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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.

RHP at the Annenberg Beach House



Red Hen Press celebrates poetry and culture at the historic Annenberg Beach House, a gold coast gem that overlooks the ocean and once housed the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. Past readers include Camille T. Dungy, two-time NAACP Image Award nominee and winner of a 2011 American Book Award for Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), Ilya Kaminsky, recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine, Susan Straight, whose Take One Candle Light a Room (Pantheon, 2010) was named one of the best novels of 2010 by The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Kirkus, and Ron Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402

These events are FREE and open to the public
Parking is $3/hour ($5 after 5PM) & $12/day
Click here for reservations
or call 310.458.2257

Upcoming Events


A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) Reading

October 14th @ 6:30 pm


Leia Wilson_croppedLeia Penina Wilson recently graduated with her MFA from the University of Alabama. She’s since then moved to the desert, and will be pursuing her PhD in poetry at the University of Las Vegas,     Nevada. She’s proudly Samoan, and is thrilled to find taro in the grocery stores. When she’s not writing she likes to play Magic the Gathering, watch movies, make cocktails, and bake.




genevieve kaplanGenevieve Kaplan is the author of In the ice house (Red Hen, 2011), winner of the A Room of Her Own foundation poetry prize, and settings for these scenes (Convulsive Editions, 2013), a chapbook of continual erasures from a single paragraph of Virgina Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Her poems and essays have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from TinderboxPost45Contemporaries, Zyzzyva, and Opon. She holds a Phd in Literature and Creative Writing from USC and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Southern California, where she edits the Toad Press International chapbook series, publishing contemporary translations of poetry and prose.


Jessica_Piazza Jessica Piazza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BS in Journalism from Boston University, an MA in Creative Writing from the UT Austin, and has completed a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, is a contributing editor at The Offending Adam, and has blogged for The Best American Poetry and Barrelhouse. Her work has appeared in Agni, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, National Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, Hobart, and Forklift, Ohio, among other journals. She is the winner of the 2011 A Room of Her Own Foundation To the Lighthouse Publication Prize. Interrobang is her first collection of poems. Her chapbook, This is not a sky, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2014.



 Mary Johnson is author of the memoir An Unquenchable Thirst, named one of 2011′s best books by Kirkus Review. Her courage to tell her story was the catalyst for the founding of A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Mary is AROHO’s Creative Director of Retreats and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been widely published in places such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, O the Oprah Magazine,  Bloomberg View, Feminism and Religion, Huffington Post, The Humanist, and NPR. She’s been featured in Poets & Writers and The Daily Beast and has appeared widely on radio and television, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Rosie Show, OutFront with Erin Burnett, Morning Joe,  and PBS’s To The Contrary. Maryholds an MFA from Goddard College.

For more information regarding these events, please email publicity@redhen.org