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Blue Cathedral

Blue Cathedral

Kate Gale
2000-03-01
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We began in the dark, and from the dark, we created myths, stories, the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness, Odysseus returning home, Buddha sitting lotus quiet. We had a few good stories to sustain our wanderings.

Over several thousand years, the fire of myths began to burn out. Or we burned them out. We burned Troy, the prophets, and Joan of Arc, and finally, as one myth after another descended onto the pile of ashes, we found ourselves outside the church, the cathedral, the pyramid, the synagogue, with no path, and no journey. No Holy Grail to seek for, no reason to seek a grail. We pick up the skull of the storyteller, turn it over in our hands, fumbling for the eye sockets that used to see something. We don't know how to handle the skull, with what ritual to bury it, what song to sing for the dead or the living. The stories in this collection, address this place in which we've found ourselves, more aware of the dead than the living. The dead had their myths and their fire.


The Devil's Punchbowl

The Devil's Punchbowl

Kate Gale
2010-06-01
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The Devil's Punchbowl is an anthology of essays commissioned from writers living in California, who were asked to reflect on an aspect of the state's geography, natural or man-made: Alcatraz Island and its prison; Manzanar and Mt. Whitney; Big Sur and Joshua Tree; Los Angeles' oil derricks and Mountain View's Google headquarters; the farms of the Central Valley and the redwoods of the Northern Coastland. California's outsized cultural and economic impact on both our country and the rest of the world necessitate a continual taking stock, to prevent losing ourselves in the state's constant transformations. The Devil's Punchbowl captures a pivotal time in our country's history, as some of the state's most recognized, complex, and accomplished writers, including Carolyn See, Janet Fitch, David Ulin, Susan Straight, and Lisa See, describe their relationship with California's ever-changing geographic, economic, and psychic landscape.


Anyone Is Possible

Anyone Is Possible

Kate Gale
1997-01-01
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Voices that say listen to me, look up from your palm, that is not your future; I am telling you all the stories of your life.

"Anything might happen in the striking narratives of Anyone is Possible: a seductive older woman might teach you a thing or two about suspense, a cybermorphic poet might sputter at the sight of the lyricist for Plato's Deathmetal Tumors, or a masked man might terrorize a couple in an ordinarily peaceful college town; and in all of these stories, language happens--lyrical cascades of language that will carry you along swiftly and surely. If you're interested in the direction of short fiction as we hurtle toward the 21st Century, read this collection."

-- Ed Falco


Los Angeles Review 8

Los Angeles Review 8

Kate Gale
2010-10-01
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Los Angeles Review 7

Los Angeles Review 7

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2010-04-01
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The Crucifix Is Down

The Crucifix Is Down

Kate Gale
2005-03-01
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As we spiral into the twenty-first century, the foundations of Western civilization are consumed, corpse-like, by fragments, decay, wind and water. By the next century, one blue alien may stand on the shores of Earth holding a skull in the wreck we’ve made of this once beautiful planet and say, “I knew them once. A fair race, a proud race.” What energy and foul nesting instinct consumes us and causes us to ruin our own home while over-populating it? Human passions and failures are the stuff of literature, the grist of good writing and none is more captivating than this monumental failure of civilization. Such is the fabric of this collection.

Short fiction by:

Henry Alcalay, Margaret Atwood, Italo Calvino, Karen J. Cantrell, Wanda Coleman, Vincent Collazo, Mark E. Cull, Keala Francis, Kate Gale, Ray Gonzalez, James Harmon, Steve Lautermilch, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alan Lindsay, Melissa Lion, Mark Magill, Dennis Must, Kate Noonan, David Pollock, Anne Randolph, Robert Reid, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Cecile Rossant, Candice Rowe, Elizabeth Ruiz, Greg Sanders, Diza Sauers, E.C. Stanley, Jordan Sudy, Joe Taylor, Jillian Umphenour, Terry Wolverton, and H.E. Wright.


Los Angeles Review 12

Los Angeles Review 12

Kate Gale
2012-10-01
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Fake City Syndrome

Fake City Syndrome

Kate Gale
2002-08-01
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This collection of essays addresses both popular culture and academic discourse. Contributors sound a cautionary note about the dumbing down of our civilization and the lack of spiritual depth in mass culture, but as these essays show, there is a spark of imaginative critical thought still brewing. These essays address race, assimilation, American civilization, and broken dreams contrasted with elusive spaces for imagination in art, literature and community. We find ourselves divining madness in American values, and sanity in progressive ideals; as we find that things that sound too fair are fantastical indeed and some that smile have in their hearts millions of mischiefs.


