6 Black-Owned Book Publishers

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RedBone Press

An acquaintance of Lisa C. Moore’s sister noticed the pink triangle on her bumper and followed her home.   The girl was negotiating coming out and as with many life changes, was eager for literature to help with the journey.  Having no fiction that focused on the experiences of blacks coming to terms with their sexuality, Moore set out to assemble her own collection.  Shopping it around feminist presses she was told there was no market for her offering, does your mama know?. Not to be deterred she published the collection herself in 1997.  Soon after Moore was asked to do the same for another writer, and thus RedBone Press born.  Based in Washington, DC the catalogue has become a respected source of black queer fiction and poetry.  Authors have been recognized by the Pen American Center, The Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Lambda Literary Foundation, honors that become even more impressive when one considers that RedBone operates as a one-woman show.

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