The Feminist Press at CUNY

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OUR MISSION The Feminist Press is an educational nonprofit organization founded to advance women's rights and amplify feminist perspectives. FP publishes classic and new writing from around the world, creates cutting-edge programs, and elevates silenced and marginalized voices in order to support personal transformation and social justice for all people. OUR HISTORY Founded in 1970, we began as a crucial publishing component of second wave feminism, reprinting feminist classics by writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and providing much-needed texts for the developing field of women’s studies with books by Barbara Ehrenreich and Grace Paley. We publish feminist literature from around the world, by best-selling authors such as Shahrnush Parsipur, Ruth Kluger, and Ama Ata Aidoo; and North American writers of diverse race and class experience, such as Paule Marshall and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto. We have become the vanguard for books on contemporary feminist issues of equality and gender identity, with authors as various as Anita Hill, Justin Vivian Bond, and Ann Jones.

"Here is the single most practical thing I ever learned from M.F.K. Fisher: seduction is not the art of showing someone ...
07/03/2019

"Here is the single most practical thing I ever learned from M.F.K. Fisher: seduction is not the art of showing someone that you want them."— On the 111th anniversary of Fisher's birth, we revisit Hanne Blank's fabulous essay in ICON http://ow.ly/cIbU30kEDni

07/02/2019
How Drag Queens Are Bringing LGBTQ+ Pride To The Deep South — With Books

"If I'm pushing any agenda, it's an agenda for inclusivity, diversity, acceptance of all people and a love of reading."—Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker on how Drag Queen Story Hour is bringing LGBTQ+ pride to the deep south—despite the protests

On a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon in February, dozens of families and children stood in line amid a sea of rainbow flags and conflicting signs that read, "Choose Books Not Bigotry" and "Stop Brainwashing Our Generation." They were waiting to attend…

Same same SAMEEEE!
06/28/2019
Why I Can't Stop Recommending This Book To Strangers In Bookstores

Same same SAMEEEE!

Bustle's I'm So Jealous series is dedicated to the books, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and more that super fans are so jealous someone else gets to experience for the first time. In this installment, Andrea Williams writes about T Kira Madden's…

Want to join the FP team? We're seeking a part-time executive/program assistant who is passionate and knowledgeable abou...
06/26/2019

Want to join the FP team? We're seeking a part-time executive/program assistant who is passionate and knowledgeable about feminist, mission-driven publishing. Join us! http://bit.ly/2LLB4wM

We had a blast celebrating the 2nd annual Jazz for Gender Justice fundraiser at Lower Eastside Girls Club! Thanks to Ran...
06/25/2019

We had a blast celebrating the 2nd annual Jazz for Gender Justice fundraiser at Lower Eastside Girls Club! Thanks to Rana Farhan, Candice Hoyes, Sarah Manning, Jessica Ackerley, and Rachel Z.

Photos: Sarah Marie Mayo

We had a blast celebrating the 2nd annual Jazz for Gender Justice fundraiser at Lower Eastside Girls Club! Thanks to Rana Farhan, Candice Hoyes, Sarah Manning, Jessica Ackerley, and Rachel Z.

Photos: Sarah Marie Mayo

Did someone say free?
06/25/2019
11 Fantasy Short Stories You Can Read For Free Right Now

Did someone say free?

When we think "fantasy," we usually think big: enormous castles besieged by large dragons, sweeping, multi-generational epics about kingdoms and queendoms, and hefty, hardcover book series that seem to go on forever. Fantasy fiction tends to work…

06/22/2019

"I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things."— Happy Birthday to Octavia E. Butler (📷: Patti Perret)

We are currently looking for dynamic, talented, and hardworking interns! Want to learn more about creating books that pr...
06/20/2019

We are currently looking for dynamic, talented, and hardworking interns! Want to learn more about creating books that promote freedom of expression and social justice? Apply now! Deadline is 7/1 http://bit.ly/2x2aDco

"NATIVE COUNTRY OF THE HEART tells me that it’s okay to illustrate the ways our lives are inextricably tied to those o...
06/19/2019
Cherríe Moraga Honors Her Foremothers in “Native Country of the Heart”

"NATIVE COUNTRY OF THE HEART tells me that it’s okay to illustrate the ways our lives are inextricably tied to those of our mothers, grandmothers, and adoptive mothers. Our lives and stories can be our own—and an extension of the women who came before us."

