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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.



Member, Wisconsin Writers Association
Member, Council for Wisconsin Writers
Lifetime Member, Broom Street Theater


Plans are underway for at least two, and possibly three, speaking engagements to happen before the end of August.

Callen attended a VIP event in Milwaukee on Saturday, April 13 for The Milwaukee Anthology authors and guests. It was released on April 8. His piece on the Grohmann Museum was published in it.

Callen's piece in The Milwaukee Anthology was featured in Belt Magazine, the publisher's online magazine. You can read it here: The Art of Labor: A Tour of Milwaukee's Conflicted Grohmann Museum.

Callen and other Proud Theater mentors were interviewed by Korean public television on Saturday, April 13 for an upcoming program on LGBT youth that focuses in part on one of the group's former members and the work his mother has done since his death. It will be their first-ever documentary on LGBT issues..

Callen's newest book is The Stronger Pull, a memoir on his coming out years in the late 1970s in small-town Wisconsin.

To order The Stronger Pull follow this link: The Stronger Pull

Callen's play, Invisible Boy, is 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:

The Milwaukee Anthology, edited by Justin Kern. 2019. (Essay)
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 over 300 posts on a variety of subjects, most recently a piece on Donald Trump's racism and a look at the Democratic primary season.
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 , Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story, and The Stronger Pull free of charge.
You can also support local businesses by ordering all four 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 2006-19, Callen Harty. For further information, please contact charty@tds.net.

Site last updated 4/29/19