RedBone Press publishes work celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream.
Founded in 1997 by Lisa C. Moore, RedBone Press was created to address a dearth of black lesbian voices in lesbian feminist publishing. Moore began researching the histories of feminist presses in 1995 while collecting and editing material for RedBone Press’ first book, does your mama know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories (1997). does your mama know? won two 1997 Lambda Literary Awards, for Small Press and Lesbian Studies. RedBone Press’ second title, the bull-jean stories by Sharon Bridgforth, won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for Small Press. In 2004, Moore changed RedBone Press’ mission to include quality literature by black gay men. Most titles since 2004 have been Lambda Literary Award finalists; additionally, Blood Beats: Vol. 1 by Ernest Hardy won a 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award (now called PEN/Open Book Award). RedBone Press is renowned for publishing award-winning, quality literature by black lesbians and gay men.
RedBone Press titles can be ordered by the public directly through this website or from independent bookstores across the United States; most titles can also be ordered from Small Press Distribution. RedBone Press accepts bookstore orders (e-mail or fax a purchase order; terms 40%, net 30, no minimum, returnable within one year in resellable condition) and from library jobbers. Most orders are shipped either the same day or the day after they are received.
“RedBone ambitiously fulfills a two-fold black feminist mission of both creating space for new critical voices to emerge and insisting on the relevance of earlier work by thinkers committed to the wholeness and freedom of black communities.”
— Alexis Pauline Gumbs, American Book Review, May-June 2008