Los Angeles Review 4

Los Angeles Review 4

Kate Gale
2007-02-01
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Fishers of Men

Fishers of Men

Kate Gale
2000-06-01
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Excerpt from Fishers of Men:

The Last Photograph

In the small photograph

my mother has her eyes closed.

I am shapeless, rather pale

probably two. There is snow.

My sister has a sled.

It is only a year before

my mother will abandon me

to be beaten, brainwashed.

For years I was sure that

she despised that shapeless creature

until I looked carefully

and realized I'd been buried in the snow

up to the armpits.

She was sitting there, eyes closed

that thing that had been her daughter

already a part of the landscape,

her mind already gone.


Los Angeles Review 9

Los Angeles Review 9

Kate Gale
2011-02-01
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Where Crows and Men Collide

Where Crows and Men Collide

Kate Gale
1995-08-01
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"I urge you to read this book. Kate Gale has a dream of justice and a wry sense of how hard it is to obtain. She confronts the wrongs of sex, of gender, of husbands and lovers, and sees how easily we confuse our desires with what is right. Somehow, in this process dangerous for a poet, she enters the garden of language and returns whole, humming."

-- Benjamin Saltman


Los Angeles Review 14

Los Angeles Review 14

Kate Gale
2013-10-01
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Los Angeles Review 2

Los Angeles Review 2

Kate Gale
2005-02-01
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Blue Air

Blue Air

Kate Gale
1995-08-01
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"This book claims as its territory the indefinite spaces separating us: the ground where we move together and apart, the long curve desire describes and follows. Connection seems tenable as a jet trail, “a seam, holding together / the two halves of the sky.”

Kate [Gale] Harper belongs in the company of Lorna Goodison, Margaret Atwood, Lucille Clifton—all poets who write, with force and directness, what a woman lives.

I think the secret of Harper’s strength is this: from the middle of all loss, all bewilderment, her poems aspire to the condition of dancing."

-- Angela Ball, Mississippi Review


Rio de Sangre

Rio de Sangre

Kate Gale
2010-10-01
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Río De Sangre tells the story, in Spanish, of the overthrow of a dictatorship in a fictional South American country. In the aftermath of a coup d’état, the new leader of a Latin American republic embarks on an idealistic course for his nascent government. Faced with numerous problems and no one to trust, our protagonist Delacruz realizes that the good of the country and the protection of his own family may be more than he can achieve.

A series of catastrophic events follow—earthquakes, kidnapping and assassination, combine to allow the rise of an adversarial wolf in sheep’s clothing. The outbreak of a riot affords the opportunity for this adversary to assume control of the government, thus perpetuating the tragic cycle of oppression.

The passion and color of the South American heritage, and the triumphs and struggles of its people throughout its history of oppression and tragedy suggests music of monumental drama.


Los Angeles Review 10

Los Angeles Review 10

Kate Gale
2011-10-01
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LA Fiction Anthology

LA Fiction Anthology

Kate Gale
2016-05-03
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Editors John Brantingham and Kate Gale bring together many of Southern California's finest storytellers in this celebration and exploration of Los Angeles and its surrouding environs.

Los Angeles may be best known as the hub of the film and television industry, but this collection of short fiction proves that beyond the beach and the glamour of Hollywood there is much more that makes the City of Angels special. Featuring an eclectic mix of fiction from a variety of talented literary minds--including TC Boyle, Ron Carlson, Judith Freeman, Percival Everett, and more--this anthology defies genre or easy categorization. Topics explored range from the deeply personal, such as a lesbian couple's loss of a child and the reaction of a young man to a natural disaster, to the larger-than-life, including a vivid tale of a robot-infested dystopian Long Beach. This allows the creativity and vivacity of the Los Angeles literary scene to be put on display, with a powerful sense of place as the core of this ambitious and insightful project.


Los Angeles Review 5

Los Angeles Review 5

Kate Gale
2009-02-15
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Los Angeles Review 13

Los Angeles Review 13

Kate Gale
2013-02-01
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Los Angeles Review 3

Los Angeles Review 3

Kate Gale
2006-04-01
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Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

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