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Five Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (12/5/2017)

It’s been a busy holiday season getting ready for the excitement of the new year! We want to thank all of you little hens for sticking with us, whether you’ve been at the Hen House for years or for days, we’re excited to have you and appreciate you all for your neverending support!

Can you believe 2017 is almost over? But don’t worry; the literary community doesn’t slow down for anything! There are so many fantastic literary events coming up over the next few weeks! Take a night away from the holiday shopping madness and step in for some time appreciating the beauty of words, music, and artists. It’s easy to forget how much things like that matter, especially in the rush of the holidays, but spending time with your loved ones amongst wordsmiths and musicians is the perfect way to remember that the most important part of life is love and connections with others.

Here are five events we’re really looking forward to checking out this week:

(1) Florencia Ramirez and Janet Fitch @ VROMAN’S | Wednesday, December 6, 7:00pm | FREE

Join Florencia Ramirez and Janet Fitch at the legendary Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena for a fantastic reading and signing afterwards! Florencia’s EAT LESS WATER is a relevant and extremely insightful book about the opportunity for water conservation within the food industry, and how you can help both water and food sustainability with her fantastic recipes and scientific analysis! Both personal and analytical, Eat Less Water is a moving plea to help the water conservation efforts in every way we can.

Click here for more information!


(2) Lunch Poems: Rita Dove @ UC BERKELEY | Thursday, December 7, 12:00pm | FREE

UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poem series features Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove! Join her at noon at the Morrison Library in the Doe Library for a fantastic reading of her prolific work.

Click here for more information!


(3) Forms & Features Part I: Daughters of Revolution: 100 Years of Russian Posters and Poetry @ SMART MUSEUM OF ART | Thursday, December 7, 6:00pm | FREE

In this two-part series (with part two taking place next Thursday at the Poetry Foundation), come together and explore the extraordinary work of women artists and writers from the Bolshevik Revolution spanning a century. Part One, this Thursday, features a tour of the Soviet posters on display at the Smart Museum of Art as well as a hands-on poster-making workshop. Next week you’ll reconvene at The Poetry Foundation for a poetry workshop and discussion dedicated to the work of Russian women poets.

This is a great and exciting opportunity to explore and analyze historic work from brave women from our pasts!

The event is free but registration is REQUIRED, and you’re expected to attend both parts! Don’t miss out, register here!


(4) Literary Salon with David Rocklin, Gayle Brandeis, and Steve Leder @ THE LAST BOOKSTORE | Saturday, December 9, 7:00pm | FREE

Hang out at the historic Last Bookstore in Los Angeles and be a part of their monthly literary salon series with fantastic writers David Rocklin, Gayle Brandeis, and Steve Leder in reading and conversation with author and editor Shilpa Agarwal!

More info can be found here!


(5) Poetry Through Voice @ THE BROAD STAGE | Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm | $40

Red Hen Press is proud to present Poetry Through Voice: a fusion of Grammy-Award winning music and moving poetry, performed at the historic Broad Stage in Santa Monica! Featuring Grammy-Award winning composers and artists and prolific poets Douglas Manuel, Elise Paschen, and California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, this is set to be an unforgettable night you won’t want to miss. Enjoy a beautiful Sunday night along the coast of California with us!

Get your tickets here!

CHICKEN SCRATCH SPECIAL EDITION: 5 Items in the Red Hen Press Benefit’s Silent Auction We’re Looking Forward To This Week

I’m sure you’ve heard about Red Hen’s 23rd Benefit Champagne Luncheon, coming up on November 12th in Pasadena, but did you know about the silent auction? We have over forty-five amazing items up for bid, every single one of them an incredible steal, from resort stays in the Bahamas to fully-guided tours in Europe to autographed memorabilia and experience tickets. Here are five items we’re uber excited about! For the complete list, click here!


