Feminist Publishing: "Trying to Be the Press We've Been Waiting For"

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New women's press EDGEWORK BOOKS, founded in Berkeley by a group of already well-published writers that includes Kim Chernin, Gail Sher, and Renate Stendhal, has brought out its "first round" of titles. The press's commitment to the work of women extends all the way to its choice of typesetting fonts--all typefaces used in these nine casebound books that make up the first round, for example, were designed by women:

Kim Chernin, THE GIRL WHO WENTAND SAW AND CAME BACK (novel)

M. Jacqui Alexander, Lisa Albrecht, Sharon Day, & Mab Segrest, eds., SING, WHISPER, SHOUT, PRAY' FEMINIST VISIONS FORA JUST WORLD (essay anthology)

Margot Duxler, SEDUCTIONA PORTRAIT OF ANAIS NIN (literary analysis of diary)

Tobey Hiller, CHARLIE'S EXIT (novel)

Susanne Pan, THE FOR TUNE CATCHER (novel)

Margaret Randall, WHERE THEY LEFT YOU FOR DEAD! HALFWAY HOME (poetry)

Gail Sher, MOON OF THE SWAYING BUDS (poetry/prose "spiritual autobiography")

Renate Stendhal, LOVE'S LEARNING PLACE: TRUTH AS APHRODISIAC IN WOMEN'S LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS (psychology); and THE GRASSHOPPER'S SECRET: A MAGICAL TALE (children's story)

"EdgeWork is a form of sustainable publishing," says writer and founder Kim Chernin. "As an independent publishing group, we can sustain our books in print without commercial pressure; as a group of writers working together we can sustain one another and our distinctive visions. Sustainable publishing is linked to all other movements of care and concern for precious resources. Isn't the female voice exactly that?"

EdgeWork's goals go far beyond publishing books. Its website at http://www.edgework.com offers help and community to writers, readers, and other creative folks. The group tells its own story on a page titled "How We Came About":

EdgeWork began like this: a room full of writers--women, most in their '50s. …