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Callen Harty is a writer, public speaker, and activist based in Monona, Wisconsin.


Callen Harty. Photo taken for an article in Our Lives Magazine--Photo by Melody Harrison Hanson. Used with permission.

Latest News:

Callen has two photos in an exhibit at the Ballweg Gallery at the Goodman Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The show went up at the beginning of September and will be there for the month.

Callen's play, Debs in Prison, is being considered for production by one of the theater groups in Madison for their next season.

A media page was added to this site, featuring interviews and articles on Callen and his work. Follow the link at the bottom of the page to check it out.

Callen is working on a speaking engagement for the fall. More information will be announced as details are finalized.

Finally, revisions on his first novel, A Golden Secret, are now complete, with an anticipated release sometime in the fall.


Callen's newest book is Invisible Boy, an autobiographical play on surviving child sex abuse, finding oneself, and finding forgiveness.

To order Invisible Boy follow this link: Invisible Boy

"Written simply and with shattering honesty, Empty Playground is a compelling read, and surprisingly uplifting."--Bill Lueders, The Isthmus, Jan. 21, 2016

Callen's second book is Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story. It is a true story of surviving childhood sex abuse in a small town in southwestern Wisconsin. Foreword by Dr. David Lisak.

To order Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story follow this link: Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story


Callen's first book is My Queer Life, a collection of essays, poems, scenes from plays, speeches, and other writings detailing more than thirty years as a queer community activist.

To order My Queer Life follow this link: My Queer Life


Callen's blog, A Single Bluebird, gets about 10,000 views a year. There are more than 250 posts on a variety of subjects, most recently a piece on statues, flags, and heritage.
To go to Callen's Blog, A Single Bluebird, follow this link: A Single Bluebird

Follow Callen on his Facebook author page by following this link: Callen Harty, Author

Follow Callen on Twitter by following this link: @CallenHarty

On Goodreads you can follow him here: Callen's Goodreads author page

If you are a Kindle Unlimited user you can read My Queer Life and Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story free of charge.
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At a reading at Milwaukee PrideFest. Photo by Brian Wild.

Click on the photo above to go to Callen's biography page.



Holding a copy of the play Invisible Boy.

Click on the photo above to go to Callen's media page for articles and interviews.


For book readings/signings, speaking engagements, or for any other reason Callen may be contacted at the e-mail below.


All material on this and other web pages within this website are copyright 2006-17, Callen Harty. For further information, please contact charty@tds.net.

Site last updated 9/7/17