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Our Mission

The mission of Red Hen Press is to publish works of literary excellence, to foster diversity, and to promote literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

New from Fall 2021

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Sinking Islands
Cai Emmons

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Lily Hoang

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Everything Never Comes Your Way
Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

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New Moons
Edited by Kazim Ali

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I Was a Bell
M. Soledad Caballero

Ann Petry Award

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Op-Ed: A Writer (literally) loses her voice

I first notice something off about my voice on a balmy December evening at a reading in Sausalito in 2019 with several other writers. Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times

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Publisher Weekly raves Jaye Viner’s Jane of Battery Park

“With a wholly original and eerily suspenseful story, Viner has created a modern society that’s just creepy enough to be believable. Fans of Margaret Atwood will eat this up.” Read the full review on Publishers Weekly

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On a Non-Native English Speaker’s Creative Journey to Authenticity

Dariel Suarez Considers Language is a Vehicle for Culture.

As an undergraduate creative writing student, one piece of feedback kept appearing on the margin of my stories: awkward phrasing. Read the full story on LitHub

Why You Should Support Independent Literature

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If you’re like me, you love to read. And reading is something that we do by ourselves. And writing, a lot of times, is also something that we do by ourselves. But, publishing is not something that we do by ourselves. I cannot tell you how much work went into creating [Primary Source and Hold Me Tight] and how many people, ideas, visions, and hands were involved. . . . If you want independent literature to exist, it is so important to support the community that makes it happen. 

Jason Schneiderman, author of Primary Source and Hold Me Tight

Featured Authors

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Editor for The Red Hen Anthology of Contemporary Indian Writing

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Editor for the New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslim

John Weir by Beowulf Sheehan

AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction Winner, author of Your Nostalgia is Killing Me

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Quill Prose Prize winner and author of Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love

Author of Glorious Boy