Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years with a Sneak Preview of 2015 Releases and a 2014 Award-Winner with Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, and J. Douglas Allen-Taylor.
In 1989, when editor Jess Clarke worked as a cultural organizer in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District for the non-profit Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center (TREC), he found the neighborhood awash in unpublished talent. Working with Central City Hospitality House and the printing collective Red Star Black Rose, Clarke organized Freedom Voices to publish literature that speaks to or from voiceless communities on the margins. In the quarter century since its inception, the Freirian Bay Area publisher has expanded that vision to include publication of a diverse collection of high caliber and highly-respected American and international literary talent. Among the outstanding writers published by Freedom Voices are Native American poet Mary TallMountain; the poet known as the “Beat Friar:” Brother Antoninus/William Everson; award-winning poet and film-maker Clifton Ross; ] Artist Art Hazelwood and the late Puerto Rican Piri Thomas who, shortly before his death in 2011, chose to publish his final collection of fiction with Freedom Voices: Stories From El Barrio. International titles include Quetzalcóatl by Ernesto Cardenal and Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews of the Zapatista National Liberation Army. Join Freedom Voices in celebrating this milestone with the early release of two exciting 2015 titles (to jump start the holiday season!) and the recipient of the the PEN Oakland Lifetime Literary Achievement Award.
Freedom Voices celebrates the release of three new books :
Updating Orwell’s 1984, this gripping techno-dystopian thriller set against the Bay Area’s iconic landmarks provides disturbing insight about life in the information age. And escape.
“Daring, brave and fully imagined, this political stance is vital and necessary.” —Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running.
The story of community organizing efforts to end homelessness in San Francisco provides a meaningful framework for organizers creating a community-based social justice movement in the United States. Artwork has been a vital part of this organizing and a wide range of images, from cartoons to murals and street posters are highlighted.
Sugaree Rising by Jesse Allen-Taylor
A haunting novel in the great literary tradition of Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner from the recipient of the PEN Oakland 2013 Reginal Lockett Lifetime Literary Achievement Award. Allen-Taylor’s masterful storytelling pulls readers along with the Yay’saw until the novel’s surprising conclusion.