Benefit Champagne Luncheon


We invite you to join us for Red Hen’s first-ever virtual gala!

The event will run from 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. on October 25, 2020, via the Zoom platform. We are providing an immersive digital experience, using breakout rooms to give guests time with our featured authors. The regular programming will showcase Red Hen’s place in the literary community with performances from local students, a silent auction, and readings by these presenting authors:

Allison Joseph

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is a professor of English and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. Her books include My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (NightBallet Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press), Double Identity (Singing Bone Press), Corporal Muse (Sibling Rivalry Press), and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press). Her most recent full-length collection, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, was published by Red Hen Press in June 2018.

Aimee Liu

Aimee Liu is the bestselling author of the novels Flash House, Cloud Mountain, and Face and the memoirs Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders and Solitaire. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, published as a Literary Guild Super Release, and serialized in Good Housekeeping. She’s received a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, a Bosque Fiction Prize, and special mention by the Pushcart Prize. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, and many other periodicals and anthologies. A past president of the national literary organization PEN Center USA, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College and is on the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program at Port Townsend, WA. She lives in Los Angeles. More at www.aimeeliu.net

Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Sponsored by Francesca Bell

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was published by One World Random House. The novel is a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, Garden & Gun, and Kenyon Review. A New Orleans native, Ruffin is an assistant professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University, and the 2020-2021 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss.

Featured host authors*:

  • Richard Bausch
  • Richard Blanco
  • Janet Fitch – Sponsored by Cindy Ballard
  • Judy Grahn
  • Donna Hemans
  • Major Jackson
  • Ellen Meeropol
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Jason Schneiderman
  • Kristen Millares Young
  • Tom Lutz & Laurie Winer

*We will update this page as more authors join our event.

Sponsorship Packages and Tickets

Individual Tickets – $50

  • 1 admission to Red Hen’s virtual gala
  • Red Hen gift bag mailed to your home at no extra cost

Gold Sponsorship – $5,000

  • 10 admissions to the virtual gala
  • Invitation to a separate virtual room with one of our featured readers: Allison Joseph, Aimee Liu, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  • A gift package—delivered ahead of the event—to you and each of your guests
  • 3 broadsides featuring each presenting author’s work, designed in-house by Red Hen cover artists and hand-signed by their respective authors
  • Autographed books by the author mailed to you and each of your guests

Silver Sponsorship – $3,000

  • 10 admissions to the virtual gala
  • Invitation to a separate virtual room with one of our host authors: Richard Bausch, Richard Blanco, Janet Fitch, Judy Grahn, Donna Hemans, Major Jackson, Ellen Meeropol, Jason Schneiderman, Kristen Millares Young, and Tom Lutz & Laurie Winer
  • Autographed books by the author mailed to you and each of your guests
  • A gift package—delivered ahead of the event—to you and each of your guests
  • Full-page ad in the event’s tribute book

Bronze Sponsorship – $1,800

  • 10 admissions to the virtual gala
  • Invitation to a separate virtual room with one of our amazing Red Hen authors
  • A gift package—delivered ahead of the event—to you and each of your guests
  • Half-page ad in the event’s tribute book

Non-Attendee Sponsorship

Available Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Arktoi Books
  • Crooked Hearts Books
  • DJS Books
  • Pighog Press
  • Story Line Press
  • Xeno Books
  • Letras Latinas
  • Quill Publishing
  • Writing in the Schools
  • Hen House Literary Center

Press Sponsor – $5,000

  • Inclusion on Red Hen’s donor wall, to be displayed at the front of its Pasadena office
  • Become the official sponsor of one of Red Hen’s programs: Arktoi Books, Crooked Hearts Books, DJS Books, Pighog Press, Story Line Press, Xeno Books, Letras Latinas, Quill Publishing, Writing in the Schools, and the Hen House Literary Center
  • Sponsorship noted on our website, tribute book, and at the event
  • Full-page advertisement in this year’s tribute book

Program Sponsor – $2,500

  • Become the official sponsor of one of Red Hen’s programs: Arktoi Books, Crooked Hearts Books, DJS Books, Pighog Press, Story Line Press, Xeno Books, Letras Latinas, Quill Publishing, Writing in the Schools, and the Hen House Literary Center
  • Sponsorship noted on our website, tribute book, and at the event
  • Half-page advertisement in this year’s tribute book

Book Sponsor – $1,000

  • Sponsorship noted on our website, tribute book, and at the event
  • An optional choice of acknowledgment inside an upcoming Red Hen title

How to Sponsor the Benefit

Use the form below to confirm your sponsorship. Please remember to enter the level of sponsorship and your selected featured host and/or program in the comment section, if applicable.

For example, “Gold Table, Maurice Carlos Ruffin,” or “Program Sponsor, Writing in the Schools”

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Contact Us

Please call Nicolas Niño (626) 406-1205 or email benefit@redhen.org to request additional information about this event or make a table purchase.

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