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Kim Dower featured on America Meditating Radio Show w/Sister Jenna

This past Wednesday, Red Hen author extraordinaire Kim Dower joined Sister Jenna on the America Meditating Radio Show. Once you listen in, we’re sure you’ll be just as excited as we are about her new collection. Last Train to the Missing Planet hits the shelves March 29!

Kim Dower was born and raised in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection, Air Kissing on Mars was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list and Slice of Moon, her second collection, nominated for a Pushcart Award, was called, “unexpected and sublime,” by “O” magazine.

Kim’s work has been featured in “The Writer’s Almanac,” and “American Life in Poetry,” as well as in Barrow Street, and the Los Angeles Review, to name a few. Kim is also the founder of the Literary Publicity and Media Training Company, “Kim-from-L.A.,” and teaches a workshop called, Poetry and Memory in the B.A. Program of Antioch University. Her third collection, Last Train to the Missing Planet, will be published in the Spring of 2016.  Visit www.kimdowerpoetry.com

Ellen Meeropol featured on The Laura Flanders Show!

Ellen Meeropol and her daughter, Rachel Meeropol discuss art and activism on The Laura Flanders Show!

L.A River Poetry Reading Kid Crafts

Join us for an afternoon of poetry and crafts! Kids can enjoy a refreshing drink of water, and afterwards learn how to turn their water bottles into musical instruments, hanging gardens and bracelets. A day to experience art in many forms!

LA River Poetry

Red Hen at AWP!




This week is the AWP Conference & Bookfair! Red Hen will be there with books aplenty, and our authors will be there too, signing their books at our booths and participating in panels.

Click here for the full schedule of authors signing at Red Hen’s booths. 

Click here for the full schedule of Red Hen Author panels.


Hope to see you there!

Poetry in Performance!



We are thrilled to partner up with About Productions as they revive their innovative production of ‘Properties of Silence’ (Feb.28th- March 29) at the The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Each evening will offer up a blend of poetry readings, performance events, panels, and discussions in tribute to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the first feminist writer. Red Hen Press will be there on opening night with Eloise Klein Healy, Jessica Piazza and Terry Wolverton


Eloise Klein Healy
 Eloise Klein Healy is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings (Red Hen Press, 2013). She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. In December 2012, she was appointed the first Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.


Jessica Piazza
Jessica Piazza is the author of two full-length poetry collections from Red Hen Press: Interrobang–winner of the AROHO 2011 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize and the 2013 Balcones Poetry Prize – and Obliterations (with Heather Aimee O’Neill, forthcoming), as well as the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press.) She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is currently a contributing editor for The Offending Adam and a screener for the National Poetry Series. She is the co-founder of Bat City Review in Austin, TX and Gold Line Press in Los Angeles, and she teaches for the Writing Program at USC and the online MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In 2015 she started the “Poetry Has Value” project, hoping to spark conversations about poetry and worth. Learn more at www.jessicapiazza.com and www.poetryhasvalue.com.


Terry Wolverton is author of nine books: Embers, a novel-in-poems; Insurgent Muse: life and art at the Woman’s Building, a memoir; Stealing Angel, The Labrys Reunion and Bailey’s Beads, novels; Breath, a collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry: Black Slip, Mystery Bruise and Shadow and Praise. She has also edited fourteen literary anthologies, including the award winning six-volume series, His: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Men and Hers: Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbians.  She spent 13 years at the Woman’s Building as an artist, student, teacher and administrator, eventually serving as Executive Director.  She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing center in Los Angeles, where she teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  She is also an Associate Faculty Mentor in the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.


On March 12th: Nicelle Davis, Amy Uyematsu and Laurel Ann Bogen.


Nicelle-Davis-200x300Nicelle Davis is a California poet who walks the desert with her son, J.J., in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her latest collection of poems, In the Circus of You is available from Rose Metal Press. The author of two prior collections of poetry, Becoming Judas is available from Red Hen Press. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. The Walled Wife is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2017. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, and others. She is editor at large of The Los Angeles Review and has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, MHA, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. Recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship, she is honored to work as a consultant for this important feminist organization. She currently teaches at Paraclete and with the Red Hen Press WITS program.


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Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her forthcoming title is The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press, 2015). Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader.


Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies and Rag Tag We KissAll of the Above: New and Selected Poems 1975-2015 is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016.  Since 1990, she has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award. Well-known for her lively readings, Bogen has read her work at Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority, MOCA, LACE and a host of other venues.  She is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize, two awards from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has been translated into french, german, italian, and spanish literary magazines as well as appearing in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies, including California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present; The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Stand-Up Poetry, The Maverick Poets, The Jacaranda Review; Miramar; and Upstreet.


