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Yale Radio Interview: Losing Helen by Carol Becker

July 9th, 2018 by

Carol Becker had an interview with Yale Radio!

Listen in on author Carol Becker’s latest interview with Yale Radio, associated with the Museum of Non-visible Art, as she discusses her latest book, Losing Helen. 

Click here to listen on the Yale Radio website!

The Palm Trees are Restless: An Autumn Evening of Art, Song, and Poetry at Boston Court

September 19th, 2016 by

The Palm Trees are Restless: An Autumn Evening of Art, Song, and Poetry at Boston Court

Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann performs the world premiere of Mark Abel’s new, L.A.-centric song cycle set to texts by Kate Gale along with excerpts from David Del Tredici’s “Miz Inez Sez,” plus readings by poets from the Red Hen Press.

70 North Mentor Avenue

Pasadena, CA

Tickets (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20

October 1, 2016 at 8:00 PM

About the artist and authors:

Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers. She has accomplished extensive soundtrack work on numerous Hollywood Blockbusters and has worked with today’s leading conductors, with appearances as headliner for the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and numerous others. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hila received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees, with high honors, from the Juilliard School of Music, and has been awarded the coveted Sony ES Prize for her outstanding contribution to the vocal arts.

Dr. Kate Gale is managing editor of Red Hen Press, editor of the Los Angeles Review, and president of the American Composers Forum, LA. She was the 2005-2006 president of PEN USA. She is author of five books of poetry: her most recent, Mating Season, from Tupelo Press; a novel, Lake of Fire; and Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis. Her current projects include a co-written libretto, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto adapted from Kindred by Octavia Butler with composer Billy Childs. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies; The Burning; Do Iguanas Dance, Under the Moonlight? and Rag Tag We Kiss. She was selected “Best Female Poet/Performer” by the L.A. Weekly in their Best of L.A. issue and a founding member of the acclaimed poetry performance troupe, Nearly Fatal Women. Bogen has read/performed in venues as diverse as Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The DA Center for the Arts, The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, The Museum of Contemporary Art and LACE. The recipient of the Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize from the Pacificus Foundtion and two awards from the Academy of American Poets.

Brendan Constantine’s work has appeared in Field, PloughsharesVirginia Quarterly ReviewPrairie Schooner and many other journals. He is the author of three previous collections: Letters to Guns (2009 Red Hen Press), Birthday Girl with Possum (2011 Write Bloody Publishing), and Calamity Joe (2012 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on National Public Radio, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

Tali Tadmor  is a Los Angeles-based pianist, music director and vocal coach. She has collaborated with prominent musicians such as choral composer Eric Whitacre, Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Meade, and Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, and has performed extensively at venues around the globe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Great Hall at the heart of China’s Forbidden City. Recent projects include LA Opera’s premiere production of Dulce Rosa, in which she served as Assistant Conductor to the company’s General Director, Placido Domingo, and performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Though classically trained, Tali is active in a wide variety of musical settings, ranging from world music, pop and worship, and her own compositions. Tali received both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, as well as a B.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA. Tali is currently on faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and is the principal accompanist of the Los Robles Master Chorale.

Composer Mark Abel is known for his vocal music, with three releases on the Delos label that encompass art song, opera, an orchestral song cycle, and feature Los Angeles singers. The double-CD Home Is a Harbor was released this spring; it includes the three-act opera of the same name and the song cycle The Palm Trees Are Restless. Gramophone has called Harbor “an affecting experience,” while Opera Lively praised Palm Trees as “very beautiful, with convincing, well-phrased vocal lines that are quite melodious and compelling.”

David Del Tredici has long been a major figure among American composers, known most widely for his massive Lewis Carroll-based work Final Alice. The most idiosyncratic of Neo-Romantics, Del Tredici’s music is intense and unpredictable. He has written numerous works on commission from such ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and in 1996 launched a spate of song-cycle writing that continues to this day. In recent years, Del Tredici has turned to chamber music with the goal of creating “a body of compositions that unambiguously celebrate the gay experience — happy, sad, horrible, or bizarre.”

You can watch a video sampler of the cycle here: Mark Abel: The Palm Trees Are Restless

For more information regarding this event, please email

Red Hen Press moves to Ingram Publisher Services!

July 30th, 2016 by

We are pleased to announce that effective August 27, 2016, Red Hen Press will begin US and Canadian distribution through Ingram Publisher Services (IPS).

With over twenty years of excellence in literature, community engagement, and a passion for great stories, Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull have grown Red Hen Press into the largest independent nonprofit in Southern California.

Since its founding in 1994, Red Hen Press has increased its influence to an international level, working with Central Books in London and building its publication list to over 400 titles with a production rate of more than 20 books per year. In order to match our increased production output with the needs of our readers, Red Hen Press has created a hunger for more strategic, global book distribution.

Through a partnership with IPS, Red Hen Press aims to grow exponentially in its outreach to new and diverse communities of readers that love our books as much as we do.

Stay tuned for more information on Red Hen’s transition to Ingram Distribution Services, and great upcoming releases this fall 2016!

Please note that Red Hen books are now available for ordering through IPS:


Phone: (800)252-7012



For more  information, contact Alisa Trager at

Award Winner Caroline Leavitt Interviews “52 Men” Author

September 29th, 2015 by



New York Times best selling author Caroline Leavitt has interviewed Louise Wareham Leonard about her new book 52 Men.

Leavitt is most famous for her novels Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You. She is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Fiction, as well as a Goldenberg Fiction Prize. Leavitt refers to Leonard’s memoir as thrilling and deftly unearth’s the writer’s method, inspiration, and new-found obsessions.

You can find the interview on Leavitt’s blog, CarolineLeavittville.

You can read excerpts from Leonard’s novel on The RumpusFiction Advocate, and Tinhouse.












