Red Hen Open House & Imagination Dead Imagine

Apr 9, 2018

Red Hen Press is a small publishing house and a marvelous local gem. In late April and early May, Red Hen invites the public to two events: one a party/book launch/art show and the other a musical/theatrical exclusive engagement.


Red Hen Open House, Sunday, April 22 at 5 p.m.
It’s going to be a party! Nicelle Davis, Sebastian Matthews, Allison Joseph, Kim Dower, and Ron Koertge will all be on hand to help launch new books by Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon.

Shumaker uses words like an artist uses paint. Color, meaning, innuendo, and exclamation mingle, creating new colors, new nuances, new ways of seeing familiar objects. And her juxtapositions . . . are extraordinary.”
—Libby Martin, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner


Peggy Shumaker



Maurya Simon’s language is lush, dense, sensual, and framed by a dazzling intellect. In this her New & Selected Poems we come to see the full power of her symphonic sweep and the sheer dynamism of her compositional slant….
—Chris Abani, author of Sanctificum and Hands Washing Water

Maurya Simon’s is one of the strongest, most humane, imaginative, compassionate, and flat-out brilliant voices of her generation.
—Richard Tillinghast, Gettysburg Review contributor


Maurya Simon



Also on the book launch evening’s menu…

While sipping a beverage and enjoying an appetizer, enjoy an art show with works by Gretal Stephens, Sigrid Burton, Loran Calvin, Susan Connell, and Catherine Partige.

Location: Red Hen Press, 1540 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena 91103 – in the new event space!

Find more info at or call 1.626.356.4760.


Imagination Dead Imagine
It’s the text of Samuel Beckett with music by Michael Roth and performed by the Quartet Nouveau. Imagination Dead Imagine has an exclusive return engagement—with only 2 performances at Hen House—before the ensemble heads to Prague for its European premier in the fall.

Developed as an offshoot of the longer prose work, All Strange Away, and consistent with Beckett’s preoccupation with cylinders and closed spaces in his work of the 1960s, the text (of Imagination Dead Imagine) explores “the theme of the dying imagination yet conscious of its own activity.” Two white bodies are situated back to back inside a skull-like rotunda or vault. On the verge of extinction, the imagination of an unspecified being succeeds in imagining two bodies enclosed in a silent and motionless black and white environment subject to varying degrees of heat and cold with a brief interlude of grey.¹


Samuel Beckett, 1970. (Public domain)


Imagination Dead Imagine
Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $25, general; $20, students/seniors
Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Location: Red Hen Press, 1540 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena 91103

Find out more about Red Hen authors and publications at


Quartet Nouveau.





¹ Source:, Samuel Beckett and Ackerley & Gontarski, 273, as well as Knowlson, Damned to Fame, 531.



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