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5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (10/17/2017)

Halloween is fast approaching and this week’s literary events are full of tricks and treats!

As always, we love to see our readers having fun at an event we listed, so don’t forget to tag us on social media! We might just re-blog your post!

(1) Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 – SIEL JU hosts PEN Center USA’s Edison Book Club @ The Edison, Los Angeles, CA, 6:00pm, FREE

Siel Ju, author of Cake Time, is hosting the Pen Center USA October book club! Ju will be discussing The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, now a hit television show on HULU. Specialty cocktails will be offered all night and happy hours prices are available. This event is free and open to all.

Find out more and RSVP here.

(2) Thursday, October 19th, 2017 – The October Stories @ Stories Books & Café, Los Angeles, California, 8:00pm, FREE

Stories Books & Café invites you to join their third annual horrorfest, The October Stories. Local authors will be performing a selection of “rotten stories, maggoty poems, and vomitous nightmare fiction.” There will be free drinks, live music, mingling, and haunting tales.

Learn more by clicking here.

(3) Thursday, October 19th, 2017 – Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me @ The Bindery, San Francisco, CA,

Celebrate the release of Jill Kolongowski’s Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me at The Bindery. Her collection of essays examines major themes from the Harry Potter saga such as friendship, courage, activism, and curiosity. Kolongowski is a Hufflepuff and a creative writing professor at the College of San Mateo.

Click here for more info

 (4) Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 – Page Meets Stage with t’ai freedom ford @ Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY, 6:00pm, $10

Support Red Hen poet t’ai freedom ford as she takes the stage at the Bowery Poetry Club for a poetic throw down! ford and poet Patrick Rosal will read back and forth, poem for poem, in an ongoing poetic conversation about where poetry exists.

Find out more information and buy tickets here!

(5) Monday, October 23rd, 2017 – Creating the Language of Loss with ELISE PASCHEN and others @ Shakespeare & Co., New York, NY, 6:30pm, FREE

Attend an exciting panel featuring Elise Paschen, author of The Nightlife, and others at Shakespeare & Co. in New York City. The event will be moderated by poet Nuar Alsadir. Learn about the art of making something beautiful out of something painful as these poets dive into their own processes and share some insights on loss and language!

RSVP for your spots here.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (10/10/2017)

This week’s list of literary events is kick-starting the Halloween spirit! Readings range from the intergalactic to exploring death to celebrating Indie authors and publishers.

We love to see our readers enjoying themselves at an event we curated, so give us a shout on social media and we just might re-blog your post!

(1) Thursday, October 12th, 2017 – POPE BROCK Reading @ Print Bookstore, Portland, ME, 7:00pm, FREE

The Earth is getting hotter, the Arctic is melting faster, and North Korea is going nuclear, perhaps it’s time to prepare for relocating to the moon—you know, post-Earth’s destruction. Join armchair voyager of intergalactic space, Pope Brock, as he reads from his latest book, Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon, and offers cheeky insight and tips on how to survive over yonder.

Prepare for your intergalactic mission by clicking here.

(2) Friday, October 13th, 2017 – Let’s Talk About Death @ Voodoo Lounge Underground, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00pm

Let’s skip all the horrible, guaranteed-box office-flops coming to a theater near you this Friday the 13th, and let’s talk about death instead. The Voodoo Lounge Underground and host Alicen Grey are scheduling a “night of conversation about humanity’s greatest fear.” Enjoy an evening of performances by featured artists, discussion and writings on interpretations of Death, and an open mic!

Let’s learn about death by clicking here.

(3) Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – CHELSEY CLAMMER Reading @ Book People, Austin, TX, 6:00pm, FREE

Come see Chelsey Clammer, winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award for her lyric essay collection Circadian, at Book People! Clammer will be joined by Tatiana Ryckman, author of I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do).

Find out more information here.