(1) 7-9 Nights at Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua

The simple, unadorned pleasures of the Caribbean await at the Adults-Only Pineapple Beach Club Antigua. Set on 30 acres of tropical paradise, with a spectacular quarter-mile white sand beach, two freshwater swimming pools, non-motorized water sports, comfortable accommodations, three dining options, tennis, fitness center & more, this resort is perfect for those seeking laid back fun in the sun, a romantic hideaway or looking to explore the beautiful island of Antigua.

This resort certificate provides 7 to 9 nights accommodation (double occupancy) for 2 rooms (valued up to $1,050 per room depending on dates of travel) at Pineapple Beach Club.

Value: $2,100 || Opening Bid: $315

Click here for more information!



(2) Experience Paris Package: 6 Days/5 Nights

Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Louvre Museum and marvel at highlights such as the priceless Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Travel in style by Seine River Cruise to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Enjoy lunch at Altitude 95, the restaurant of the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and gain insight into the history and heritage of Paris’ attractions.

This experience for two people includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights Deluxe Hotel Accommodations close to major attractions in the heart of Paris, inclusive of room-related taxes and VAT
  • Lunch at Altitude 95, restaurant on first floor on Eiffel Tower
  • Cruise on the River Seine
  • Chauffeured Paris tour highlighting the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Round trip air travel from any major metropolitan airport in the US/48

Value: $10,900 || Opening Bid: $6,815

Click here for more information!


(3) 4 Disneyland Parkhopper Tickets

(4) 1-day Park Hopper Tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure

Experience the Disney magic with a family four-pack of 1-day Park Hopper Tickets to both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure! Take photos at the castle, go on an adventure with Indiana Jones, get spooky at the Haunted Mansion, and then head over to California Adventure to Soar Around the World, visit your automotive friends in Cars Land, get soaked in Grizzly Bear Rapids, and watch the fantastic light and water show World of Color! It’s guaranteed to be a day worth a spot in the family albums.

Value: $628 || Opening Bid: $125

Click here for more information!


(4) Hamilton Tickets + Dinner For Two

The historical Hamilton is Broadway’s hottest show, a musical about the life of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the heart of Hollywood, on Hollywood Boulevard, right down the block from Vine Street, stands the Pantages Theatre. The Pantages has become one of the greatest landmarks of Hollywood, signifying both the glorious past and adventuresome of the world’s entertainment capital.

This package includes:

  • Dinner for two at popular upscale restaurant of choice.
  • Two Hamilton tickets, to a show date of choice, subject to availability.
  • Concierge booking service to assist in arranging this exciting experience.

Value: $3,350 || Opening Bid: $2,125

Click here for more information!



(5) Champagne Brunch for 6 and 2 Tickets to Harbor Cruise

Champagne Sunday Brunch for 6 at Ports O’ Call Waterfront Dining in San Pedro and 2 certificates for a 1 hour Harbor Bay Cruise from Spirit Cruises.

This professionally narrated cruise visits over 50 Points-of-Interest including the Federal Breakwater, Super Cargo Terminals, Tankers, Freighters and Ships from Ports around the world. See Sea Lions, beautiful Private Yachts, Coast Guard Facilities, the “Love Boat” Cruise Terminal, newly restored Angel’s Gate Lighthouse, and our newest attraction – the Battleship Iowa (LA Harbor only). Weekly departure from Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors.

Join us for our Champagne Sunday Brunch, voted best Sunday Brunch in the South Bay! Enjoy free-flowing champagne, with so much to choose from! Grab a plate, a glass of champagne, and relax on our waterfront patio. There’s no better place to have Sunday Brunch than on the water.

Value: $357 || Opening Bid: $70

Click here for more information!

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (10/31/2017)

Happy Halloween from Red Hen Press!

This week our authors are busy giving readings from Los Angeles to Portland to New York, and more! We hope your enjoy the listings and don’t forget to tag us on social media @RedHenPress if you attend!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 –Poetry reading with t’ai freedom ford and others @ The New School, New York, NY, 6:30pm, FREE

Cave Canem, a literary program dedicated to black poetry, and The New School’s Creative Writing department will host Red Hen poet, t’ai freedom ford and others for an evening of poetry. how to get over is ford’s debut collection and is called a “Live/Lie/Love/Die survival guide for survivors of drug wars and hip hop fantasies.”

