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Mission Statement

Our purpose is first to create and promote good writing. We wish to create a place in the world for good writers, whose work is ignored by the conglomerate publishers, but whose voices deserve to be heard, particularly writers whose work has been marginalized. We seek a diversity of voices that speak to what it means to be human and speak it well. We will endeavor toward the promotion of cultural literacy in the community. We will share books; readings, poetry, literature and ideas. Our goal is to allow good work to swim to the surface and then to share that work so that literature can create a common language space for global, community and individual transformation.


Red Hen Press was founded in 1994 by Mark E. Cull and Kate Gale. We are a nonprofit literary press which focuses on publishing poetry and literary fiction as well as memoirs. We are dedicated to advancing the arts by means of helping to support quality writing that is being ignored or overlooked by large or commercial publishers. We were established to help keep creative and stimulating literature alive. We help educate our community by donating books to schools and other institutions.

Red Hen Press is a literary organization with five branches. Everything we do moves us toward bringing great literature into the world and supporting the literary community in which we live. Our Poetry in the Schools program provides arts education in the form of poetry workshops and books to underprivileged Los Angeles School children. The Ruskin Art Club Poetry series provides a literary venue for Red Hen authors and other authors from around the country to bring new work to Los Angeles. The press publishes 16-20 high quality innovative titles a year in poetry, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, counter culture and education. The Los Angeles Review publishes both new writers and writers with national reputations giving Los Angeles a much needed literary magazine of weight. We have an award series offering awards of between $1000 and $5000 for short fiction, poetry, a poetry collection and an environmental book. We are dedicated to making a difference in the literary community and in establishing Los Angeles' place in the United States as a literary center.

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