(4) Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – Indie Author Day with SIEL JU and others @ Los Angeles Public Library – Junipero Serra Branch, Los Angeles, CA, 3:00pm, FREE

Celebrate Indie publishers and authors on Indie Author Day at the Los Angeles Public Library!  The event features Red Hen’s Siel Ju, winner of 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Award for her hit Cake Time, and many others. The day’s itinerary includes poetry/fiction readings, a film screening, stand-up comedy, and music performances.

Click here for more information.

(5) Monday, October 16th, 2017 – CYNTHIA HOGUE at Boudreaux Visiting Writers Series @ USC Dornsife, Los Angeles, CA, 12:00pm, FREE

The Boudreaux Visiting Writers Series features Cynthia Hogue at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences for a luncheon and an afternoon of poetry. Ms. Hogue has published four books with Red Hen; her most collection of poetry is In June the Labyrinth.

Find more details here.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (10/03/2017)

From college-sponsored author discussions to reading groups to literary festivals, we at Red Hen have curated five upcoming literary events across the country for your picking. If supporting local authors, reading wild and engaging stories, learning about the environment, or participating in collaborative projects with indigenous communities fuel your day, then read on!

(1) Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 – Gary Soto Reading and Discussion @ Chaffey College | Fontana Campus, CA, 4:30pm FREE

If you can’t get enough of Gary Soto’s lecture at the San Francisco Public Library last week, or you’re disappointed you couldn’t attend, then you are in for a treat! Mr. Soto is bringing his charming personality to Southern California on Tuesday, October 3rd, at 4:30pm at Chaffey College’s Fontana Campus. Mr. Soto will be discussing his latest book Meatballs for the People: Proverbs to Chew On. Books will also be available for sale.

Find out more information here.

(2) Thursday, October 5th, 2017 – Women’s National Book Association, National Reading Group Month presents a reading with ELLEN MEEROPOL and others @ Trident Books, Boston, MA, 7:00pm FREE

The Women’s National Book Association will feature Red Hen author ELLEN MEEROPOL, and others, for their National Reading Group Month. Ms. Meeropol has published three books: House Arrest (2011), On Hurricane Island (2015), and most recently Kinship of Cover (2017).

For more information click here.


(3) Thursday, October 7th, 2017 – 22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley, CA, 12:00pm FREE

Come celebrate writers, nature, and community at the 22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival! Channel your inner Emerson or Thoreau by joining poet and eco-educator Chris Olandar on a trek along Strawberry Creek through UC Berkeley to the Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park.

Later, enjoy readings from Pulitzer Prize–winner and 1995–97 US Poet Laureate Robert Hass, California’s K-12 student poets, and many others.

The Strawberry Creek Walk starts promptly at 10:00am. The Festival begins at noon and lasts until 4:30pm. Learn more and plan your day by clicking here!


(4) Friday, October 6th, 2017 – The Los Angeles Review with SIEL JU @ The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, 7:30pm FREE

Red Hen author, SIEL JU, and our sister publication, The Los Angeles Review, at one event?! You better-clucking-believe it. On Friday, October 6th The Last Bookstore and The Los Angeles Review are proud to host a night of literary reading. Among featured authors include SIEL JU who won Red Hen Press 2015 Fiction Award for her novel, CAKE TIME.

Check out more information here.

(5) Monday, October 9th, 2017 Elise Paschen at The Returning the Gift Festival @ University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 4:00pm

Starting on October 8th, Returning the Gift Inc. celebrates its 25th anniversary with a four-day festival! Join Elise Paschen, author of The Nightlife, as she celebrates her Osage Nation heritage at the event. Ms. Paschen is scheduled to speak on October 9th at 4:00pm.

For details on Returning the Gift, click here. For programming schedule, click here.


5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (9/26/2017)

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (9/26/2017)

How many of you are excited that it’s FINALLY autumn? That’s right, the seasons changed on Friday, the Autumnal Equinox, and we’ve already had a taste of the beautiful fall weather we’ll hopefully get more of. I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely, 100% a curl-up-under-a-blanket-with-hot-cocoa-and-a-book-listening-to-the-rain kind of girl.