Find out more information here.

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 – Ivan Smason and BRENDAN CONSTANTINE Reading @ Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA, 8:00pm

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Ivan Smason and Red Hen’s Brendan Constantine for an exciting reading. Constantine is the author of Dementia, My Darling, Calamity Joe, and Letters to Guns. Reception and book signing will follow.

Regular admission costs less than $3. FREE for members. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 – Mandy Kahn Reading @ Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA, 5:00pm, FREE

Join Mandy Kahn as she reads from her collection of poems, Glenn Gould’s Chair, at Skylight Books! Glenn Gould’s Chair is Kahn’s second book and has been described as an “unabashedly beautiful consideration of the creative life.”

Click here for more information here.

Sunday November 5th, 2017 – Reading with ELISE PASCHEN @ Powell’s Book on Hawthorne, Portland, OR, 4:00pm, FREE

Elise Paschen and Samiya Bashir join forces to give a reading of their work at Powell’s Books. Spend an evening listening to two amazing poets read from their latest collections and sharing their experiences with Portland poetry lovers!

Click here for more information.

Monday, November 6th, 2017 – ELLEN MEEROPOL and others at ROAR Reading Series @ University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 7:00pm, FREE

Ellen Meeropol, author of Kinship of Clover, will read at the University of Connecticut’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Storrs Center. Other featured guests include Sarah Gillgian who is currently working on a collection of short stories titled The Genius of Connecticut, and Joan Seliger, the author of Bereft and Blessed.

Learn more here.

6 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (10/24/2017)

If last week’s list of literary events was full of tricks and spooky stories, then this week’s is a bag full of treats! Our schedule is jammed packed! We’ve got book signings, an anthology launching, a lit crawl, and a poetry celebration.

With this top-notch lineup, we’re hoping to see you share your adventures with us on social media! So drop us a line, send some photos, and tweet us @RedHenPress!

(1) TONIGHT! Tuesday, October 24th — Kathline Carr and Nicelle Davis @ Chevalier’s Books, Los Angeles, 7pm, FREE

Join Red Hen authors Kathline Carr and Nicelle Davis for a wonderful evening at Los Angeles’s oldest independent bookstore! Celebrating the release of Kathline’s MIRACULUM MONSTRUM, this is set to be a lovely night of readings, and discussions, with a book signing to follow.

No tickets necessary; just stop by! Can’t wait to see you.

More information is available here!

Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004


(2) TONIGHT! Tuesday, October 24th — Syntax/Synapse: “How We See” with Joyce Carol Oates and Charles Gross, New York, New York, 7:30pm, FREE

Join Joyce Carol Oates and her husband, Charles Gross, for a discussion on the collision between neuroscience and literature. They’ll connect how the brain interprets what we see with how writers interpret their visual sense. The intersection between science and literature is nothing short of fascinating!

This event is free; RSVP here!

17 E. 47th St.
New York, New York


(3) Wednesday, October 25th — LitCrawl L.A. 2017, North Hollywood, 6pm-12am, FREE

If you’ve never been to a LitCrawl before, this year is the perfect year to start! Roam the streets of North Hollywood and visit amazing places of literary significance, bouncing from location to location over the entire night, with readings going on everywhere. Marking its fifth year in NoHo, there is nothing but fun to be had on this adventurous journey through the streets of L.A. with tons of people who appreciate and love the literary scene as much as you do. Recently featured in an L.A. Weekly article about the best cheap and free things to do in L.A. this week, there’s plenty to see, with three great rounds of literary fun.

Check out the hilarious DUEL OF THE TYPEWRITERS : MELROSE POETRY BUREAU SQUARES OFF! in round one at the Pizza Press on Lankershim for spontaneous and improvised poetry from 7:00-8:00pm!

Red Hen Press authors will be featured in the second round at the Eclectic in NoHo at 8pm! We hope to see you there, and stick around the same venue for the after party!

