Red Hen Press

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Red Hen Press
Red Hen Press Logo 2015.png
FounderKate Gale and Mark E. Cull
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationPasadena, California
DistributionIngram Publisher Services[1]
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresliterary fiction and poetry
ImprintsArktoi Books and Boreal Books

Red Hen Press is an American non-profit press specializing in the publication of poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Founded in 1994, Red Hen is now located in Pasadena, California.

There are two imprints of Red Hen Press, Arktoi Books and Boreal Books.


Red Hen Press was founded by Mark E. Cull and Kate Gale in 1994. It began as a collective, and now publishes a number of notable authors.

The press was reorganized as a non-profit 501(c)3, getting its federal exemption in 2004. Red Hen Press established a Writing in the Schools program in 2003, which has received funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Rose Hills Foundation, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Macy's Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation. Its reading series at the Ruskin Art Club, Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Annenberg Beach House, and the Geffen Playhouse has hosted such writers as Anne Carson, B.H. Fairchild, Billy Collins, Carolyn See, C.D. Wright, Chris Abani, Li-Young Lee, Nikky Finney, T.C. Boyle, Terrance Hayes, and Yusef Komunyakaa.


Arktoi Books was established in 2006 by Eloise Klein Healy and publishes literary fiction and poetry by lesbian writers. Its mission is to give lesbian writers more access to “the conversation” that having a book in print affords. Arktoi publishes at least one book every year, by new and established authors. Arktoi titles include: Interpretive Work by Elizabeth Bradfield, The Heart's Traffic by Ching-In Chen, Cut Away by Catherine Kirkwood, and The Alphabet Conspiracy by Rita Mae Reese.

Boreal Books was established in 2008, focuses on fine literature and fine art from Alaska, and is edited by the State Laureate Writer of Alaska, Peggy Shumaker. Boreal titles include: Leaving Resurrection by Eva Saulitis, Double Moon: Constructions and Conversations by Margo Klass and Frank Soos, and A Measure's Hush by Anne Coray.

Notable authors[edit]

Notable writers and poets published by Red Hen include:


Chris Abani, Tony Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, John Barr, Ron Carlson, Katharine Coles, Camille Dungy, Percival Everett, Annie Finch, Judy Grahn, Eloise Klein Healy, Ernest Hilbert, Cynthia Hogue, Doug Kearney, Ron Koertge, Susan McCabe, David Mason, Sebastian Matthews, Irene McKinney, Deena Metzger. Robert Peters, Rainer Maria Rilke (translation), Rob Roberge, Benjamin Saltman, Peggy Shumaker, Maurya Simon, Jim Tilley, William Trowbridge, Charles Harper Webb


Summer Brenner, Brian Doyle, Janice Eidus, Andrew Lam, David Maine, Ellen Meeropol, Daniel Olivas, Cecile Rossant, Greg Sanders, Antje Ravic Strubel, Marcos M. Villatoro

Non-Fiction & Memoir

Blase Bonpane, Paul Cummins, Jack Foley, Sam Hamill, Tom Hayden

Advisory board[edit]

The advisory board for Red Hen Press contains many notable names: Sherman Alexie, Janet Fitch, Carolyn L. Forché, Judy Grahn, Michael S. Harper, Garrett Hongo, Lawson Fusao Inada, X. J. Kennedy, Galway Kinnell, Gina Knox, Yusef Komunyakaa, Beverly Lafontaine, Li-Young Lee, Robert Peters, Ishmael Reed, Amy Tan, Helena María Viramontes, Karen Tei Yamashita, and Ray A. Young Bear.


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