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


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

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Member, Wisconsin Writers Association
Member, Council for Wisconsin Writers
Member, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
Lifetime Member, Broom Street Theater

LATEST NEWS:

Callen's first book of poetry, Compendium, was just released and is now available at Amazon (also as an e-book) or through your favorite bookstore.

Callen unexpectedly ended up in the hospital for over a month after the discovery of colon cancer. He is home now and comfortable with no signs that it spread anywhere else in the body. His presentation for Women and Children's Horizon of Kenosha was cancelled because of it. He did manage to write a couple blog posts early during his stay, before the operation and subsequent complications. He is back home and back to working on some writing.

Callen's book, Breathe Passion: Remembering the Wisconsin Uprising, was released in March and is available at blurb.com. It is a collection of photographs and essays from the Wisconsin Uprising of 2011.

Callen recently read his poems, "I Grasp" and "Cliff Walk, Ardmore," at an online reading for the new anthology, Sheltering with Poems: Community and Connection During Covid.

One of Callen's poems, "I grasp," is included in the anthology, Sheltering with Poems: Community & Connection During Covid. It is a collection of poems "reflecting our lived experiences during this time of social distancing." The anthology is a joint project of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Bent Paddle Press. It is available now.

Callen's poem, "Winter haiku," is included in the 2021 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, which is now available for ordering.

Callen's play, A Wake. is now available on Amazon or through local bookstores.

Work continues on Callen's next two books, A Full Heart and Other Essays, a collection of essays, and a look at his recent cancer experience (untitled at this time).

Callen's newest book is his first book of poetry, Compendium, a collection of about 80 poems covering a variety of subjects and emotions.


Buy your copy of Compendium for only $8.00 ($2.50 for e-book).


Callen's first book released this year is Breathe Passion: Remembering the Wisconsin Uprising, a collection of photographs and essays on the tenth anniversary of the Wisconsin Uprising protests against Governor Scott Walker.

Buy your copy of Breathe Passion: Remembering the Wisconsin Uprising, only available on blurb.com.


Callen's play, A Wake, is about an Irish Catholic family that decides to hold an old-fashioned Irish wake for a cousin who was killed when he ran into a cow, and the insanity that ensues as a result. The play is an entertaining examination of family, religion, death, and life.

Buy your copy of A Wake on Amazon or order through your local bookstore.


Callen's family history book, The Townsend Brothers of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, is a look at his great-great-grandfather and brothers who were among the earliest settlers in southwestern Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois.

Buy your copy of The Townsend Brothers of Shullsburg, Wisconsin on Amazon or order through your local bookstore.


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

Buy your copy of The Stronger Pull on Amazon or order through your local bookstore.


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

Buy your copy of Invisible Boy on Amazon or order through your local bookstore.


"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.

Buy your copy of Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story on Amazon or order through your local bookstore.


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.

Buy your copy of My Queer Life on Amazon or order through your local bookstore.


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Callen's blog, A Single Bluebird, averages more than 10,000 views a year, with more than 22,000 views in 2020. There are well over 350 posts on a variety of subjects, most recently a piece on having to get an ostomy bag and one on the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict.. Go to Callen's Blog, A Single Bluebird

Over 750 others are following or have liked Callen's Facebook author page. Visit Callen Harty, Author

Follow Callen on Twitter @CallenHarty

On Goodreads you can follow him at Callen's Goodreads author page

If you are a Kindle Unlimited user you can read all of his books except Invisible Boy, A Wake, and Breathe Passion: Remembering the Wisconsin Uprising free of charge on Kindle.
You can also support local businesses by ordering all of his books except Breathe Passion: Remembering the Wisconsin Uprising (only available though blurb.com) 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.



At a reading at Second Chance Coffee in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Click on the photo above to go to Callen's other work page for essays, articles, poems, photos, and other published work.


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

To view/purchase some of Callen's photography, check out his page on FineArtAmerica. Sell Art Online


All material on this and other web pages within this website are copyright 2006-21, Callen Harty. For further information, please contact charty@tds.net.

Site last updated 5/26/21