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The University of Arizona Press will be collaborating with The Feminist Wire on an innovative new book series. Building on The Feminist Wire’s mission to “valorize and sustain pro-feminist representations and create alternative frameworks to build a just and equitable society,” the series will publish books that offer critiques—from a diversity of perspectives—of U.S. popular culture, media and politics, including anti-feminist representations and practices.
“We expect our books will be read by scholars, students, activists and nonactivist people concerned with sexism, racism and imperialism,” said Monica J. Casper, a professor in the UA Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the associate dean of academic affairs for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Casper is a managing editor of The Feminist Wire—along with Tamura A. Lomax and Darnell L. Moore. Casper, Lomax and Moore will serve as co-editors of the new book series.
“This partnership benefits both parties,” said Lomax, co-founder of The Feminist Wire. “TFW is an existing brand with growing popularity, providing a ‘ready-made’ audience for books in the series as well as a marketing platform. The UA Press has an established reputation publishing books about race and social justice, thus serving as a strategic and welcoming outlet for books in this series.”
Until now, The Feminist Wire has been an exclusively digital publishing platform and community, providing a home for intellectual inquiry for more than a million scholars, activists, poets, novelists, artists and cultural workers annually.
“Activism. Policy work. Writing. The work that I do has always been about connecting to academic and nonacademic audiences,” said Casper. “This partnership is just a logical extension of that. We are reaching across the university/public life divide.”
“This series will provide an exciting new outlet to explore contemporary and pertinent social justice issues,” said University of Arizona Press Director Kathryn Conrad. “Not only does it complement the Press’s charge to bring scholarship to readers all over the world, but it is yet another opportunity to engage with the wonderful students and faculty in our campus community.”
The series will provide engaged learning opportunities for UA students. Casper, along with Dave Cuillier, the director of the School of Journalism, are developing an online M.A. in social justice publishing. Under the guidance of UA Press personnel, these M.A. students will learn about acquiring, editing, producing and marketing books.
The University of Arizona Press is a longtime publisher of books on issues of social justice and equality, and has a history of participating in innovative and collaborative publishing projects. In 2009 it received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to publish scholarship in Indigenous Studies, alongside three other university presses. It is also the publisher of the Camino del Sol and Sun Tracks literary series, which publish new, emerging and established Latina/o and Native writers.
The launch of the collaboration between the University of Arizona Press and The Feminist Wire is being celebrated on Friday, Sept. 11 at noon in Special Collections in the University of Arizona Libraries. Speakers include Kristen Buckles, the acquiring editor of the UA Press; Monica Casper, the associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Tamura Lomax, the co-founder of The Feminist Wire; and Darnell Moore, senior editor at Mic. The public and university community are invited to join the speakers for a brownbag conversation about gender, race and social change, and the ways that knowledge moves back and forth between the University and the community.
Lomax and Moore, who previously spoke on campus as part of the Black Life Matters conference last January, will also join Monica Casper at the University of Arizona Women’s Resource Center on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. The trio will talk about “Intersectionality in Practice: The Work of The Feminist Wire” at the Student Union Memorial Center, Suite 404.