Cap the night with LITERARY TRIVIA in round three, upstairs at the Federal Bar from 9:00-10:00pm, then head back to the ECLECTIC for the speak-easy after party until midnight!

For more information and a full schedule and map, click here.

This event starts at Groundworks/Historic North Hollywood Train Station Plaza, 11275 Chandler Blvd


(4) Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 – Celebrate 25 Years of Poetry in Motion @ The New York Public Library for Performing Arts, New York, NY, 6:00pm, FREE

In 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority began showcasing poems in public transportation. Now, Poetry in Motion is celebrating its 25th year anniversary by publishing an anthology of a hundred poems. Many featured poets will be in attendance to read their own poems and past favorites. Poets include Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Patrick Phillips and more.

All reservations for this program have been claimed. However, a standby line will form at 111 Amsterdam Ave. one hour before the program. Learn more here.


(5) Thursday, October 26th, 2017 – Two-Countries Anthology Launch @ Hugo House, Seattle, WA, 7:00pm, FREE

Red Hen is proud to announce the launch of Tina Schumann’s anthology, Two-Countries: US Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. At a time of many division in the country, author and contributor Peggy Shumaker describes the anthology of flash memoir, personal essays, and poetry as a “brilliant, timely book, [and] an antidote to divisiveness.”

Learn more about this event here.


(6) Saturday & Sunday, October 28-29 — SoCal Poetry Festival 2017 @ Mt. San Antonio College, starting at 10am, FREE

The 2nd annual Southern California Poetry Festival will be hosted at Mt. San Antonio College this year. Consisting of a collection of amazing readings, workshops, and panels, this weekend-long event is guaranteed to inspire and motivate both fans and writers alike. Come on down for an amazing time amongst amazing people, where the atmosphere is nothing but supportive, and the air is full of love and appreciation for literature. You’ll find several Red Hen authors, both at our Red Hen Spotlight event on Saturday at 3:30, as well as in other panels throughout the weekend. This is absolutely one event you don’t want to miss!

Full schedule and details can be found here.

Mt. San Antonio College
1100 North Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (10/17/2017)

Halloween is fast approaching and this week’s literary events are full of tricks and treats!

As always, we love to see our readers having fun at an event we listed, so don’t forget to tag us on social media! We might just re-blog your post!

(1) Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 – SIEL JU hosts PEN Center USA’s Edison Book Club @ The Edison, Los Angeles, CA, 6:00pm, FREE

Siel Ju, author of Cake Time, is hosting the Pen Center USA October book club! Ju will be discussing The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, now a hit television show on HULU. Specialty cocktails will be offered all night and happy hours prices are available. This event is free and open to all.

Find out more and RSVP here.

(2) Thursday, October 19th, 2017 – The October Stories @ Stories Books & Café, Los Angeles, California, 8:00pm, FREE

Stories Books & Café invites you to join their third annual horrorfest, The October Stories. Local authors will be performing a selection of “rotten stories, maggoty poems, and vomitous nightmare fiction.” There will be free drinks, live music, mingling, and haunting tales.

Learn more by clicking here.

(3) Thursday, October 19th, 2017 – Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me @ The Bindery, San Francisco, CA,

Celebrate the release of Jill Kolongowski’s Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me at The Bindery. Her collection of essays examines major themes from the Harry Potter saga such as friendship, courage, activism, and curiosity. Kolongowski is a Hufflepuff and a creative writing professor at the College of San Mateo.

Click here for more info

 (4) Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 – Page Meets Stage with t’ai freedom ford @ Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY, 6:00pm, $10

Support Red Hen poet t’ai freedom ford as she takes the stage at the Bowery Poetry Club for a poetic throw down! ford and poet Patrick Rosal will read back and forth, poem for poem, in an ongoing poetic conversation about where poetry exists.

Find out more information and buy tickets here!

(5) Monday, October 23rd, 2017 – Creating the Language of Loss with ELISE PASCHEN and others @ Shakespeare & Co., New York, NY, 6:30pm, FREE

Attend an exciting panel featuring Elise Paschen, author of The Nightlife, and others at Shakespeare & Co. in New York City. The event will be moderated by poet Nuar Alsadir. Learn about the art of making something beautiful out of something painful as these poets dive into their own processes and share some insights on loss and language!

