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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Join Red Hen Press as we celebrate our 24th anniversary!


Reception begins at 11 a.m. on October 28, 2018, at the Castle Green 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: 


Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.




Jonathan Lethem
is the author of ten novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Girl In Landscape. His fifth, Motherless Brooklyn, won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. His eleventh, The Feral Detective, will be published in November. He is also the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, The Berlin Prize, and a Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. He lives in Claremont, where he teaches creative writing at Pomona College, and in Maine.



Marilyn Nelson
is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books, including Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.


Other Featured Authors Include:

  • Carina Chocano, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
  • Brendan Constantine, poet and performer
  • Judy Grahn, American Book Award winner
  • Rachel Howzell Hall, creator of one of the Guardian‘s “Top 10 Female Detectives”
  • Eloise Klein Healy, former poet laureate of Los Angeles
  • Joe Ide, winner of the Macavity Award for Mystery Writers
  • Rachel IgnotofskyNew York Times bestselling author and illustrator
  • Alice Quinn, writer and Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America
  • Luis Rodriguez, former poet laureate of Los Angeles
  • Afaa Weaver, Pushcart Prize winner

Click here to reserve your table or individual ticket today!


Table Packages and Tickets

Gold Table Benefits – $5,000

  • 8 VIP seats with one of our three featured readers: Ann Hood, Jonathan Lethem, Marilyn Nelson [SOLD]
  • 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 authors
  • Full page ad in the event’s tribute book

Silver Table Benefits – $2,500

  • 8 VIP seats with a featured author: Carina Chocano, Brendan Constantine [SOLD], Judy Grahn, Rachel Howzell Hall [SOLD], Eloise Klein Healy, Joe Ide, Rachel Ignotofsky, Alice Quinn [SOLD], Luis Rodriguez, Afaa Weaver
  • 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 – $1,500

  • 10 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

Individual Tickets – $175

Silent Auction:

Red Hen Press’s 24th 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!

About the Press:

Red Hen Press has published over 400 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 Review: An 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:

To purchase tickets and tables, or to make a donation, click here.

Please contact us at (626) 356-4760 or benefit@redhen.org to request additional information.


Thank you to our Media Sponsors!
Official Online Media Sponsors: Pasadena Now, Los Angeles Review of Books