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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.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

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

Reviews




It’s 1923 and 19-year-old Dara falls in love with her best friend, who happens to be a girl. To avoid a bleak, terrifying future in their small town, Dara takes a job in the kitchen at Imperial State Prison Farm for men. There she meets real-life blues singer Lead Belly, who sings his way to a pardon from the Governor—but only after he makes her promise to follow his lead. Life outside, however, isn’t all sweet tea and roses. After Dara’s ordinary domestic life falls apart and she gains so much weight she can barely wash herself, she is sent on a journey to accept the secret she’s been carrying. Along the way Dara reunites with her estranged step-daughters, buys a mobile home that she dubs the “Bland Old Opry,” and—to the chagrin of some in her small Texas town—falls in love with the local seamstress, a fellow widower and devotee of Bingo, Mrs. Tanya May Rogerton. Dara must break out of her own physical and emotional prison to become the fabulous matriarch to a family of Texas misfits.

Andy Davis from Eco-fiction recently interviewed Cai Emmons author of Weather Woman. Davis asks Emmons about her inspirations and knowledge needed to write about the character in the story. Davis also asks about Emmon's writing process; you can read about that and the rest of the interview here.

Weather Woman is best read as a story about a twenty-something who can’t make lemonade out of life’s lemons. Life is often a journey from crisis to crisis, and our attempts to smooth out the rough edges often fail. Bronwyn struggles with the mercurial nature of life, and even with her amazing power, she never really takes the reins. - JG Follansbee

"...Jesiolowski has crafted a book of movement and landscape, in which individuals quietly but significantly consider what it is to move and transform from place to place"

<p>Oakland Public Library has complied 10 ficiton books that everyone should read this October!</p>

Peggy Shumaker was the Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012 and the founding editor of Boreal Books, publishers of fine art and literature from Alaska. Cairn, her recently published collection, evokes life in Alaska but frequently U-turns to the Tucson, Arizona of her childhood, making the 400 pages of Cairn a rich and diverse reading experience.

Gabriel Jesiolowski articulates the vacancy within the story of grief in As Burning Leaves, a book-length poem in forty-seven segments.

The lit Pub did a review on Dean Kostos's Poetry style from his various poetry books. It can be argued that all poetry is a negotiation between two worlds. An interior, private jumble of imagery and sound, a chaotic montage, must find the proper words to convey meaning to the world. For a poet who has suffered from severe mental trauma, the task of creating balance and harmony in language becomes even more crucial. -Sharon Olinka

Allison Joseph's, Confessions of Barefaced Woman was reviewed by Robert Sheldon from MockingHeart Review.

<p><i>Bigfoots in Paradise</i>, by Doug Lawson, was reviewed by <em>Booklist Online</em>. Booklist Online reviews more that 180,000 books by trusted experts at the American Library Association.</p>

<p><i>The Perpetual Motion Machine</i> was reviewed by Kirkus Reviews. The book is a memoir that tells the story of Brittany Ackerma, the author, and how she would gradually find her way back to a fragile sobriety. The story told in simple language has eloquet silences and chronological ruptures that symbolize the fractured nature of her life and that of her brother. They called it a breif but poinant memoir. Kirkus Reviews is an American book review magazine founded in 1933.</p>

<p>David Mason must feel amazing that American Life in Poetry has choosen his poem <i>The Mud Room</i>. It brings us joy that he was mentioned! Check it out <a href="https://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/columns/current">here</a></p>

<p>The Audio Saucepan has recenlty included poems by Mark Wagenaar from <i>Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining</i> on the epispde "The Thumped Palm Episode."</p>

The American Journal of Poetry features yet another poem by Red Hen author Dean Kostos. The journal praises Dean's past and recent publications as well as acknowledges awards won by his poetry.

The ancient masters encounter the modern world in John Barr’s inventive new poetry collection Dante in China, a book that poses a triple threat: entertaining, educational and enlightening.

TBT! In a mid-April review, Midwest Book Review recommended Anne Edelstein's memoir Lifesaving for Beginners. The recommendation reads, "It is no surprise that Lifesaving for Beginners is an deftly crafted, engagingly presented, intensely personal memoir that is a truly riveting read from beginning to end, and an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections."

In a recent review, Sarah Leamy provides a detailed summary of tammy lynee stoner's novel Sugar Land. Describing the book and stoner's characters, Leamy claims, "These characters linger and are quite unforgettable. It’s very much a Southern book in language and with Stoner’s observations that are wry and thoughtful. Sugar Land spans decades in a well-told, easy going manner and I finished the book with a satisfied smile." To read the full review, among other Red Hen titles' reviews, visit Sarah's blog.

Athens, Georgia magazine Flagpole reviewed Bradley Bazzle's recently published (and first!) novel Trash Mountain as part of a short summer reading list. "With a finely drawn young protagonist, Ben, and a gigantic dump next door to his home . . . [the mountain of trash] is the central character in this book, a multifaceted character that encompasses and compresses all the strands of modern life," reviewer Pete McCommons writes. McCommons concludes, "This is a fine, fun, highly original book. Even though its author is from around here, it’s not an Athens book in subject matter. Rather, it is universal in its reach into the human heart and in its effort to find treasure amid the trash." Read the entire review here.

In a recent review, Booklist Review's Jonathan Fullmer describes Bryan Hurt's collection Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France as "18 amusingly eccentric stories." Despite containing distinct stories with quite different settings and characters, Fullmer notes that the topic of love persists, writing that Hurt’s collection "deals with young love, misguided love, and failed attempts at expressing love." Fullmer also acknowledges Bryan's talented writing: "While heavy on fantastical elements, Hurt’s tales often strike a painfully funny chord and pinpoint striking observations about humanity’s quirky side." Read the entire review in Booklist's next issue.

In Foreword Review's September and October edition, Hannah Hohman reviews Tammy Lynne Stoner's novel Sugar Land. Summarizing the novel's main plot points, Hohman concludes that "Sugar Land is a raw, spiraling, and hopeful story about a woman who wishes that she didn’t love as she does, and the life she leads in the wake of her self-realizations." Hohman percieves that protagonist Dara's struggles with self-identity are intensified as a result of the novel's 1920s Texas setting. And yet, this is what makes the novel that much more believable and painful. Hohman writes, "Much of what occurs in the novel is difficult to swallow, in great part because the story takes place in a time when Dara’s identity is not readily accepted, even by herself. Still, it’s the novel’s realism that makes Dara’s story so gripping."

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

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