RSVP for your spots here.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (10/10/2017)

This week’s list of literary events is kick-starting the Halloween spirit! Readings range from the intergalactic to exploring death to celebrating Indie authors and publishers.

We love to see our readers enjoying themselves at an event we curated, so give us a shout on social media and we just might re-blog your post!

(1) Thursday, October 12th, 2017 – POPE BROCK Reading @ Print Bookstore, Portland, ME, 7:00pm, FREE

The Earth is getting hotter, the Arctic is melting faster, and North Korea is going nuclear, perhaps it’s time to prepare for relocating to the moon—you know, post-Earth’s destruction. Join armchair voyager of intergalactic space, Pope Brock, as he reads from his latest book, Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon, and offers cheeky insight and tips on how to survive over yonder.

Prepare for your intergalactic mission by clicking here.

(2) Friday, October 13th, 2017 – Let’s Talk About Death @ Voodoo Lounge Underground, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00pm

Let’s skip all the horrible, guaranteed-box office-flops coming to a theater near you this Friday the 13th, and let’s talk about death instead. The Voodoo Lounge Underground and host Alicen Grey are scheduling a “night of conversation about humanity’s greatest fear.” Enjoy an evening of performances by featured artists, discussion and writings on interpretations of Death, and an open mic!

Let’s learn about death by clicking here.

(3) Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – CHELSEY CLAMMER Reading @ Book People, Austin, TX, 6:00pm, FREE

Come see Chelsey Clammer, winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award for her lyric essay collection Circadian, at Book People! Clammer will be joined by Tatiana Ryckman, author of I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do).

Find out more information here.

(4) Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – Indie Author Day with SIEL JU and others @ Los Angeles Public Library – Junipero Serra Branch, Los Angeles, CA, 3:00pm, FREE

Celebrate Indie publishers and authors on Indie Author Day at the Los Angeles Public Library!  The event features Red Hen’s Siel Ju, winner of 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Award for her hit Cake Time, and many others. The day’s itinerary includes poetry/fiction readings, a film screening, stand-up comedy, and music performances.

Click here for more information.

(5) Monday, October 16th, 2017 – CYNTHIA HOGUE at Boudreaux Visiting Writers Series @ USC Dornsife, Los Angeles, CA, 12:00pm, FREE

The Boudreaux Visiting Writers Series features Cynthia Hogue at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences for a luncheon and an afternoon of poetry. Ms. Hogue has published four books with Red Hen; her most collection of poetry is In June the Labyrinth.

Find more details here.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (10/03/2017)

From college-sponsored author discussions to reading groups to literary festivals, we at Red Hen have curated five upcoming literary events across the country for your picking. If supporting local authors, reading wild and engaging stories, learning about the environment, or participating in collaborative projects with indigenous communities fuel your day, then read on!

(1) Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 – Gary Soto Reading and Discussion @ Chaffey College | Fontana Campus, CA, 4:30pm FREE

If you can’t get enough of Gary Soto’s lecture at the San Francisco Public Library last week, or you’re disappointed you couldn’t attend, then you are in for a treat! Mr. Soto is bringing his charming personality to Southern California on Tuesday, October 3rd, at 4:30pm at Chaffey College’s Fontana Campus. Mr. Soto will be discussing his latest book Meatballs for the People: Proverbs to Chew On. Books will also be available for sale.

Find out more information here.

(2) Thursday, October 5th, 2017 – Women’s National Book Association, National Reading Group Month presents a reading with ELLEN MEEROPOL and others @ Trident Books, Boston, MA, 7:00pm FREE

The Women’s National Book Association will feature Red Hen author ELLEN MEEROPOL, and others, for their National Reading Group Month. Ms. Meeropol has published three books: House Arrest (2011), On Hurricane Island (2015), and most recently Kinship of Cover (2017).

For more information click here.


