So You Know-Queer Black Feminist Publishing LIVES!

15 06 2009

If you don’t know…now you know! BrokenBeautiful Press is proud to be part of a legacy of creative, imaginative, brave grassroots publishing projects…created by queer black feminist troublemakers…changing the meaning of life!



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15 06 2009

Oh and I just thought of FIERCE an awesome Queer Women of Color Magazines from the mid-nineties that somehow escaped my mind early this morning when I was making the video. Let’s use this space to shout out MORE awesome publishing projects that we know about. Towards infinite inspiration!

15 06 2009
prof susurro

This is great (even if you did leave Moraga out of the founding of Kitchen Table in order to center black diasporic contributions)!!!

Just an FYI, there is a black lesbian online reading group at featuring books by black diasporic lesbians about black lesbians and several of the authors are published on black lesbian presses Red Bone Press (US) and Sister Vision Press (Canada). You can find a whole list of the books and links to info about these modern day black lesbian presses at my spot here:

It’s so nice to see so many young black women following in the herstory of independent feminist of color presses, especially right now when the market is narrowing and we seem to be the first people cut out.

Another publisher that came to mind: girl child press. (I think that is a black lesbian owned press, but am not as familiar)

If you have a youtube version of your vid, I’d love to post it on my blog as well. 😀

15 06 2009

hi prof susurro!
thanks for your comment and the links! and definitely never any disrespect to Moraga! The story that I know about the founding of Kitchen Table comes from Barbara Smith’s eulogy of Audre Lorde and a fundraising letter for KTP where she talks about it being born in a phone conversation that she and Audre Lorde had. And then in Alexis DeVeaux’s biography of Audre Lorde she mentions that though the women in the room (even though I am pretty sure that room was in an apartment in Boston shared by Smith and Moraga) were African American and Afro-Caribbean. The way she frames it makes it important that though the women in the room were “black” lesbians…they wanted to create a press that was inclusive of all women of color. But obviously as the picture shows….Moraga was involved from very early on…and I’m taking a trip out to Stanford to look at Moraga’s papers later this summer…so maybe I’ll find more of the story…and I would love to hear more of the stories that you know! if you go to the vimeo site where I uploaded the video (click above!) you can get the embed code for the video…i don’t really trust youtube….

I love girlchild press! I wouldn’t characterize as an explicitly queer black/ black lesbian project. But it is definitely an amazing black afro-caribbean feminist project..that has published work by queer black women….including me!!! And I do agree that the early work in the video (and the much early independent publishing work of folks like Ida B. Wells) inspires all of these projects.

15 06 2009
prof susurro

Can’t get the vimeo thing to work, but love that you too have a distrust of youtube. It’s probably my account type.

I wasn’t criticizing your research, just reminding that Moraga was also there. In a public forum in particular its always good to honor the memories of all the living legends involved in important projects. Thus, I’m envious of your research trip. It should prove soul illuminating.

Thanks for the clarity on girlchild press, b/c I’ve been wondering . . .

15 06 2009
Thoughts on Publishing from the Margin « Like a Whisper

[…] on Publishing from the Margin June 15, 2009 — prof susurro This new video from Broken Beautiful Press comes just in time for the lesbian book reading group and right on time for Gay Pride Month. Her […]

24 06 2009

yay! great video lex! can’t wait to see more.

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