Red Hen Press to Receive $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Pasadena, CA – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA's first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Red Hen Press to support the publication and promotion of one book of poetry and one book of fiction. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Red Hen Press, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.

Red Hen Press will use NEA funding to support the publication of one work of fiction, Cake Time by Seil Ju, and one collection of poetry, Testify by Douglas Manuel. Red Hen Press will edit, design, and market these works by emerging authors from its Pasadena office. This project will serve a diverse population of audiences across a wide community of readers through social media platforms, galley mailings, and reading series that showcase the literary arts through multiple public and private venues.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit