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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.


PASADENA, CA – Red Hen Press will celebrate its 23rd annual benefit at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena on November 12th with a champagne luncheon. The afternoon festivities will highlight Red Hen’s vibrant tradition in the literary community with performances from local school children, a silent auction, and readings by acclaimed authors Camille Dungy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and A. E. Stallings! Reception begins at 11 A.M.

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Official Online Media Sponsors: Pasadena Now, Los Angeles Review of Books

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Gold Tables Hosted By:

Camille Dungy

Viet Thanh Nguyen

A. E.  Stallings








Silver Tables Hosted By:


Laurel Ann Bogen, author of Psychosis in the Produce Department (Red Hen Press, 2016)

Amy Gerstler, author of Scattered at Sea (Penguin, 2015)

Judy Grahn, author of Hanging On Our Own Bones  (Red Hen Press, 2017)

Patt Morrison, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Los Angeles Times

Ishmael Reed, poet, activist, and Guggenheim Foundation Award recipient

Luis Rodriguez, 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate


Eloise Klein Healy, author of A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings (Red Hen Press, 2013)

Ron Carlson, author of The Blue Box (Red Hen Press, 2014)

Brendan Constantine, author of Dementia My Darling (Red Hen Press, 2016)

Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic

Writing in the Schools


Table Benefits:

Gold Table Benefits – $5,000

  • 8 VIP seats with a host author
  • One hand-printed broadside featuring each of the acclaimed authors’ works
  • Autographed books by the author at your table
  • Two tickets to a pre-event cocktail party the evening before the luncheon, with the featured authors
  • Full page ad in the event’s tribute book

Silver Table Benefits – $2,500

  • 8 VIP seats with a host author
  • Autographed books by the author at your table
  • Two tickets to a pre-event cocktail party the evening before the luncheon, with the featured authors
  • Full page ad in the event’s tribute book

Bronze Table Benefits – $1,500

  • 10 VIP seats
  • Two tickets to a pre-event cocktail party the evening before the luncheon, with the featured authors
  • Half page ad in the event’s tribute book

Individual Tickets – $175


Camille Dungy is author of four collections of poetry: Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), Smith Blue (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006). Her debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017). Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), co-edited the From the Fishouse (Persea, 2009), and served as associate editor for Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006). She is a recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sustainable Foundation, The Diane Middlebrook Residency Fellowship of the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and other organizations. She is a two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award, winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize, a Silver Medal Winner in the California Book Award, and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. Her poems and essays have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, nearly thirty other anthologies, and over one hundred print and online journals.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. His next book is a short story collection, The Refugees, forthcoming in February 2017 from Grove Press.  He is a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times and has written for the New York Times, Time, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and other venues. His writing has been translated into Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Spanish, and he has given lectures in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany.

A. E. Stallings is an American poet who studied Classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford.  She has published three collections of poetry, Archaic Smile (winner of the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award), Hapax (recipient of the Poets’ Prize), and Olives, (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and a verse translation (in rhyming fourteeners!) of Lucretius, The Nature of Things. She has received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Artists and the MacArthur Foundation. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her poems appear in The Atlantic Monthly, The Beloit Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The New Yorker, Poetry , Poetry Magazine (Chicago), Poetry Review, and the TLS, among others.  She also contributes essays and reviews to the American Scholar, Parnassus, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Review, the TLS, and the Yale Review.  She speaks and lectures widely on a variety of topics, and has been a regular faculty member at the West Chester Poetry Conference and the Sewanee Summer Writers Conference. Having studied in Athens, Georgia, she now lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, the journalist John Psaropoulos, and their two argonauts, Jason and Atalanta.

Silent Auction:

Red Hen Press’s 23rd Benefit Luncheon will feature a silent auction, which will be displayed in the ballroom’s foyer when guests arrive. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on and win packages, art, tech, and more!




Funds raised through the Benefit Luncheon will benefit Red Hen Press and its three flagship programs: publishing, Writing in the Schools, and literary events.

Contact Us:

Please contact us at (626) 356-4760 or benefit@redhen.org to request additional information.

About the Press:

Red Hen Press has published over 400 poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction titles since its inception in 1994. In addition, Red Hen founded its Writing in the Schools Program in 2003, through which authors conduct writing workshops for more than 275 underserved students each school year. The press has established three literary awards conferring $9,000 annually, and publishes The Los Angeles Review, a nationally distributed biannual literary journal. Proceeds from this event will help Red Hen Press continue its tradition of literary excellence by supporting its operations and programs, including the press’ work in local schools.