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Callen Harty. Photo taken for an article in Our Lives Magazine--Photo by Melody Harrison Hanson. Used with permission. Callen is a free-lance writer, public speaker, and activist based in Monona, Wisconsin.

Callen is the author of 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. My Queer Life is available on Amazon as either a paperback book or in a Kindle version.

Callen's second book, Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story, will be available on November 14. It is a true story of surviving childhood sex abuse. Foreword by Dr. David Lisak.

Callen has also written 23 full-length plays, a full-length adaptation, a one-act play, and about 50 monologues that have been produced. The monologues he wrote for a cemetery tour, Talking Spirits, received two awards. The first was a 1999 Award of Merit that the program received from the Wisconsin Historical Society. In 2003 the first four years of the project received an award from the American Association of State and Local History.

In addition he has had poems, articles and essays published in various places, including The James White Review, The Sweetwater Review, Out!, Scott Stamp Monthly, Our Lives Magazine, and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets' annual poetry calendar, among others. He privately printed a genealogical work on his great-great grandfather and great-great-uncle, The Townsend Brothers of Shullsburg, Wisconsin.

Callen is also an activist and public speaker on surviving child sex abuse. He has spoken before many organizations, including MaleSurvivor's 14th International Conference in Newark, New Jersey in 2014. He has other events coming up that are in the planning stages. Callen was the driving force in creating the now-annual Paths to Healing conference in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a one-day conference on surviving child sex abuse with a focus on male survivors. Planning is underway for the fourth annual event. He won Community Shares of Wisconsin's Backyard Hero award for his work on organizing the conference. He is also a member of ALL*, a committee of Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. ALL* defines itself with these words: "Recognizing and understanding the history of oppression, we are committed to anyone and everyone who has ever been, is, or will ever be affected by any form of sexual violence." Callen has written many essays and articles as a survivor. He also wrote the autobiographical play, Invisible Boy about his experiences and is set to publish his memoir, Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story in November. He is currently working on starting a peer support group for male survivors in Madison.

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

At a reading at Milwaukee PrideFest. Photo by Brian Wild.

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