On March 20th: Gail Wronsky and Alicia Partnoy.


Gail Wronsky, Poet
Gail Wronsky was born in Harrisburg PA.  She went to high school outside Detroit MI, then to Kalamazoo College, transferred to the University of Virginia, graduating with a BA in English.  She finished an MFA in creative writing at UVA, where, along with Richard Katrovas, she was one of the first Henry Hoyns fellows; taught for a year at Foxcroft School in  Virginia; then moved to Salt Lake City and completed a PhD in English and American literature at the University of Utah, receiving high honors.  She is the author of five volumes of poetry, a translated book of poetry by Argentinean poet Alicia Partnoy, one novel, one book of experimental verse coauthored with Molly Bendall, two books of cowgirl poetry coauthored with Molly Bendall, and is the writer of the introduction to renowned Chicano artist Gronk’s first book of drawings, A Giant Claw.  She is a founding member of the Sally Hemings Society at UVA, and of the Glass Table Collective, an artists collective in Los Angeles.  She is the recipient of an Artists Fellowship from the State of California, has been nominated for Poet Laureate of the State of California, and publishes poems and essays widely in journals and e-zines.  She has been a Resident Playwright at Sundance Institute.  Her plays have been produced in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Wasington DC, Los Angeles, and the U.K.  She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, and teaches creative writing and women’s writing at Loyola Marymount University.


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Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans ‘disappeared’. She is the author of The Little School, Tales of Disappearance and Survival and of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito, and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. Partnoy edited You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and from 2003 to 2006, she was the co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies:the journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Partnoy is an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University. She presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities.


For a full schedule of the salon series, please visit:http://www.aboutpd.org/ot/properties/salonseries/


For tickets visit : http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/796278

Red Hen Press 2014 Award Winners

Red Hen Press is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 awards series. The Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, the RHP Short Story Award, and the RHP Poetry Award are given each year for, respectively, an unpublished original poetry collection, short story, and individual poem. Red Hen Press also publishes the winner of the To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize, awarded by the A Room of Her Own Foundation to a female author of an unpublished original poetry collection, as well as the Wild Light Poetry Contest for an original poem. All winners receive publication and an honorarium.


Winner of the 2014 Benjamin Saltman Award

Primary Source by Jason Schneiderman

There were over 500 entries for the Benjamin Saltman Award.

Publication is set for Spring 2016.


Winners of the 2014 Red Hen Press Short Story Award

“The Mercy of Others” by Kent Nelson

“The Mercy of Others” was selected from over 300 entries, and will be published in a future of The Los Angeles Review.


Winner of the 2014 Red Hen Press Poetry Award

“In the Bathroom Mirror this Morning” by Jeff Walt

“In the Bathroom Mirror this Morning” was selected from over 650 entries, and will be published in a future issue of The Los Angeles Review.


Winner of the 2014 The Los Angeles Review’s Wild Light Poetry Contest

“kaddish” by Sam Sax

“kaddish” was selected from over 200 entries and will be published in a future issue of The Los Angeles Review.


Vote for Andrea Scarpino for Poet Laureate of Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

Our very own Andrea Scarpino has been nominated for the position of Upper Peninsula of Michigan Poet Laureate! It’s a two-year position nominated by the public and voted upon by the public, and she received enough nominations to be on the final list! We’re so excited for Andrea, and hope that she wins – and you can help her by voting here.
Congrats to Andrea, and good luck! Our fingers are crossed for you.


#ThrowbackThursday: Gobble, Gobble

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with quality family time and tons of food! This week, we’re throwing back to last Thursday with some of our authors sharing what they looked forward to eating on Thanksgiving.

Gary Dop

Gary Dop

I crave the leftovers of a Thanksgiving meal more than the actual meal. The meal is great, but it’s so much preparation, and you have all those family members negotiating how to be sane around each other–the main meal is work. But Thanksgiving leftovers are all play: I love the moment later that night or the next afternoon, when I pull the mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, and corn from the fridge, and I plop it all into a big bowl—mix it up, add a little cheese, and toss it in the microwave.  Then I eat till I’m thankful.


Melody Mansfield

Melody Mansfield

Pecan pie.  No contest.


William Trowbridge

William Trowbridge



Michael Mirolla

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Sweet potatoes/vegetables/turkey breast/and wine. Lots of it.


20th Anniversary Event Photos!

Check out all the great photos from the recent anniversary event on November 16th on our Facebook! We had such a good time, and we’re thankful to everyone who could make it and was able to help support Red Hen!