Ellen Meeropol featured on The Laura Flanders Show!

September 23rd, 2015 by

Ellen Meeropol and her daughter, Rachel Meeropol discuss art and activism on The Laura Flanders Show!

L.A River Poetry Reading Kid Crafts

April 24th, 2015 by

Join us for an afternoon of poetry and crafts! Kids can enjoy a refreshing drink of water, and afterwards learn how to turn their water bottles into musical instruments, hanging gardens and bracelets. A day to experience art in many forms!

LA River Poetry

Red Hen at AWP!

April 7th, 2015 by




This week is the AWP Conference & Bookfair! Red Hen will be there with books aplenty, and our authors will be there too, signing their books at our booths and participating in panels.

Click here for the full schedule of authors signing at Red Hen’s booths. 

Click here for the full schedule of Red Hen Author panels.


Hope to see you there!

Poetry in Performance!

February 16th, 2015 by



We are thrilled to partner up with About Productions as they revive their innovative production of ‘Properties of Silence’ (Feb.28th- March 29) at the The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Each evening will offer up a blend of poetry readings, performance events, panels, and discussions in tribute to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the first feminist writer. Red Hen Press will be there on opening night with Eloise Klein Healy, Jessica Piazza and Terry Wolverton


Eloise Klein Healy
 Eloise Klein Healy is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings (Red Hen Press, 2013). She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. In December 2012, she was appointed the first Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.


Jessica Piazza
Jessica Piazza is the author of two full-length poetry collections from Red Hen Press: Interrobang–winner of the AROHO 2011 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize and the 2013 Balcones Poetry Prize – and Obliterations (with Heather Aimee O’Neill, forthcoming), as well as the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press.) She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is currently a contributing editor for The Offending Adam and a screener for the National Poetry Series. She is the co-founder of Bat City Review in Austin, TX and Gold Line Press in Los Angeles, and she teaches for the Writing Program at USC and the online MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In 2015 she started the “Poetry Has Value” project, hoping to spark conversations about poetry and worth. Learn more at and


Terry Wolverton is author of nine books: Embers, a novel-in-poems; Insurgent Muse: life and art at the Woman’s Building, a memoir; Stealing Angel, The Labrys Reunion and Bailey’s Beads, novels; Breath, a collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry: Black Slip, Mystery Bruise and Shadow and Praise. She has also edited fourteen literary anthologies, including the award winning six-volume series, His: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Men and Hers: Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbians.  She spent 13 years at the Woman’s Building as an artist, student, teacher and administrator, eventually serving as Executive Director.  She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing center in Los Angeles, where she teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  She is also an Associate Faculty Mentor in the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.


On March 12th: Nicelle Davis, Amy Uyematsu and Laurel Ann Bogen.


Nicelle-Davis-200x300Nicelle Davis is a California poet who walks the desert with her son, J.J., in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her latest collection of poems, In the Circus of You is available from Rose Metal Press. The author of two prior collections of poetry, Becoming Judas is available from Red Hen Press. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. The Walled Wife is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2017. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, and others. She is editor at large of The Los Angeles Review and has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, MHA, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. Recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship, she is honored to work as a consultant for this important feminist organization. She currently teaches at Paraclete and with the Red Hen Press WITS program.


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Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her forthcoming title is The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press, 2015). Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader.


Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies and Rag Tag We KissAll of the Above: New and Selected Poems 1975-2015 is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016.  Since 1990, she has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award. Well-known for her lively readings, Bogen has read her work at Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority, MOCA, LACE and a host of other venues.  She is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize, two awards from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has been translated into french, german, italian, and spanish literary magazines as well as appearing in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies, including California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present; The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Stand-Up Poetry, The Maverick Poets, The Jacaranda Review; Miramar; and Upstreet.


On March 20th: Gail Wronsky and Alicia Partnoy.


Gail Wronsky, Poet
Gail Wronsky was born in Harrisburg PA.  She went to high school outside Detroit MI, then to Kalamazoo College, transferred to the University of Virginia, graduating with a BA in English.  She finished an MFA in creative writing at UVA, where, along with Richard Katrovas, she was one of the first Henry Hoyns fellows; taught for a year at Foxcroft School in  Virginia; then moved to Salt Lake City and completed a PhD in English and American literature at the University of Utah, receiving high honors.  She is the author of five volumes of poetry, a translated book of poetry by Argentinean poet Alicia Partnoy, one novel, one book of experimental verse coauthored with Molly Bendall, two books of cowgirl poetry coauthored with Molly Bendall, and is the writer of the introduction to renowned Chicano artist Gronk’s first book of drawings, A Giant Claw.  She is a founding member of the Sally Hemings Society at UVA, and of the Glass Table Collective, an artists collective in Los Angeles.  She is the recipient of an Artists Fellowship from the State of California, has been nominated for Poet Laureate of the State of California, and publishes poems and essays widely in journals and e-zines.  She has been a Resident Playwright at Sundance Institute.  Her plays have been produced in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Wasington DC, Los Angeles, and the U.K.  She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, and teaches creative writing and women’s writing at Loyola Marymount University.


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Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans ‘disappeared’. She is the author of The Little School, Tales of Disappearance and Survival and of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito, and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. Partnoy edited You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and from 2003 to 2006, she was the co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies:the journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Partnoy is an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University. She presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities.


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Vote for Andrea Scarpino for Poet Laureate of Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

December 4th, 2014 by
Our very own Andrea Scarpino has been nominated for the position of Upper Peninsula of Michigan Poet Laureate! It’s a two-year position nominated by the public and voted upon by the public, and she received enough nominations to be on the final list! We’re so excited for Andrea, and hope that she wins – and you can help her by voting here.
Congrats to Andrea, and good luck! Our fingers are crossed for you.