30th Benefit Champagne Luncheon

We are back with hybrid programming celebrating in Noor’s indoor ballroom!

We invite you to Red Hen’s annual benefit gala for an exciting lunch event filled with readings, a live auction, and a chance to meet Red Hen Press authors and members of the literary community. We hope you can join us in celebrating our 30th year at our grandest benefit yet!

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Location: Noor Pasadena – 300 E Colorado Blvd #200, Pasadena, CA 91101 (located in the Paseo)

Featured Gold Table Host Authors:

Aliah Wright — Author of Now You Owe Me
Aliah Wright worked her way through college simultaneously as an editorial assistant for the Philadelphia Daily News and as a stringer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. A successful journalist, she spent her career working for a variety of news outlets. Those include the Associated Press, where she was a political correspondent, and the USA Today Network as the former entertainment editor for Gannett News Service. A graduate of Temple University, she lives with her family just outside her hometown of Philadelphia. This is her first novel. Follow her on TikTok @aliahwrites!

Douglas ManuelAuthor of Trouble Funk
Douglas Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana and now resides in Long Beach, California. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, an MFA in poetry from Butler University, and a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. His first collection of poems, Testify, won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry, and his poems and essays can be found in numerous literary journals, magazines, and websites, most recently Zyzzyva, Pleiades, and the New Orleans Review. He has traveled to Egypt and Eritrea with The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program to teach poetry. A recipient of the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts, he is a Bayard Rustin Fellow at Whittier College and teaches at Spalding University’s low-res MFA program.

Florencia Ramirez — Author of Eat Less Water
Florencia Ramirez is a trained researcher at the University of Chicago’s School of Public Policy. She won the sixth Gift of Freedom Creative Nonfiction Award from the A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Her articles appear in Edible Communities Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, among others, and her popular blog. She lives in Oxnard, California, an agricultural town on the Pacific coast that smells of celery, strawberries and fertilizers with her husband and three young children.

Jason Schneiderman Author of Self Portrait of Icarus as a Country on Fire
Jason Schneiderman is the author of four books of poems: Hold Me Tight (Red Hen Press 2020), Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016), Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010), and Sublimation (Four Way Books 2004). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2016). His poetry and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY and lives in Brooklyn.

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Please call (626) 506-2017 or email henhouse@redhen.org to request additional information about Red Hen’s benefit or make a table purchase.