Imprints and Series

Red Hen Press is home to seven imprints and two publishing series which serve to support diversity and representation in literature.


Arktoi Books publishes high-quality literary fiction and poetry by lesbian writers. It was established in 2006 by editor Eloise Klein Healy. The mission of Arktoi Books is to give lesbian writers more access to “the conversation” that having a book in print affords.

• Notable titles: The GAFFERHanging On Our Own Bones

Boreal Books was established in 2008 to publish literature and fine art from Alaska. The mission of Boreal Books is to bring Alaskan writers and fine artists to wider audiences within and beyond that great but remote state. It is edited by Peggy Shumaker, the former State Writer Laureate of Alaska.

• Notable titles: Toward AntarcticaBecoming EarthUnder Nushagak BluffSteller’s Orchid

Crooked Hearts Press is an imprint of Red Hen books. Using W. H. Auden’s admonition that “You shall love your crooked neighbor / With your crooked heart,” our goal is to publish unusual, passionate, and, yes, crooked voices. Our focus is women writers over fifty-five.

• Notable titles (Due out in 2021): How to Feed a HorseGone to Earth

DJS Books was formed in 2008 by Ming Di and a group of Chinese poets who tried to independently publish cutting-edge poetry books in China. DJS Books became an imprint of Red Hen Press in 2013 and published five books in August of 2013. DJS Books promotes mutual understanding between China and the English-speaking world through poetry.

• Notable titles: Between WordsEarthly BurdensThe Empty Chair

Pighog Press is an award-winning publisher originally based in Brighton, England. After its acquisition by Red Hen Press in 2014, Pighog Press has continued to distribute through Central Books in the UK and Europe. The imprint publishes high-quality original work from a diverse range of regional and international voices, primarily from the British Isles.

• Notable titles: AdamantineA Man Against a Background of FlamesThe Last Wolf of Scotland

Acquired by Red Hen Press in 2016, Story Line Press publishes poetry with a focus on Formalism. Contemporary literary culture continually breeds new movements, but Story Line Press devotes itself to reviving and renewing the tried and true: poetry that rhymes, adheres to a form, and is in verse. Story Line Press’s publications include books of poetry, both long and short, as well as criticism and analysis of Formalist movements and the people who drive them.

• Notable titles: Transatlantic ConnectionsRebel Angels

Xeno Books publishes quirky, well-crafted titles that don’t fall within the boundaries of Red Hen’s regular literary program.

• Notable titles: We Need to Talk: A Memoir About WealthThe Adventures of Captain Pump: The World’s First Fitness SuperheroLetters from a Young FatherConfessions of a Headmaster

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in partnership with Red Hen Press, is pleased to support the publication of a second or third full-length book of poems by a Latino or Latina poet.

• Notable titles: Rattlesnake AllegorySpeaking Wiri WiriThe Gravedigger’s Archaeology

Edited by Red Hen’s Deputy Director, Tobi Harper, Quill publishes literary prose by a queer (LGBTQ) author once per year, chosen by rotating judges through award submissions, with a $10 entrance fee. The winning author receives $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press.

• Notable titles: Summer of the CicadasThe Falls of the WyonaFlannelwoodScissors, Paper, Stone

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