Capturing our foremothers’ stories is one of the ways in which women of color remember themselves.

Anyone else going to try to read all 30 this summer?
06/17/2019
The 30 Most Anticipated New Books Of June 2019

Anyone else going to try to read all 30 this summer?

Two teenagers embark on a quest to uncover the supernatural roots of a series of homicides. A woman takes over her family's taxidermy business after the unexpected loss of her father. A non-magical detective tries to solve a brutal murder at a…

Have you read Nicole Dennis-Benn's PATSY yet? Let us know what you think in the comments!
06/15/2019
This Is An Essential New Novel About LGBTQIA+ Identity, Immigration, & The American Dream

Have you read Nicole Dennis-Benn's PATSY yet? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Immigration to the United States reminds Patsy of the Rapture. “People would leave ailing parents, spouses, and newborn babies if they have the opportunity to live and work in America,” she thinks, in Nicole Dennis-Benn’s new novel, Patsy. And Patsy…

“This angry feminist text is also an exemplary experiment in speculative fiction, deftly and implacably pursuing both ...
06/13/2019

“This angry feminist text is also an exemplary experiment in speculative fiction, deftly and implacably pursuing both a scientific hypothesis and an ideological hypothesis through all their social, moral, and emotional implications.” —Ursula K. Le Guin http://bit.ly/2Y0nUho

If you want to read more poetry, here's where to start!
06/13/2019
26 New Poetry Collections By LGBTQIA+ Writers To Read This Year

If you want to read more poetry, here's where to start!

If you've ever looked at your nightstand and thought, I should read more poetry, now is the perfect time to get started on broadening your reading horizons. I've picked out 26 new LGBTQIA+ poetry collections out this year, so you can start building…

NYLON's Executive Editor Kristin Iversen shares her June book recs. What are you most excited about on the list?
06/12/2019
17 Great New Books To Read This June

NYLON's Executive Editor Kristin Iversen shares her June book recs. What are you most excited about on the list?

Summer reading season has officially started

Happy #PubDay to Kevin Allred's AIN'T I A DIVA! Featuring a foreword by Cheryl Clarke, this book explores how pop cultur...
06/11/2019

Happy #PubDay to Kevin Allred's AIN'T I A DIVA! Featuring a foreword by Cheryl Clarke, this book explores how pop culture is so much more than a guilty pleasure—it’s an access point for education, entertainment, critical inquiry & politics http://bit.ly/2WKumw3

"I found courage to challenge the sexist, racist, and homophobic views of the Mormon church because I read Alice Walker,...
06/04/2019
8 Black Feminist Principles That Taught Me About Dismantling The System

"I found courage to challenge the sexist, racist, and homophobic views of the Mormon church because I read Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, and Zora Neale Hurston; because I heard Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and ultimately the Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter."—AIN'T I A DIVA? author Kevin Allred shares the foundational Black feminist lessons and principles central to his teaching, writing, politics, and living via BUST Magazine

  I’M A WHITE GUY from a small, conservative town in Utah. I know I’m an extremely unlikely, and possibly inappropriate, messenger of Black f...

"An asset for educators interested in feminism and pop-culture pedagogy."— Kirkus Reviews on AIN'T I A DIVA?
05/31/2019
AIN'T I A DIVA? by Kevin Allred | Kirkus Reviews

"An asset for educators interested in feminism and pop-culture pedagogy."— Kirkus Reviews on AIN'T I A DIVA?

Brooklyn-based educator and speaker Allred delivers a book-length extension of a college class he designed, "Politicizing Beyoncé," including texts, references, and broader theoretical frameworks.

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?
05/30/2019
16 Highbrow Beach Reads for Your Summer Getaway

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

It’s already July, which means that by now you’ve probably gotten a million and one recommendations about which books you should bring to the beach (or lake or woods or park or air cond…

"An exacting look at the moments of joy and tragedy, of hope and desire, that can be found in the working class of Thail...
05/29/2019
Book Review: Arid Dreams - Independent Book Review

"An exacting look at the moments of joy and tragedy, of hope and desire, that can be found in the working class of Thailand"— Independent Book Review on Duanwad Pimwana's ARID DREAMS

ARID DREAMS by Duanwad Pimwana and translated by Mui Pooposakul deposits you among the triumphs and struggles of working class that is at once foreign and familiar. Check out what Joshua Ryan Bligh has to say about this short story collection from Feminist Press.

