Red Hen Roosts in Pasadena

May 4, 2010

L to R: Sam Eisenstein, Kate Gale and William Goldstein

On Saturday we stopped by the open house to celebrate the arrival in Pasadena of Red Hen Press, Southern California’s premier publisher of poetry and indie literary fiction. Like us, many of you may know the building on El Molino and Union as “Dr. Jeannie’s,” because it was home to one of Pasadena’s best pediatric dentists for the last couple of decades, but she’s moved a couple of miles east, and Red Hen scored this adorable shingled cottage for the next two years, until the landlord donates it to Habitat for Humanity (it will be moved) and builds what else but condos on the site.

It’s a coup for Pasadena to be home to this important nonprofit publishing house, which is why Mayor Bill Bogaard helped bring it here, and why he attended the party. Attendees were given the latest copy of its literary quarterly, the Los Angeles Review, and it was great to experience the two-degrees-of-separation thing that happens increasingly with each passing year. We talked to Hometown Pasadena’s own William Goldstein, who’s also a marketing intern for Red Hen; met Altadena poet Linda Dove, whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Review; caught up with our neighbor Sam Eisenstein, a longtime writer and English professor at LACC whose latest novel will soon be published by Red Hen; Red Hen managing editor (and poet) Kate Gale; and old friend Kim Dower, L.A.’s leading book publicist — who knew she was also a poet, and that Red Hen is publishing her first book?!

With the superb A Noise Within theater company and the new ARC dance program moving to Pasadena, and the steady growth and improvement of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, as well as such hot galleries as South Pas’s Space and Pasadena’s Offramp — not to mention the wonderful free music at summertime’s Levitt Pavilion — things are more robust than ever in our local arts scene. Now if the Pasadena Playhouse can just return…

2 Responses for “Red Hen Roosts in Pasadena”

  1. Ann Erdman says:

    We were thrilled that a Red Hen Press-published poet, Douglas Kearney, read from one of his works during Mayor Bill Bogaard’s State of the City event in January. RHP is a welcome addition to our cultured community.

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