(3) Thursday, October 7th, 2017 – 22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley, CA, 12:00pm FREE

Come celebrate writers, nature, and community at the 22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival! Channel your inner Emerson or Thoreau by joining poet and eco-educator Chris Olandar on a trek along Strawberry Creek through UC Berkeley to the Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park.

Later, enjoy readings from Pulitzer Prize–winner and 1995–97 US Poet Laureate Robert Hass, California’s K-12 student poets, and many others.

The Strawberry Creek Walk starts promptly at 10:00am. The Festival begins at noon and lasts until 4:30pm. Learn more and plan your day by clicking here!


(4) Friday, October 6th, 2017 – The Los Angeles Review with SIEL JU @ The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, 7:30pm FREE

Red Hen author, SIEL JU, and our sister publication, The Los Angeles Review, at one event?! You better-clucking-believe it. On Friday, October 6th The Last Bookstore and The Los Angeles Review are proud to host a night of literary reading. Among featured authors include SIEL JU who won Red Hen Press 2015 Fiction Award for her novel, CAKE TIME.

Check out more information here.

(5) Monday, October 9th, 2017 Elise Paschen at The Returning the Gift Festival @ University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 4:00pm

Starting on October 8th, Returning the Gift Inc. celebrates its 25th anniversary with a four-day festival! Join Elise Paschen, author of The Nightlife, as she celebrates her Osage Nation heritage at the event. Ms. Paschen is scheduled to speak on October 9th at 4:00pm.

For details on Returning the Gift, click here. For programming schedule, click here.


5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (9/26/2017)

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward To This Week (9/26/2017)

How many of you are excited that it’s FINALLY autumn? That’s right, the seasons changed on Friday, the Autumnal Equinox, and we’ve already had a taste of the beautiful fall weather we’ll hopefully get more of. I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely, 100% a curl-up-under-a-blanket-with-hot-cocoa-and-a-book-listening-to-the-rain kind of girl.

But the California sunshine hasn’t left us just yet – I know the forecast calls for warmer temperatures again, but luckily we’ll have plenty of literary events across the country to save us from the heat!

(1) Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 – Gary Soto Reading @ The Main Library, San Francisco, CA, 6:00pm FREE

Join Bay Area author Gary Soto, special guest lecturer for the San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center’s 21st Anniversary Effie Lee Morris Lecture on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 6 pm. Mr. Soto’s lecture is entitled “Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto,” and will take place in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, in San Francisco.

Winner of an Academy of American Poets Award and other honors, Gary Soto was born and raised in Fresno. His numerous books of fiction, short stories, and poems for childen, teens, and adults include Baseball in April and Other Stories, Taking Sides, and Too Many Tamales. His lecture will range over the major themes of his multifaceted body of work.

A book-signing with the author will follow the lecture.

Find more information here!


(2) Thursday, September 28th, 2017 – Women’s National Book Club, Greater Philadelphia Chapter present a reading with ANNE EDELSTEIN and others, Towne Book Center, PA, 7:00pm FREE

The Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Women’s National Book Club is proud to present their 3rd Annual Author event, featuring ANNE EDELSTEIN’s LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS. A reading, book sale, and Q&A session are to be expected! The reading also features Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphan’s Tale, and Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World. Join them for a lovely evening of literature and discussion!


220 Plaza Drive

Collegeville, PA

For more information, click here.


(3) Thursday, September 28th, 2017 – October 1st, 2017 –WRITE ON THE RIVER: Amy Hassinger and Karen Shoemaker Writing/Workshop Retreat, River Inn Resort, NE

Red Hen authors Amy Hassinger and Karen Shoemaker present an amazing writing and workshop retreat in the Nebraskan countryside. The retreat lasts for a weekend, and meals and lodging are included at the beautiful River Inn Resort. This sounds like an amazing opportunity to get away for a weekend of companionship and peaceful inspiration!

Learn more here!


(4) Friday, September 29th, 2017 – A Marathon Reading of Walden by Henry David Thoreau – 7pm, 192 Books, New York – FREE

192 Books in New York will be presenting a marathon reading of the entirety of Walden to honor the bicentennial birth of its author, Henry David Thoreau. The public is invited to both attend and participate in this fantastic event honoring one of America’s most prolific and influential writers.