Last chance to write yourself into feminist literary history! Sponsor Zora Neale Hurston's I LOVE MYSELF WHEN I AM LAUGH...
05/28/2019

Last chance to write yourself into feminist literary history! Sponsor Zora Neale Hurston's I LOVE MYSELF WHEN I AM LAUGHING or Agnes Smedley's DAUGHTER OF EARTH for as little as $25, or give $250+ and we’ll thank you on the book’s copyright page to inspire readers for all time! It all starts here: https://tinyurl.com/y5xdlksq

05/25/2019

“No matter how happy I had been in the past I do not long for it. The present is always the moment for which I love.” —Happy Birthday to Jamaica Kincaid! (📷: Larry Hirshowitz)

Here's your chance to pay the ultimate tribute to a feminist literary legend. Sponsor our upcoming reissue of Zora Neale...
05/23/2019

Here's your chance to pay the ultimate tribute to a feminist literary legend. Sponsor our upcoming reissue of Zora Neale Hurston's anthology I LOVE MYSELF WHEN I AM LAUGHING—and if you give $250 or more, we'll thank you on the book's copyright page (that's right, you'll be IN THE BOOK)! Learn more at tinyurl.com/y5xdlksq

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05/22/2019
9 Spooky Gothic Novels You Can Finish In A Weekend

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Heads up, mystery and thriller fans: I've got a list of nine gothic novels to read, based on your favorite classic book, and trust me — you don't want to miss out. Whether you're a fan of the Romantic gothic, Victorian gothic, or Southern gothic,…

Happy #BookBirthday to ORIGINAL PLUMBING:The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture! Independently published from 2009 ...
05/21/2019

Happy #BookBirthday to ORIGINAL PLUMBING:The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture! Independently published from 2009 to 2019, ORIGINAL PLUMBING magazine grew from a Bay Area zine to a nationally acclaimed print quarterly dedicated to trans men. For nearly ten years, the magazine was the premier resource focused on their experiences, celebrations, and imaginations, featuring writing on both playful and political topics like selfies, bathrooms, and safer sex; interviews with queer icons such as Janet Mock, Silas Howard, and Ian Harvie; and visual art, photography, and short fiction.

In celebration of the magazine’s ten-year run, this essential collection compiles the best of all twenty issues. Selections are reprinted in full color, with an introduction by activist Tiq Milan and a new preface by the founding editors. Get your copy today: http://bit.ly/2ThkZlH

“Over the course of its ten-year run, ORIGINAL PLUMBING made thousands of us queer and trans people laugh, cry, and gasp out loud. This is how we talked with each other, inspired each other, and gave each other the strength to keep on living outside the box. This collection is an invaluable, unapologetic archive of a multiplicity of queer and trans experiences.” —Kate Bornstein

"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."—Lorraine Hansberry, born this day in 1930 (📷: David Attie)
05/19/2019

"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."—Lorraine Hansberry, born this day in 1930 (📷: David Attie)

DAUGHTER OF EARTH is the intersectional working-class narrative this moment needs. Sponsor our reissue of this classic n...
05/18/2019

DAUGHTER OF EARTH is the intersectional working-class narrative this moment needs. Sponsor our reissue of this classic novel with a gift of $250 or more and we'll thank you on the book's copyright page! Learn more at tinyurl.com/y5xdlksq

"The moment of change is the only poem."—Adrienne Rich, born this day in 1929 (📷: Neal Boenzi)
05/16/2019

"The moment of change is the only poem."—Adrienne Rich, born this day in 1929 (📷: Neal Boenzi)

Ever read a book that seemed to be written just for you—like a message from the past waiting for the right time to dec...
05/15/2019

Ever read a book that seemed to be written just for you—like a message from the past waiting for the right time to declare itself? Sponsor our reissues of two feminist classics to bring formerly lost works to the readers who need them right now! More info at tinyurl.com/y5xdlksq

05/12/2019
Donate Now | Support Feminist History in the Making—Sponsor an FP Classic! by Feminist Press

Ever wanted to be in a book? You can support feminist literary history in the making by sponsoring the reissue of a classic FP title: the intersectional working-class narrative DAUGHTER OF EARTH by Agnes Smedley, or the brilliant career-spanning anthology I LOVE MYSELF WHEN I AM LAUGHING by Zora Neale Hurston. Give $250 or more and we'll thank you on the copyright page of the book of your choice, so you can inspire future readers for all time! Click below to learn more.

