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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.

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Thank you for joining Red Hen Press as we celebrated our 24th anniversary!


The reception ran from 11 am – 2:30 pm on October, 28, 2018, at the beautiful Castle Green in Pasadena. The afternoon’s festivities  highlighted 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 author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and most recently The Book That Matters Most. She has also published three memoirs, including Comfort: A Journey Through Grief which was named one of the top ten non fiction books of 2008. The winner of two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Travel Writing and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and two Pushcart Prizes, her memoir Kitchen Yarns will be published in December.  




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 Critics 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 included:

  • Carina Chocano, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
  • B.H. Fairchild, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry
  • Brendan Constantine, poet and performer
  • Judy Grahn, American Book Award winner
  • Rachel Howzell Hall, creator of Elouise Norton, one of the Guardian‘s “Top 10 Female Detectives”
  • Eloise Klein Healy, inaugural poet laureate of Los Angeles
  • Joe Ide, winner of the Macavity Award for Mystery Writers
  • Rachel IgnotofskyNew York Times bestselling author and illustrator
  • Sandra Tsing Loh, named by Variety as one of America’s 50 most influential comedians
  • Tom Lutz, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Alice Quinn, writer and Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America
  • Luis Rodriguez, poet laureate of Los Angeles (2014-2016)
  • Laurie Winer, journalist and co-founder of the Los Angeles Review of Books

Learn more about our featured authors here!


Table Packages and Tickets

Gold Table Benefits – $5,000

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

Silver Table Benefits – $2,500

  • 8 VIP seats with a featured author: Carina Chocano [SOLD], B.H. Fairchild [SOLD], Brendan Constantine [SOLD], Judy Grahn, Rachel Howzell Hall [SOLD], Eloise Klein Healy [SOLD], Joe Ide, Rachel Ignotofsky, Sandra Tsing Loh [SOLD], Tom Lutz with Laurie Winer, Alice Quinn [SOLD], Luis Rodriguez
  • 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! The auction is flash sale is now running! Click here to view!

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.

Otherwise, please call (626) 356-4760 or email benefit@redhen.org to request additional information.


Thank you to our Official Book Sponsor!
Flintridge Bookstore


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