But the California sunshine hasn’t left us just yet – I know the forecast calls for warmer temperatures again, but luckily we’ll have plenty of literary events across the country to save us from the heat!

(1) Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 – Gary Soto Reading @ The Main Library, San Francisco, CA, 6:00pm FREE

Join Bay Area author Gary Soto, special guest lecturer for the San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center’s 21st Anniversary Effie Lee Morris Lecture on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 6 pm. Mr. Soto’s lecture is entitled “Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto,” and will take place in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, in San Francisco.

Winner of an Academy of American Poets Award and other honors, Gary Soto was born and raised in Fresno. His numerous books of fiction, short stories, and poems for childen, teens, and adults include Baseball in April and Other Stories, Taking Sides, and Too Many Tamales. His lecture will range over the major themes of his multifaceted body of work.

A book-signing with the author will follow the lecture.

Find more information here!


(2) Thursday, September 28th, 2017 – Women’s National Book Club, Greater Philadelphia Chapter present a reading with ANNE EDELSTEIN and others, Towne Book Center, PA, 7:00pm FREE

The Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Women’s National Book Club is proud to present their 3rd Annual Author event, featuring ANNE EDELSTEIN’s LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS. A reading, book sale, and Q&A session are to be expected! The reading also features Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphan’s Tale, and Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World. Join them for a lovely evening of literature and discussion!


220 Plaza Drive

Collegeville, PA

For more information, click here.


(3) Thursday, September 28th, 2017 – October 1st, 2017 –WRITE ON THE RIVER: Amy Hassinger and Karen Shoemaker Writing/Workshop Retreat, River Inn Resort, NE

Red Hen authors Amy Hassinger and Karen Shoemaker present an amazing writing and workshop retreat in the Nebraskan countryside. The retreat lasts for a weekend, and meals and lodging are included at the beautiful River Inn Resort. This sounds like an amazing opportunity to get away for a weekend of companionship and peaceful inspiration!

Learn more here!


(4) Friday, September 29th, 2017 – A Marathon Reading of Walden by Henry David Thoreau – 7pm, 192 Books, New York – FREE

192 Books in New York will be presenting a marathon reading of the entirety of Walden to honor the bicentennial birth of its author, Henry David Thoreau. The public is invited to both attend and participate in this fantastic event honoring one of America’s most prolific and influential writers.

Check out more information here!


(5) Saturday, September 30th, 2017 – 100 Thousand Poets for Change – 11:00am-6:00pm, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA – FREE

Beyond Baroque presents its 7th annual “100 Thousand Poets for Change” event, a worldwide, all-day event featuring segments by dozens of poets! Includes a clothes and supplies drive for the homeless of Venice Beach, sponsored by Totes4friends, come on by for an hour or seven and be among amazing writers and a worldwide community of hope and empowerment!

More details can be found here.

Red Hen Press Events Across the Country This Week

Red Hen is hard at work with a ton of events across the country, from L.A. to New York, for you to check out! We kicked off this exciting week on Sunday with our grand groundbreaking ceremony for our new nest right here in Pasadena, but the fun doesn’t stop there! With a slew of new and upcoming publications to celebrate, we have RHP events running almost every day this week from coast to coast, and we hope all of you can come along, hang out with some of our authors, listen to some fantastic readings, and have an amazing time. We have something for everyone, at some of the best locations in Southern California and New York.

Here’s a run-down of everything we’ve got going on:


Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Pasadena, CA


Red Hen was proud to welcome authors, fans, and esteemed guests to celebrate our new nest on Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena, California. Refreshments were served, live music was played, readings were given, and a fantastic good time was had by all! We’d like to thank everyone that came out to celebrate with us, and we hope to see you at more of our events held in our new space!



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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Santa Monica, CA – TONIGHT!


Join us at the Annenberg Community Beach House TONIGHT for the last Red Hen Press Beach=Culture reading of the year! Join Amy Hassinger, Ellen Meeropol, Peggy Shumaker, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, with a dance by Sheetal Gandhi, as we explore the power of words to change the world, with big stories about family, the environmental story of the planet, and the lives of women. Imagine a world of dams bursting, bears in the Alaskan dawn, plants taking over the room, and refugees searching for peace.

