PASADENA, CA – Red Hen Press will celebrate its 24th annual benefit at the Castle Green in Pasadena on October 28th with a champagne luncheon. The afternoon festivities will highlight Red Hen’s vibrant tradition in the literary community with performances from local school children, a silent auction, and readings by acclaimed authors Ann Hood, Jonathan Lethem, and Marilyn Nelson!

Silent Auction begins at 11:00 AM

Thank you to our Media Sponsors!
Official Online Media Sponsors: Pasadena Now, Los Angeles Review of Books

Gold Tables Hosted By:


Ann Hood, winner of two Pushcart Prize and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction; author of The Book That Matters Most and Comfort: a Journey Through Grief, among others

Jonathan Lethem, winner of the National Book Critic's Circle Award, the World Fantasy Award, and a Macarthur Fellowship; author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, among others


Marilyn Nelson, recipient of the Frost Medal and former poet laureate of Connecticut; author of A Wreath for Emmett Till and Carver: A Life in Poems, among others

Kate Gail, managing editor of Red Hen Press, editor of the Los Angeles Review, and president of the American Composers Forum, LA, former president of PEN USA, author of Mating Season and Lake of Fire

Silver Tables Hosted By:


Carina Chocano, winner of the National Books Critics Circle Award for Criticism

Luis Rodriguez, 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate

Judy Grahn, author of Hanging On Our Own Bones (Red Hen Press, 2017)

Joe Ide, Macavity Award winner

Rachel Ignotofsky, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator

Afaa Weaver, Pushcart Prize winner

Eloise Klein Healy, author of A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings (Red Hen Press, 2013), former poet laureate of Los Angeles


Rachel Howzell Hall, creator of one of The Guardian's "Top Female Detectives"

Brendan Constantine, author of Dementia My Darling (Red Hen Press, 2016)

Alice Quinn, writer and Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America