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Red Hen Press’s 21st Anniversary Champagne Luncheon

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Westin Pasadena, Fountain Ballroom
191 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

PASADENA, CA Red Hen Press will celebrate its 21st anniversary at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena on November 8th with an annual 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 raffle, and readings by acclaimed authors Brian Turner, Amy Bloom, and Major Jackson.




Brian Turner
’s latest book, My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir has been called “Achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful” by Nick Flynn and “a humane, heartbreaking, and expertly crafted work of literature” by Tim O’Brien. My Life as a Foreign Country is published by W.W. Norton & Company in the US and Canada, and by Jonathan Cape/Random House in the UK and Ireland. His two collections of poetry: Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005; Bloodaxe Books, 2007) and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books, 2010; Bloodaxe Books in October of 2010) have also been published in Swedish by Oppenheim forlag. His poems have been published and translated in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Swedish.

His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and other journals. Turner was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His most recent book of poetry, Phantom Noise, was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Here and Now, and on Weekend America, among others.

Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the US Army. He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division (1999-2000). He directs the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and serves as a contributing editor at The Normal School.




Amy Bloom is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her most recent novel, Away, was an epic story about a Russian immigrant.   Her recent collection of short stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, came out in January 2010.  Her next novel, Lucky Us, (Random House) will be out in early 2014.  She lives in Connecticut and taught at Yale University for the last decade.  She is now Wesleyan University’s Distinguished University Writer in Residence.






Major Jackson is an American poet, professor and the author of three collections of poetry: HOLDING COMPANY (W.W. Norton, 2010) and HOOPS (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry and LEAVING SATURN (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.


Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.



Previous attendees include Virginia Madsen, Billy Collins, T.C. Boyle, Alicia Ostriker, Percival Everett, Aimee Liu, Judith Freeman, Charles Harper Webb, Helena Maria Viramontes, Richard Blanco, Sharon Olds, and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.


Silent Auction/Raffle:

Red Hen Press’s 20th Anniversary Luncheon will feature a silent auction and raffle, which will be displayed in the ballroom’s foyer when guests arrive. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on and win packages and items from Caribbean resorts, Catalina Express, Total Wine, and more.






Funds raised through the Anniversary 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 anniversary@redhen.org to request additional information.


About the Press:

Red Hen Press has published over 320 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 200 underserved students each school year. The press has established three literary awards conferring $5,000 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. Individual tickets are available for $125, and tables can be purchased starting at $1,150.