“when a woman tells her own story
she lives forever
all the women i know are perennials—
soft things that refuse to die”
- Denice Frohman
Perennial Press’ name came from this poem by Denice Frohman. I guess you can say these are the founding words for this press. We believe everyone should be able to tell their own stories, to “[live] forever.” We live vicariously through the artists we work with.
Art by Caitlin Peck
Perennial Press archives truths through fiction, art and poetry. We are committed to highlighting and uplifting voices & perspectives that have traditionally been underrepresented in literature. We center narratives of womxn, people of color, and queer folks. Our published works explore trauma and resilience in our histories, and visions of more just futures.
Our authors and artists are #1.
We are here to promote their work as well as we can. We try to pay them as much as possible. All the money we make goes towards paying our authors and printing/distributing our books. We hope to eventually be able to compensate our volunteer staff.
Small press publishing is activism.
We want to publish truths and challenge mainstream dialogues freely. We believe in free speech, but not at the expense of others. As James Baldwin said: “We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”
Boycott big sellers.
We actively boycott Am*zon. We distribute our books through grass-root means, choosing to support local bookstores. This allows us to keep our products affordable while paying our authors and artists as much as possible.
Friends of Perennial Press
Some other presses, small businesses, and cool folks who we either have worked with or simply find awesome and draw inspiration from!
Old friends (R.I.P.)
Cold Brood Mag
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