meet the press! episode one, amy scholder of the Feminist Press

amy scholder is the editorial director of the Feminist Press. during her drool-worthy career, amy has worked with sapphire, kathy acker, barbara hammer, june jordan, joni mitchell, kate mIllett, kate bornstein, justin vivian bond, laurie weeks, and many more writers and artists. 


photo by joe ziolkowski for Bomb Magazine

(couldn’t resist this vintage image of super-woman amy with dashing, dangling ira silverberg, current head of lit at the NEA. the two teamed up in the 90’s to create a forum for free thinkers, libertines, and dangerous expressionists: High Risk Books.)


about the Feminist Press:

an independent nonprofit literary publisher, the Feminist Press supports authors who share an activist spirit and a belief in choice and equality. founded in 1970, FP began rescuing “lost” works by writers such as zora neale hurston and charlotte perkins gilman, and continued to establish their catalogue with authors of diverse racial and class backgrounds. 


monday, december 3rd @ 7PM
Bluestockings presents cristy c. road (of Sister Spit),
author of new FP title Spit and Passion

at twelve years old, cristy was struggling to balance tradition in a cuban catholic family with her newfound queer identity, and began a chronic obsession with the punk band Green Day. In her graphic biography, Spit and Passion, road renders the clash between her rich inner world of fantasy and the numbing suburban conformity that surrounds her. 


some thoughts from amy:

on post-feminism: i agree with martha rosler, who does not find the term “post-feminism” useful in any way. Feminist Press is publishing books which promote social justice, gender equality, and choice. these are feminist issues, and i don’t expect we’ll feel like our work is done any time soon.

on indie booksellers: i love indie stores like Bluestockings and St. Marks. i can usually find new books i’m looking for, and i can discover books i didn’t know about. one of the problems with internet shopping is that, with so much to choose from, people tend to buy the same few items. we see this trend especially with books. it used to be that, of the thousands of new titles published each year, a hundred or so would sell briskly. now a million titles are coming out within a short period of time, and only a dozen or so are selling. indie booksellers do hand-selling of a greater diversity of titles to suit their customers, and often support indie presses. indie bookstores and publishers need one other to survive.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s