Freedom Voices Celebrates 25 Years with Reading at City Lights Bookstore — Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7 pm

Freedom Voices
City Lights Booksellers,

261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years with a Sneak Preview of 2015 Releases and our 2014 Award-Winner
with readings by Margot Pepper (left), Paul Boden (center), J. Douglas Allen-Taylor (right). MC, Jess Clarke

In 1989, when editor Jess Clarke worked as a cultural organizer in San Francisco's Tenderloin District for the non-profit Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center (TREC,)  he found the neighborhood awash in unpublished talent. Working with Central City Hospitality House and the printing collective Red Star Black Rose, Clarke organized Freedom Voices to publish literature that speaks to or from voiceless communities on the margins. In the quarter century since its inception, the Freirian Bay Area publisher has expanded that vision to include publication of a diverse collection of high caliber and highly-respected American and international literary talent.  Among the outstanding writers published by Freedom Voices are Native American poet Mary TallMountain; the poet known as the "Beat Friar:" Brother Antoninus/William Everson;  award-winning poet and film-maker Clifton Ross; ] Artist Art Hazelwood and the late Puerto Rican Piri Thomas who, shortly before his death in 2011, chose to publish his final collection of fiction with Freedom Voices: Stories From El Barrio.  International titles include Quetzalcóatl by Ernesto Cardenal and Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews of the Zapatista National Liberation Army.  Join Freedom Voices in celebrating this milestone with the early release of two exciting 2015 titles (to jump start the holiday season!) and the recipient of the the PEN Oakland Lifetime Literary Achievement Award.

Freedom Voices celebrates the release of three new books:

American Day Dream by Margot Pepper
Updating Orwell's 1984, this gripping techno-dystopian thriller set against the Bay Area’s iconic landmarks provides disturbing insight about life in the information age. And escape. 

"Daring, brave and fully imagined, this political stance is vital and necessary."     —Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running.

House Keys Not Handcuffs by Paul Boden
The story of community organizing efforts to end homelessness in San Francisco provides a meaningful framework for organizers creating a community-based social justice movement in the United States. Artwork has been a vital part of this organizing and a wide range of images, from cartoons to murals and street posters are highlighted.

Sugaree Rising by Jesse Allen-Taylor
A haunting novel in the great literary tradition of Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner from the recipient of the PEN Oakland 2013 Reginal Lockett Lifetime Literary Achievement Award.  Allen-Taylor's masterful storytelling pulls readers along with the Yay'saw until the novel's surprising conclusion.

 

About Margot Pepper: Born in Mexico City, Margot Pepper's work has been published internationally by the Utne Reader, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Znet, The Monthly Review, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Rethinking Schools, City Lights, Hampton Brown, and others. She is best known for her memoir, Through the Wall: A Year in Havana (Freedom Voices, 2005). She has also published a book of poetry, At This Very Moment (Freedom Voices, 1992). Learn more at www.margotpepper.com

About Paul Boden: Paul Boden, Executive and Organizing Director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, became homeless at the age of 16 after the death of his mother. He served as Executive Director of San Francisco's Coalition on Homelessness for 16 years and was a founder of the Community Housing Partnership, a nationally recognized permanent housing corporation. He has received dozens of community awards during the last thirty years and recognition from the city of San Francisco, the State of California, and the Congress of the United States. Paul regularly writes articles and op-eds and travels throughout the country giving talks and trainings.

About J. Douglas Allen-Taylor: J. Douglas Allen-Taylor lived for close to two decades in the South Carolina Lowcountry region where Sugaree Rising takes place. An award-winning journalist and political/social columnist, he currently lives in his native Oakland, California. He was the recipient of the PEN Oakland 2013 Reginal Lockett Lifetime Literary Achievement Award.

About Freedom Voices

Some Information

Freedom Voices publishes works that speak to or from communities on the margins. Founded in 1989 in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District the press has grown from its origins as a community publisher to include works from around the globe.

FV works closely with the TallMountain Circle which produces, promotes and distributes Mary TallMountain’s literary works and chooses the winners of the TallMountain Award for Creative Writing and Community Service.

FV also distibutes New Earth Publications imprint such as translations of Nicaraguan Ernesto Cardenal’s Quetalcoatl , Costa Rican activist Luisa Gonzalez’s autobiography and Voice of Fire, Communiques and interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army.

Freedom Voices is a project of the non-profit Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center and organizes public readings and writing workshops in conjunction with the Center. Freedom Voices is also a partner in the Encounters in the Americas/Encuentros de los Americas project for popular literacy. The founding editor of Freedom Voices is B. Jesse Clarke. Editorial decisions are made by a collective of writers, activists, and street scholars.