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Sharon Bridgforth and RedBone Press publisher Lisa Moore at Brentano's Bookstore in Cleveland
photo 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 Out Stories

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.  Price:  $19.95

The bull-jean stories, by Sharon Bridgforth

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.

Price:  $12.00

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.

The 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

Ordering Information

Send checks or money orders to:
RedBone Press
P.O. Box 15571
Washington, DC 20003
Please add $3.50 shipping/handling per order
Email:  .

Phone:  (202) 667-0392

About Lisa Moore

About Sharon Bridgforth

Redbone Press In The News

The Little Press That Could
July 28, 2000

Sharon Bridgeforth
By Suzy Spencer

Core Lists in Women's Studies LESBIAN STUDIES by Joan Ariel

Rising and Defining: Bridgforth's Work Explores "Herstory"

does your mama know?

Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Is one of the writers who contributed work to Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories (ed., Lisa C. Moore, RedBone Press, 1997), She has read at numerous venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York's Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, and A Different Light Bookstore.

Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, THE GILDA STORIES from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage -- Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story---was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities.

She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts Council fellowships.

Shay Youngblood

Shay Youngblood is the author of "The Big Momma Stories" (Firebrand Books).  Her plays, produced nation-wide, include "Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery" and the Lorraine Hansberry Award-winning drama, "Talking Bones." Her first novel, "Soul Kiss" will appeared in May, 1997.  She has been awarded residences at Yaddo and MacDowell.

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