Too risky, too radical, too controversial

Dear friend,

As Banned Books Week approaches, we’ve been thinking a lot about attacks to freedom of speech and expression in the current political and cultural landscape. Feminist Press books have been banned before. The Dragon and the Doctor was banned in Virginia for portraying someone with two mothers. Families, a bilingual Spanish-English publication, was banned in the same place for the same reason.

What do you do when a book is banned? We publish more like them. Publishing diverse books is an antidote to censorship. That’s why the Feminist Press has been publishing books that many would consider too risky, too radical, and too controversial since 1970.

In our fifty years, FP has rediscovered lost works by classic authors, spotlighted Black feminist thought that was left out of the second wave, created entry points to feminism across genre, and lifted up a new generation of feminist writers.

Today, we remain proud to be a home for feminist theories and experiences beyond the single story. We continue to deepen our existing commitment to lifting up the voices of women and nonbinary people of color in literature and nonfiction. Here’s a small preview of what’s coming:

  • Radical Reproductive Justice—An expansion beyond polarized pro-choice/pro-life debates, rooted in Black feminism
  • How Mamas Love Their Babies—A picture book that shows how diverse mothers work in different ways to take care of their children, from domestic labor to sex work
  • Though I Get Home—premier winner of the Louise Meriwether Prize for a debut author of color by YZ Chin, a NYC-based writer and computer programmer
  • La Bastarda—the first novel to be published in English by an Equatorial Guinean woman

Your support makes these books (and the programming we do around them) possible. Can we count on you to join our movement to elevate stories that reflect the diversity of our community and our world?


With gratitude and love,

The Feminist Press team

Jamia, Suki, Lucia, Alyea, Hannah, Wren, Lauren, Jisu, Sophia, and Drew

Lucia Brown