Sharon Bridgforth and RedBone Press
publisher Lisa Moore at Brentano's Bookstore in Cleveland
by Lincoln Pettaway
RedBone Press is the only Black lesbian-owned publishing house in the country dedicated
to publishing the work of black lesbian writers. Lisa Moore is someone who is committed to creating history.
"Lisa is ... changing the face of the publishing industry, literally. So around the
country, people in the publishing industry, particularly in the small press pockets, are taking notice of what Lisa's doing."
What's she doing? "A lot of the publishers don't think black people read and buy books. And she's selling. Her target
is black lesbians, but she's selling universally and selling lots. So they all want to know, 'How are you doing this?' Particularly
with work like mine." -- Sharon Bridgforth (Website: http://www.sharonbridgforth.com/)
Lisa Moore will be featured in December's Leaders/Legends Section. So Stay Tuned!
RedBone Press Books
does your mama know?- An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming
From the cover: By turns funny, passionate, angry and joyous, does your mama know? reflects
the complexity of emotions that accompany a black lesbian's coming out. These 49 short stories, poems, interviews and essays
- fiction and nonfiction - make up a powerful collection of original and new writing by 41 women. does your mama know?
is ready to take its place in the halls of literary African-American lesbian voices.
RedBone Press, edited by Lisa C. Moore, ISBN 0-9656659-0-9, 1997, paperback, 314 pp.
The bull-jean stories, by
Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse
to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, The bull-jean stories
give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the
1920s, The bull-jean stories herald the spirit of the African-American people.
RedBone Press, by Sharon Bridgforth, ISBN 0-9656659-1-7,
1998, paperback, 109 pp.
The bull-jean stories (On CD), by Sharon Bridgforth
The bulljean CD was created because both bridgforth and Moore were often
told what a difference was made in the enjoyment of bulljean when heard aloud. ´Bulldagger stories beg to be heard
aloud,´ was written in a review in Southern Voice, a weekly publication. And the rest is history, as they say.
bulljean CD is a family affair. bridgforth reads (No! She performs), her daughter sings and Moore"s father (who is a
professional musician, usually playing the blues) plays guitar on the CD. Price: $12.99
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