Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Red Hen Press, Inc.

Pasadena, CA

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.

Ruling Year

2000

Publisher

Mr. Mark E. Cull

Managing Editor

Dr. Kate Gale

Main Address

P.O. Box 40820

Pasadena, CA 91114 USA

Keywords

books, poetry, literature, publishing, literacy, hen, gale

EIN

95-4754598

 Number

3420878134

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

In 1994, Dr. Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull sold nearly all they owned so that they could begin publishing talented writers whose works had been overlooked by large-scale publishers. Over the past twenty-four years, Red Hen Press has transformed into a thriving organization that supports the Greater Los Angeles Area and international communities with arts-based events and literary advocacy. The press continues to seek to uplift overlooked writers, support diversity in publishing, and to supplement inadequate arts funding in our local community by providing outreach programs and events.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Publishing

Writing in the Schools

Literary Readings

Los Angeles Review

Literary Awards

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Twenty-four years ago, Dr. Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull founded Red Hen Press because they wanted to create a place for literature that could not find a home in New York publishing houses. They believed that Los Angeles could be a literary city, “Paris by the Pacific,” a home for literature, diversity, and creation in an ecosystem of artistic intellectual activity. Today, Los Angeles is home to many writing programs, presses, bookstores, and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, with Red Hen at the forefront of this thriving literary community. To date, Red Hen Press has published 438 books from 294 authors of many genders, ethnicities, sexualities, religions, and abilities, although we believe our work is never done. Our mission is to discover works of literary excellence , support diversity, and promote literacy in our local schools.

The press fulfills its mission through five annual programs: publishing an average of 25 books of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry; hosting nearly 30 free or low-cost literary events; awarding 10 prizes to emerging authors; publishing the online literary journal the Los Angeles Review; and providing free books and poetry workshops for approximately 25- youth at low-income schools in Los Angeles.

Red Hen has grown to be Southern California's largest nonprofit literary publisher, which allows us to publish and promote a wide array of authors. Each year, we deepen our relationships with the local community, and our hardworking team of staff and interns work diligently to achieve our goals.

We track our progress in a variety of ways. For example, Red Hen keeps track of how many submissions it receives for each award. We also keep track of our media coverage for published titles. For our outreach work, like Writing in the Schools (WITS), we have all participating students, teachers, and administrators fill our pre- and post- program surveys to measure the program's success and areas for growth.

Over the past twenty-four years, Red Hen Press has transformed into a thriving organization that supports the Greater Los Angeles Area and international communities with arts-based events and literary advocacy. Through increased funding and support, the press has been fortunate enough to consistently expand our family. These additions have helped streamline the book production process and have increased attendance at Red Hen’s events from an average of 75% to 90% capacity per reading. Red Hen’s books are distributed nationally by Ingram Publisher Services LLP (IPS) and may be purchased in bookstores throughout the U.S. Our authors’ works and experiences vary widely in terms of race, nationality, gender, age, sexuality, and ethnicity and we believe our readership mirrors this diversity. Our WITS program has served over 5,000 students in the third through twelfth grades, at no cost to the eighteen different participating institutions.

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Financials

Red Hen Press, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Armenian

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We use other methods to support diversity