Check out more information here!


(5) Saturday, September 30th, 2017 – 100 Thousand Poets for Change – 11:00am-6:00pm, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA – FREE

Beyond Baroque presents its 7th annual “100 Thousand Poets for Change” event, a worldwide, all-day event featuring segments by dozens of poets! Includes a clothes and supplies drive for the homeless of Venice Beach, sponsored by Totes4friends, come on by for an hour or seven and be among amazing writers and a worldwide community of hope and empowerment!

More details can be found here.

Red Hen Press Events Across the Country This Week

Red Hen is hard at work with a ton of events across the country, from L.A. to New York, for you to check out! We kicked off this exciting week on Sunday with our grand groundbreaking ceremony for our new nest right here in Pasadena, but the fun doesn’t stop there! With a slew of new and upcoming publications to celebrate, we have RHP events running almost every day this week from coast to coast, and we hope all of you can come along, hang out with some of our authors, listen to some fantastic readings, and have an amazing time. We have something for everyone, at some of the best locations in Southern California and New York.

Here’s a run-down of everything we’ve got going on:


Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Pasadena, CA


Red Hen was proud to welcome authors, fans, and esteemed guests to celebrate our new nest on Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena, California. Refreshments were served, live music was played, readings were given, and a fantastic good time was had by all! We’d like to thank everyone that came out to celebrate with us, and we hope to see you at more of our events held in our new space!



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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Santa Monica, CA – TONIGHT!


Join us at the Annenberg Community Beach House TONIGHT for the last Red Hen Press Beach=Culture reading of the year! Join Amy Hassinger, Ellen Meeropol, Peggy Shumaker, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, with a dance by Sheetal Gandhi, as we explore the power of words to change the world, with big stories about family, the environmental story of the planet, and the lives of women. Imagine a world of dams bursting, bears in the Alaskan dawn, plants taking over the room, and refugees searching for peace.

This is a free event, but reservations are REQUIRED for entry, so don’t forget to RSVP!

Note: No need to print out your ticket; just mention your last name when checking in.

Time: 5:30-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the history of the Beach House site.

6:30-7:30pm: Reading with Amy Hassinger, Ellen Meeropol, Peggy Shumaker and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, with dance by Sheetal Gandhi

Location: Annenberg Community Beach House
Address:415 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Santa Monica , CA 90402

Learn more about the event here.



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – New York, NY


Join our Red Hen Press in New York City series at the Cornelia Street Cafe for a reading with Red Hen authors Chelsey Clammer, Kathline Carr and Sebastian Matthews! Come on down for a great time with fantastic authors and quintessential New York culture.

Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Cornelia Street Café
Address: 29 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014

Entry is $10, which includes a FREE drink.

To reserve seating, call Cornelia Street Cafe at (212) 989-9319.

Learn more about the event here and check out the rest of our series in New York here!



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Thursday, September 14th, 2017 – New York, NY


Join Judy Grahn, Jason Schneiderman, t’ai freedom ford, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Dean Kostos, and Celeste Gainey for the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division – Poetry Reading in celebration of HANGING ON OUR OWN BONES, the new poetry collection from LGBTQ and feminist icon/activist Judy Grahn. Through seven narrative poems, Grahn weaves real-life conditions with goddess mythology to construct modern interpretations of lamentation in nine parts, directing attention to critiquing white supremacy, honoring battered women, exalting the powers of menstruation, conflating all labor with birth imagery, and revealing lateral hostilities among potential allies, all in order to arouse a meaningful social critique.

Admission is free and the reading is set to begin at 7:00 PM!

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
208 W 13th St, Rm 210
New York, NY 10011

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Friday, September 15th, 2017 – New York, NY


Join Red Hen author Elise Paschen, with Ellen Rachlin, and Edward Hirsch as they read from their new collections and join you all for a light reception at the Elizabeth Kray Hall and Margo Viscusi Reading Room!