Every time you pick up a Feminist Press book, you’re doing more than just boosting your TBR pile: you’re supporting feminist literary history in the making. Today, we ...

Poetry month *might* be over but we think you should read poetry all year long ☺️
05/11/2019
6 Rad Poets to Read This National Poetry Month

Poetry month *might* be over but we think you should read poetry all year long ☺️

You should savor the work of these great contemporary poets this month and every month hereafter.

"These books are raw, funny, relatable, dark, hopeful tales that would make the perfect Mother's Day gift, book club rea...
05/09/2019
15 Books To Help You Sort Out Your Feelings About Motherhood

"These books are raw, funny, relatable, dark, hopeful tales that would make the perfect Mother's Day gift, book club read, or introduction to the world of motherhood"—Kerri Jarema, via Bustle

It's spring, which means that Mother's Day is coming. This holiday can be highly emotional for many people for all different reasons, and can also spark important conversations about grief, love, longing, women's reproductive rights, infertility,…

"These books, and their authors, have individual merit—but taken together they are creating a more complete picture of...
05/07/2019
13 Books About Women's Pain - Electric Literature

"These books, and their authors, have individual merit—but taken together they are creating a more complete picture of the human suffering, healing, and triumph. Literature has always been a study of life and death, but these books go beyond, boldly illuminating the space between."—Abby Norman, via Electric Literature

Abby Norman, author of "Ask Me About My Uterus," recommends non-fiction about the suffering, healing, and triumph of the female body

From Kevin Allred's AIN'T I A DIVA to Sabrina Strings' FEARING THE BLACK BODY: THE RACIAL ORIGINS OF FATPHOBIA, here are...
05/07/2019
15 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read This Spring

From Kevin Allred's AIN'T I A DIVA to Sabrina Strings' FEARING THE BLACK BODY: THE RACIAL ORIGINS OF FATPHOBIA, here are the books Bitch Media recommends this spring 💐

This list should encourage readers to pick up books that they would’ve never picked up before.

We've got a fever and the only prescription is more Beyoncé.
05/06/2019
9 Must-Read Books About Beyoncé, Music, Feminism, And Politics

We've got a fever and the only prescription is more Beyoncé.

Each month, the Bustle Book Club asks an author to recommend a book they think everyone should read. In April, Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim recommended Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by…

"Despite all we know about the centuries-long racism built into Western models of beauty, it is both provocative and uns...
05/03/2019
How Tressie McMillan Cottom's 'Thick' Helped Me Understand My Body Positivity Burnout

"Despite all we know about the centuries-long racism built into Western models of beauty, it is both provocative and unsettling for a Black woman to publicly assert that she is unattractive..."—Kyndall Cunningham on Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom's THICK, via Bustle

Before reading Thick: And Other Essays, I was looking for ways to articulate my body positivity burnout. It’s hard not to roll your eyes at mainstream discussions about body image that only seem to occur at the hands of celebrities and companies…

“My ancestors were enslaved and prohibited from reading because books are powerful and they still are, and that’s wh...
05/01/2019
Jamia Wilson, Lisa Lucas, and Kima Jones on the Future of What We Read

“My ancestors were enslaved and prohibited from reading because books are powerful and they still are, and that’s why I feel so passionately about literature.” —FP ED Jamia Wilson talked with Lisa Lucas and Kima Jones about the future of publishing for Bitch Media

These pioneers are transforming the future of literary culture for readers and writers of color.

"I think the base part of feminism is sitting down and thinking about your own actions over your lifetime."—June Eric-...
04/29/2019
Just Saying You’re a Feminist Isn’t Enough - Electric Literature

"I think the base part of feminism is sitting down and thinking about your own actions over your lifetime."—June Eric-Udorie

There’s often a proclamation of each year being a great one for story collections, novels, or essays. So I’ll insert my own perspective that 2018 was a wonderful year in anthologies, especially those celebrating and prioritizing marginalized voices. As I said to editor and young activist June Er...

"I have been womanfor a long timebeware my smileI am treacherous with old magicand the noon’s new furywith all your wi...
04/27/2019
25 Feminist Poems To Inspire Nasty Women Everywhere | Book Riot

"I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
promised
I am
woman
and not white."
—"A Woman Speaks" by Audre Lorde

From feminist love poems to poems about women's rights, read, watch, and be inspired by some of the greatest feminist poets working past and present.

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