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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.




Poets included in the new 2019 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets calendar have been invited to read their entries at a poetry reading at A Room Of One's Own bookstore in Madison on Sunday, October 21. Callen will read his poem, Mo(u)rning in America, and possibly one other.

Final revisions on The Stronger Pull are now finished. Next step is getting and reviewing the proof. Looking for a late September or October release. The book is a memoir of Callen's coming out years in Platteville, Wisconsin. There will be a book release somewhere in the Madison area. Details to be announced as they are finalized.

Finishing touches are being put on a book about Callen's great-great-grandfather and great-great-uncle, among the earliest settlers in Wisconsin. It was originally written quite a few years ago and privately printed for family members, but after speaking in the California town that his great-great-grandfather founded, he decided to update it and publish it for those interested in the story and the history. Looking to hold a book release event somewhere in Shullsburg sometime in September.

Callen had an essay accepted for an upcoming anthology. More details to be released as the publication is finalized.

Mo(u)rning in America, a poem Callen wrote the day after the last Presidential election, was published in the 2019 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets annual calendar. It is available now by following the link: Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets calendar 2019.

In June, Callen was the keynote speaker at this year's Paths to Healing conference in Madison. It is an annual conference on surviving child sex abuse, with an emphasis on male survivors. He also spoke at Secession Days in Rough and Ready, California.

An essay that Callen wrote on the suicide of his best friend was included in a new book, With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice, by Dorothy Marcic. To check it out, follow this link: With One Shot

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

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

In addition to his own books, Callen's work (both writing and photos) has been published in several other books and anthologies, including the following:
Pacific Northwest Insects, by Merrill A. Peterson. 2018. (Photo)
Celebrating Wisconsin People: 2019 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, by Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. 2018. (Poem)
With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice, by Dorothy Marcic. 2018. (Essay on his best friend's suicide and a photo)
You Can Help: A Guide for Family and Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault, by Rebecca Street. 2016. (Survivor story)
Local Ground(s): Midwest Poetics, by Sarah Busse and Cowfeather Press. 2014. (Essay on art as political resistance)
The Most Extreme Bugs, by Animal Planet. 2007 (Photo)
Wisconsin 24/7, by DK Press, part of the America 2/47 book series. 2004. (Multiple photos)
Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, 2001, by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. 2001. (Poem)

Callen's blog, A Single Bluebird, gets about 10,000 views a year. There are nearly 300 posts on a variety of subjects, most recently an open letter to Representative Paul Ryan on guns, a poem on mortality and immortality, and an essay on Donald Trump and racism.
To go to Callen's Blog, A Single Bluebird, follow this link: A Single Bluebird

Over 700 others are following Callen on his Facebook author page. To join them, click on this link: Callen Harty, Author

Follow Callen on Twitter by clicking 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.
You can also support local businesses by ordering all three of his books through your favorite bookstore.

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 2006-18, Callen Harty. For further information, please contact charty@tds.net.

Site last updated 08/13/18