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About Shade Mountain Press

In 1855 Nathaniel Hawthorne griped that “a damned mob of scribbling women” had overrun the publishing scene. More than a century and a half later, that mob has still failed to materialize.

The reality is that women historically have made up a negligible percentage of authors of literary fiction published by the larger houses and even most of the small presses.

As a feminist press, Shade Mountain is committed to publishing literature by women, especially women of color, disabled women, women from working-class backgrounds, and LGBTQ women. We publish work that’s politically engaged, challenges the status quo, tells the stories that usually go unheard. Work that’s wise, raucous, joyful, angry, alive. As Toni Morrison put it, “The best art is political, and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.”

Our titles have been named to NPR’s Best Books of the Year, have been selected to the Great Group Reads list, and have been winners and finalists for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, the International Latino Book Award, the CLMP Firecracker Award, the Thurber Prize, and the INDIES.

Shade Mountain’s books are available in bookstores and online retailers.

Shade Mountain Press has been profiled in Electric Literature, Minorities in Publishing podcast, Publishers Weekly,, Entropy Magazine, Foreword Reviews, Sapling (from Black Lawrence Press), and the Albany Times-Union.

About the Publisher

Rosalie Morales Kearns, a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, is the author of the novel Kingdom of Women (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017) and the story collection Virgins and Tricksters (Aqueous, 2012), and editor of the anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain, 2015). She has published poems, essays, and book reviews, and served as creative prose editor at WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly. She also teaches creative writing online. See her website for her bio and publications list.