25th Benefit Champagne Luncheon

We invite you to join Red Hen Press as we celebrate our 25th anniversary!

The reception will run from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on October, 27, 2019, at NOOR’s gorgeous Sofia Ballroom in Pasadena. The afternoon’s festivities will highlight Red Hen’s vibrant tradition in the literary community with performances from local school children, a silent auction, and readings by these acclaimed authors:

Steve Almond

Sponsored by Lisa C. Krueger & Robert Wyman

Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have been widely anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series.

Elizabeth Bradfield

Sponsored by Ann Beman

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the poetry collections Once RemovedApproaching IceInterpretive Work, and Toward Antarctica. She works as a naturalist at home on Cape Cod as well as on expedition ships, runs Broadsided Press, and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.

Percival Everett

Photo by Phil Channing

Percival Everett is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and the author of nearly thirty books, including Percival Everett by Virgil RussellAssumptionErasureI Am Not Sidney Poitier, and Glyph.

Erica Jong

Sponsored by Francesca Bell

Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, author, and essayist with over twenty-six published books that have been influential all over the world. She is the author of the international bestseller Fear of Flying, which has been translated into over forty-five languages.

Other available featured authors include:

  • Kazim Ali, poet, essayist, translator, and publisher
  • Victoria Chang, poet, editor, and 2017 Guggenheim Fellow — Sponsored by Gary Edelstone
  • Brendan Constantine, poet and performer
  • Henri Cole, poet and winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize
  • Keith Flynn, Founder and Managing Editor of The Asheville Poetry Review
  • David Francis, lawyer and novelist; winner of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Prize for Literature
  • Kate Gale, Managing Editor of Red Hen Press — Sponsored by Gina Knox
  • George Geary, award-winning chef and culinary instructor; author of 11 cookbooks — Sponsored by Linda Horioka
  • Judy Grahn, American Book Award winner
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California — Sponsored by Andrew Seiple
  • Luis & Trini Rodríguez, co-founders and executive board members of Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural
  • Michelle Tea, memoirist, poet, and literary organizer; winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
  • Sandra Tsing Loh, writer, actress, and radio personality — Sponsored by Bianca Richards & Ron Koertge
  • Tom Lutz & Laurie Winer, editor in chief/publisher and senior editor, respectively, of the Los Angeles Review of Books — Sponsored by Nancy Boutin

Additional Table Sponsors

  • Katharine Coles
  • Georgia Jeffries
  • Linda Kunik
  • Lester and Deborah Lennon
  • Louise Ritchie
  • Joshua Sapan
  • Jacqueline Tchakalian and Shelley Thompson

Table Packages and Tickets

Gold Table Benefits – $5,000

  • 10 VIP seats with one of our four featured readers: Erica Jong, Pervical Everett, Elizabeth Bradfield, or Steve Almond
  • One hand-printed broadside featuring each of the acclaimed authors’ works
  • Autographed books by the author at your table
  • Two tickets to a pre-event cocktail party the evening before the luncheon, with the featured readers
  • Full-page ad in the event’s tribute book

Silver Table Benefits – $3,000

  • 10 VIP seats with a featured author: Kazim Ali, Victoria Chang, Brendan Constantine, Henri Cole, Keith Flynn, David Francis, Kate Gale, George Geary, Judy Grahn,  Viet Thanh Nguyen, Luis and Trini Rodríguez,  Michelle Tea, Sandra Tsing Loh, Tom Lutz & Laurie Winer
  • Autographed books by the author at your table
  • Two tickets to a pre-event cocktail party the evening before the luncheon, with the featured authors
  • Full-page ad in the event’s tribute book

Bronze Table Benefits – $1,800

  • 12 VIP seats
  • Two tickets to a pre-event cocktail party the evening before the luncheon, with the featured authors
  • Half-page ad in the event’s tribute book

Tables and Individual Tickets can be purchased here!

Silent Auction:

Red Hen Press’s 25th Benefit Luncheon will feature a silent auction, which will be displayed in the ballroom’s foyer when guests arrive. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on and win packages, art, tech, and more! The auction will open later this summer, so subscribe to our mailing list to be one of the first to be notified!

About the Press:

Red Hen Press has published over 500 poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction titles since its inception in 1994. The press also maintains four other unique programs:

  • Writing in the Schools (WITS): A literary program founded in 2003 that provides writing workshops and free books to underprivileged elementary through high school students in Title I and low-income charter schools.
  • Literary Events: Nearly thirty reading events yearly, covering the East and West coasts, and international cities such as London and Frankfurt. Events are either free or low-cost and reach upwards of 1,000 audience members annually.
  • The Los Angeles ReviewAn online journal publishing emerging authors and excellent works of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction from throughout the country.
  • Literary Awards: Red Hen proudly presents ten awards (totaling $12,000) each year to emerging writers.

Proceeds from this event will help Red Hen Press continue its tradition of literary excellence by supporting its operations and programs.

Contact Us

Please call (626) 406-1205 or email benefit@redhen.org to request additional information.

Thank you to our Media Sponsor!
Official Online Media Sponsor: Pasadena Now