General admission is $10, $7 for students, and $5 for Poets House members.

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Poets House
Elizabeth Kray Hall and Margo Viscusi Reading Room
10 River Terrace
New York , NY 10282

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Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – New York, NY


Come join Florencia Ramirez, Pope Brock, and Catherine Woodard for an illustrious reading at the famed KGB Bar off 4th street! Florencia Ramirez’s latest release, EAT LESS WATER, discusses water conservation as it relates to the food and drink industry, and provides guidance and recipes on how we can all conserve water through eating less of it. Pope Brock’s ANOTHER FINE MESS discusses the possibility of colonizing outer space, a satirical look in to what life might be like living on the moon.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: KGB Bar
Address:85 E 4th St.
New York , NY 10003

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Sunday, September 17th, 2017 — San Francisco, CA


Red Hen authors Pope Brock, Florencia Ramirez, and Karen Shoemaker will be at the famed City Lights bookstore for a fantastic afternoon of reading! Pope Brock’s latest release, ANOTHER FINE MESS: LIFE ON TOMORROW’S MOON takes the reader on a vivid satirical journey to learn just what life might look like living on tomorrow’s moon and what could happen if we started to colonize outer space. Florencia Ramirez’s EAT LESS WATER tells the story of water served on our plates: an eye-opening account of the under-appreciated environmental threat of water scarcity, and how we all can eat less water. Karen Shoemaker’s THE MEANING OF NAMES, a consuming tale of one family’s confrontation with the violence and hatred that swept across America during the First Great War for Peace, is the winner of the 2016 One Book One Nebraska Selection as well as the 2014 Omaha Reads Selection.

This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

Time: 5:00pm
Location: City Lights Bookstore
Address: 261 Columbus Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Red Hen Press is excited to announce the acceptance of a new book, The Likely World, from Agent Bill Clegg, of The Clegg Agency. Melanie Conroy-Goldman’s debut novel is a gritty tale of addiction, loss, and recovery, and is set to release in the fall of 2020.

Book Synopsis

A mother struggling to stay clean and care for her toddler Juni has her life and sobriety upended by the sudden arrival and disappearance of a man she thought was gone forever. In search of this man, the father of her child, Mellie is drawn back into a netherworld she once inhabited, a world plagued by the drug “cloud” and the long term damage that it inflicts upon the mind. She must retrace the winding, bloody path the drug has scrawled across her life, from her first encounter as a teenager lost in the sweat and fog of the nascent Boston punk scene, to her descent from bohemian student to desperate addict in early 90s New York, and finally to the antiseptic glare of a porn set and the harsh California sun. As the pursuit continues and the specter of Mellie’s past acquires a terrifying solidity, she will have to fight for Juni and the fraction of a family that she has tried so hard to build.

The Reviews Are In

Author Melanie Conroy Goldman and her debut novel have already received early praise. Mary Gaitskill writes:

The Likely World is bizarre and beautiful, equal parts brainy lit and gut-bucket pulp. Its heroine is unlike any female character I’ve ever encountered and I love her.”

Peter Ho Davies writes:

“Conroy-Goldman’s gritty, street postmodernism will rewire your brain in ways that recall David Foster Wallace or Philip K. Dick. But it’s the depth of feeling here, about love, about motherhood, reminiscent of Rachel Kushner or Claire Vaye Watkins, that will break your heart.”

We can’t wait to share this fantastic new title with you!

Meet the Author

Melanie Conroy-Goldman teaches fiction writing as an associate professor of English at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, daughter, and two step-daughters. In addition to teaching and writing, she runs the Trias Residency for Writers and teaches for the Cornell Prison Education Program. The Likely World will be her first published novel.

Melanie Conroy-Goldman is represented by Bill Clegg. The Clegg Agency is based in New York and publishes autobiography/memoir, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. Clients include Emma Cline, Nick Flynn, Rivka Galchen, Lauren Groff, Christopher Hebert, Tao Lin, Ottessa Moshfegh, Rob Spillman, Matthew Thomas, and Kao Kalia Yang.