This is a free event, but reservations are REQUIRED for entry, so don’t forget to RSVP!

Note: No need to print out your ticket; just mention your last name when checking in.

Time: 5:30-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the history of the Beach House site.

6:30-7:30pm: Reading with Amy Hassinger, Ellen Meeropol, Peggy Shumaker and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, with dance by Sheetal Gandhi

Location: Annenberg Community Beach House
Address:415 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Santa Monica , CA 90402

Learn more about the event here.



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – New York, NY


Join our Red Hen Press in New York City series at the Cornelia Street Cafe for a reading with Red Hen authors Chelsey Clammer, Kathline Carr and Sebastian Matthews! Come on down for a great time with fantastic authors and quintessential New York culture.

Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Cornelia Street Café
Address: 29 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014

Entry is $10, which includes a FREE drink.

To reserve seating, call Cornelia Street Cafe at (212) 989-9319.

Learn more about the event here and check out the rest of our series in New York here!



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Thursday, September 14th, 2017 – New York, NY


Join Judy Grahn, Jason Schneiderman, t’ai freedom ford, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Dean Kostos, and Celeste Gainey for the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division – Poetry Reading in celebration of HANGING ON OUR OWN BONES, the new poetry collection from LGBTQ and feminist icon/activist Judy Grahn. Through seven narrative poems, Grahn weaves real-life conditions with goddess mythology to construct modern interpretations of lamentation in nine parts, directing attention to critiquing white supremacy, honoring battered women, exalting the powers of menstruation, conflating all labor with birth imagery, and revealing lateral hostilities among potential allies, all in order to arouse a meaningful social critique.

Admission is free and the reading is set to begin at 7:00 PM!

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
208 W 13th St, Rm 210
New York, NY 10011

Learn more about the event here!


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Friday, September 15th, 2017 – New York, NY


Join Red Hen author Elise Paschen, with Ellen Rachlin, and Edward Hirsch as they read from their new collections and join you all for a light reception at the Elizabeth Kray Hall and Margo Viscusi Reading Room!

General admission is $10, $7 for students, and $5 for Poets House members.

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Poets House
Elizabeth Kray Hall and Margo Viscusi Reading Room
10 River Terrace
New York , NY 10282

Learn more about the event here!




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Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – New York, NY


Come join Florencia Ramirez, Pope Brock, and Catherine Woodard for an illustrious reading at the famed KGB Bar off 4th street! Florencia Ramirez’s latest release, EAT LESS WATER, discusses water conservation as it relates to the food and drink industry, and provides guidance and recipes on how we can all conserve water through eating less of it. Pope Brock’s ANOTHER FINE MESS discusses the possibility of colonizing outer space, a satirical look in to what life might be like living on the moon.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: KGB Bar
Address:85 E 4th St.
New York , NY 10003

Learn more about the event here!



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Sunday, September 17th, 2017 — San Francisco, CA


Red Hen authors Pope Brock, Florencia Ramirez, and Karen Shoemaker will be at the famed City Lights bookstore for a fantastic afternoon of reading! Pope Brock’s latest release, ANOTHER FINE MESS: LIFE ON TOMORROW’S MOON takes the reader on a vivid satirical journey to learn just what life might look like living on tomorrow’s moon and what could happen if we started to colonize outer space. Florencia Ramirez’s EAT LESS WATER tells the story of water served on our plates: an eye-opening account of the under-appreciated environmental threat of water scarcity, and how we all can eat less water. Karen Shoemaker’s THE MEANING OF NAMES, a consuming tale of one family’s confrontation with the violence and hatred that swept across America during the First Great War for Peace, is the winner of the 2016 One Book One Nebraska Selection as well as the 2014 Omaha Reads Selection.

This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

Time: 5:00pm
Location: City Lights Bookstore
Address: 261 Columbus Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94133

Learn more about the event here!


