Published : Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 4:43 AM
The Partnership said Monday it was giving more than $1 million in grants to 66 literary nonprofit groups throughout the U.S., including Red Hen Press, an Oakland-based publisher, and seven other groups in California.
Amazon has been awarding the grants annually since 2009, with the money going to small publishers, writing centers, literary magazines and other nonprofit groups that focus on literature.
Red Hen Press, one of the few literary presses in the Los Angeles area, was founded in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull with the intention of keeping creative literature alive. As a literary press, Red Hen focuses on publishing poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction.
“Red Hen Press is committed to publishing work of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting 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,” the publisher’s mission statement reads.
Red Hen Press has its offices at 1540 Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena. To learn more about the publisher, visit www.redhen.org.
Other California recipients of the Amazon Literary Partnership grants include 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based group dedicated to teaching writing to children and teenagers; Jack Jones Literary Arts, a book publicity company based in Los Angeles and founded by Kima Jones; the Lambda Literary Foundation, another Los Angeles-based organization that’s dedicated to advocating for LGBTQ authors; Transit Books, an Oakland publisher; National Novel Writing Month and Small Press Distribution, both based in Berkeley; and the KCRW Foundation, based in Santa Monica.