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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.

About Us

 

 

Our Mission: Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

In this section you’ll find information about:

  • Our Board and Staff and Advisory Board; who uphold our mission of literary excellence
  • Our Supporters, the organizations and individuals whose contributions help Red Hen thrive;
  • Writing in the Schools (WITS), Red Hen’s poetry teaching program for grade school students for promoting literacy in our local schools;
  • Our imprints and publishing series, which serve to support diversity and representation in literature;
    • Arktoi Books, an imprint dedicated to publishing high-quality literary fiction and poetry by lesbian writers;
      Established in 2006 and edited by Eloise Klein Healy;
    • Boreal Books, an imprint focused on fine literature and fine art from Alaska.
      Established in 2008 and edited by Peggy Shumaker, the former State Writer Laureate of Alaska;
    • DJS Books, an imprint publishing cutting-edge poetry books in Chinese, and mainly distributed in China;
      Formed in 2008 by Ming Di of Poetry East West.
    • Letras Latinas, a publishing series that focuses on Latinx poets;
      Established in 2007 with Francisco Aragón of University of Notre Dame.
    • Pighog, an imprint focused on publishing writers primarily from the British Isles;
      Acquired in 2014, originally founded in 2002 by John Davies.
    • Quill, a publishing series that exclusively publishes prose by queer writers;
      Established in 2015 by Tobi Harper.
    • Story Line Press, an imprint that publishes poetry with a focus on Formalism;
      Acquired in 2016, originally founded by Robert McDowell, Lysa McDowell, and Mark Jarman.
    • Xeno Books, an imprint that publishes quirky, well-crafted titles that don’t fall within the boundaries of Red Hen’s regular literary program;
      Established in 2013 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull

and, down below, a brief, general description.

Red Hen Press, one of the few literary presses in the Los Angeles area, was founded in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull with the intention of keeping creative literature alive. Our focus as a literary press is to publish poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Red Hen Press is committed to publishing work of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

Red Hen Press offers several literary awards each year, including the Benjamin Saltman Award. The winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award receives a cash prize in addition to publication of the winning poetry collection. Past judges include: Claudia Rankine, Robin Becker, Wanda Coleman, B.H. Fairchild, Nick Flynn, Eloise Klein Healy, David St. John, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, Philip Levine, Alicia Ostriker, James Ragan, Peggy Shumaker, and Quincy Troupe. Other awards offered include the Red Hen Press Short Story Award and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award, both for publication in the Los Angeles Review.

Red Hen Press is also committed to promoting literacy in the community. Beyond developing an appreciation of literature, we believe it is essential to our society to promote a readership that remains open and critically engaged in reading a variety of well-written, thought-provoking work. Our Writing in the Schools program brings writers into schools to run writing workshops and to read and discuss their work—promoting both literacy and creative expression among young people. We organize readings in schools, universities, libraries, and literary organizations. We donate books to a variety of organizations, including schools and facilities that educate at-risk youth.