Red Hen Press is excited to announce the acceptance of a new book, The Likely World, from Agent Bill Clegg, of The Clegg Agency. Melanie Conroy-Goldman’s debut novel is a gritty tale of addiction, loss, and recovery, and is set to release in the fall of 2020.

Book Synopsis

A mother struggling to stay clean and care for her toddler Juni has her life and sobriety upended by the sudden arrival and disappearance of a man she thought was gone forever. In search of this man, the father of her child, Mellie is drawn back into a netherworld she once inhabited, a world plagued by the drug “cloud” and the long term damage that it inflicts upon the mind. She must retrace the winding, bloody path the drug has scrawled across her life, from her first encounter as a teenager lost in the sweat and fog of the nascent Boston punk scene, to her descent from bohemian student to desperate addict in early 90s New York, and finally to the antiseptic glare of a porn set and the harsh California sun. As the pursuit continues and the specter of Mellie’s past acquires a terrifying solidity, she will have to fight for Juni and the fraction of a family that she has tried so hard to build.

The Reviews Are In

Author Melanie Conroy Goldman and her debut novel have already received early praise. Mary Gaitskill writes:

The Likely World is bizarre and beautiful, equal parts brainy lit and gut-bucket pulp. Its heroine is unlike any female character I’ve ever encountered and I love her.”

Peter Ho Davies writes:

“Conroy-Goldman’s gritty, street postmodernism will rewire your brain in ways that recall David Foster Wallace or Philip K. Dick. But it’s the depth of feeling here, about love, about motherhood, reminiscent of Rachel Kushner or Claire Vaye Watkins, that will break your heart.”

We can’t wait to share this fantastic new title with you!

Meet the Author

Melanie Conroy-Goldman teaches fiction writing as an associate professor of English at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, daughter, and two step-daughters. In addition to teaching and writing, she runs the Trias Residency for Writers and teaches for the Cornell Prison Education Program. The Likely World will be her first published novel.

Melanie Conroy-Goldman is represented by Bill Clegg. The Clegg Agency is based in New York and publishes autobiography/memoir, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. Clients include Emma Cline, Nick Flynn, Rivka Galchen, Lauren Groff, Christopher Hebert, Tao Lin, Ottessa Moshfegh, Rob Spillman, Matthew Thomas, and Kao Kalia Yang.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (08/22/17)

The total solar eclipse was yesterday morning.  From the concrete in front of our doors around 10 am, while squinting through some $10 cardboard eclipse glasses, two of us interns saw that the moon was indeed in the process of slicing our light from the sun.  Today, our sun is whole and what could follow such a splendid event as a total solar eclipse? Definitely literary events.  We hope that you got to see the little crescent shadows cast by leaves on the ground, if not the sun’s corona yesterday.  Today, we hope that you will consider attending some of these events that make up the continual parade of literary consciousness and expression that we think nothing short of splendid.

(1) Tuesday, August 22nd @ 7:30 pm, Wellfleet Public Library in Wellfleet, MA.  Ellen Meeropol & Jacqueline Sheehan Book Talk & Signing.

Join authors Ellen Meeropol & Jacqueline Sheehan as they read from and discuss their most recent books.  The event is free and sure to be engaging.


(2) Thursday, August 24th @ 7:30 pm, Pegasus Books in Berkeley, CA.  Brynn Saito Reading with Charif Shanahan, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and Javier Zamora.

We published Brynn’s poetry collections The Palace of Contemplating Desire in 2013 and Power Made Us Swoon in 2016.  Join Brynn at this event and help us as we continue to celebrate her poetry.


(3) Sunday, August 27th @ 2 pm, The Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, Claremont, CA.  Douglas Manuel & Angela Peñaredondo present their work.

Douglas Manuel reads from his poetry collection, Testify, recently published by Red Hen Press.  Genevieve Kaplan and Friends of the Claremont Library will host.  This event is your opportunity to acquaint yourself with Douglas Manuel’s poignant work.  Try not to miss it!

(4) Saturday, August 26th @ 4 pm, So Many Olympic Exertions Book Launch at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, CA.

