Aunt Lute Books

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Aunt Lute Books
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Founded 1982
Founder Barb Wieser and Joan Pinkvoss
Headquarters location San Francisco, CA
Official website

Aunt Lute Books is a multicultural feminist press whose mission is to "publish literature by women whose voices have been traditionally under-represented in mainstream and small press publishing" and "distribute literature that expresses the true complexity of women’s lives and the possibilities for personal and social change."[1] The publisher has a stated aim to embrace the opportunity to work with and support first-time authors.[1]

Publishing history[edit]

In 1982, Aunt Lute Book Company was founded by Barb Wieser and Joan Pinkvoss in Iowa.[2]

Aunt Lute merged with another feminist publisher, Spinsters Ink in 1986, and the two organizations published jointly for several years in San Francisco under the name Spinsters/Aunt Lute.[3] In 1990 the Aunt Lute Foundation was established as a non profit publishing program, and in 1992, Spinsters Ink was purchased by lesbian feminist philanthropist Joan Drury and moved to Minneapolis.[2][4]

Aunt Lute continues to operate independently as a nonprofit to the present day.


Aunt Lute has published a number of high-profile feminist and lesbian authors, including Audre Lorde (The Cancer Journals), Gloria Anzaldúa (Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza), Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, LeAnne Howe (Shell Shaker, winner of the 2002 Before Columbus American Book Award and Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story), Alice Walker, and Paula Gunn Allen.

Call Me Woman, the autobiography of South African activist Ellen Kuzwayo, Radmila Manojlovic Zarkovic's anthology, I Remember: Writings by Bosnian Women Refugees, and Cherry Muhanji's Lambda Award winning novel Her are all been published by Aunt Lute.[5] Other Aunt Lute titles include the first U.S. collection of Filipina/Filipina American women writers[6] and the first collection of Southeast Asian women writers,[7] as well as a number of translated texts.[8]

Anthologies and Collections[edit]


Aunt Lute Books was the 2004 - 2005 and the 2005 - 2006 Best of the Small Presses Award granted by Standards, an International Cultural Studies Magazine.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b About Aunt Lute
  2. ^ a b Hoshino, Edith S. Feminist Publishing, in International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia editors: Philip G. Altbach & Edith S. Hoshino, 1995, Routledge ISBN 1-884964-16-8, p134
  3. ^ Press Release: Spinsters Ink’s Legacy to Live On, March 1, 2005 quoted [1]
  4. ^ Young, Stacey. Changing the Wor(l)d: Discourse, Politics and the Feminist Movement, Routledge, 1996, ISBN 0-415-91376-4, p44
  5. ^ Aunt Lute Catalog - All Titles
  6. ^ Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers
  7. ^ Our Feet Walk the Sky: Women of the South Asian Diaspora
  8. ^ UC Berkeley Bancroft Library, The California Feminist Presses Collection, 2004