Anelise Chen and Jarett Kobek will read from their latest releases, So Many Olympic Exertions (Kaya Press) and The Future Won’t Be Long (Viking).  Check out this event for an introduction to the debut books of two striking and inventive writers.

(5) Friday, August 25th @ 8 pm, The Last Book Store, Los Angeles, CA.  The Last Book Review with Ever Mainard.

Mainard invites creative folks to tell humorous, honest stories and to share one book review.  If you haven’t attended one of these events yet, we highly recommend that you find some time to drop by this Friday.

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.


Intern Spotlight

Ever wanted to know more about the interns that help to power Red Hen Press? Intern Spotlight is our new monthly series that will introduce you to a member of the intern team. Let’s kick it off by learning more about Nicole, one of our Editorial Interns.

Name: Nicole

Hometown: Wall, South Dakota


What department do you intern for?

I’m in Editorial. I copy-edit. The first step is the blue sheet, which is going line by line and looking for grammar, spelling, and formatting mistakes, the green sheet is proof reading the layout after it’s come back from design, and then the gold sheet is making sure it’s perfect.


Why Red Hen?

Last fall I decided I really wanted to make sure I had a publishing internship for the summer, so I looked around and chose five publishing houses. Red Hen has a good reputation—people in my English department in Nebraska knew about them and said it was a good one to strive for. I applied, I got a copy-editing test and an interview. When they accepted me and I cried at the Daily Nebraskan (where I work).


What are your career goals?

I want to move to New York and work in Young Adult publishing for one of the big five. I would love to work for Penguin Teen. That’s the dream.


Where did you or do you go to university?

I go to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Let’s get literary . . . What’s your favorite book?

That’s hard . . . Currently my favorite series is the Lunar Chronicles, which is a re-telling of fairy tales. The first one is a retelling of Cinderella where Cinderella is a cyborg.


What’s your favorite RHP book?

I really like Cake Time by Siel Ju. Next, I’m going to read Sex World by Ron Koertge and I’m really excited about that.


What’s your best RHP memory?

After my first event Red Hen’s Managing Editor Kate Gale took some other interns, staff, and me out, and it was a really great way to get to know people. We had a good old time!


Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I come from a town of 800 people. I graduated with 26 kids in my class. People think that’s weird.



5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (08/01/17)

Can you believe it’s August? And with its entrance, the heat continues. Why not shelter from the California sun at one of these literary events we’re looking forward to this week?

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(1) August 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm, Redondo Beach, CA FREE – Derek D. Brown  at Coffee Cartel Open Mic

Spoken word artist and poet, Derek D. Brown, will take to the stage in an evening of oratory gymnastics. He will be reading from Articulate Scars, his first published poetry collection. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Make sure you get there early to grab a spot! Learn more on the event Facebook Page.

(2) August 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Christa Faust and Gary Phillips Read From Their Comic Peepland at Skylight Books

Christa Faust and Gary Phillips will read from their comic, Peepland. It tells the story of a Peepbooth worker in Times Square, and a chance encounter that ends in murder. Learn more about Peepland and the event here.


August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Saul Ramirez at the Steynberg Gallery at the Last Bookstore

Interested in chess? Saul Ramirez will be speaking about his new book, The Champions’ Game. Learn more about the rules of chessand life. Get your book signed and even play a game of chess with Saul Ramirez, or coaches David Alvarado and Adrian Herrera. Learn more here.

August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Very Small Rooms: A Reading at The Pop-Hop

Very Small Rooms is a reading presented by Potluck Mag and hosted by Pop-Hop Books & Print. Featuring Bill Lessard, Caroline Hayes, Amanda Choo Quan, jordan hoxie, and more. Leah Clancy will be MCing. This is an event not to be missed! Learn more and RSVP on the Facebook page

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(5) August 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm, San Louis Obispo, CA FREE – Holaday Mason Reading at the Steynberg Gallery

Red Hen author Holaday Mason will be reading from the anthology Angle of Reflection at the Steynberg Gallery. Get more information here.