What if a man is a man because he says he is?

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If you sign up for our newsletter, you will receive an electronic copy of Self-Organizing Men. All of it, too.

Self-Organizing Men was the first book we published. Never one to shy away from difficult subject matter, editor Jay Sennett (that’s him, up there) sought to answer the question, “What or who is a Man?”

Through first-person narratives and performance pieces, photographs, cartoons, poetry, lithographs and etchings, the contributors provide complex, and sometimes contradictory, responses.

Eli Clare, portrait by Rive Lehrer

Eli Clare (that’s him up there), offers a particularly evocative poem, “And Yet.”

I lay out syringe, alcohol pad, vial: a ritual / connecting me to junkies. Draw the testosterone, / and push the needle deep through skin to muscle.

Download the book and read some of it. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Our Story


Complex Books

Some stories don’t fit in neat, tiny boxes. Love and disability, being for oneself and femme/feminine, white privilege, female-to-male- transsexuals.

We believe we all live with contradictions. Skin, class, religion and other nodes of being live inside of us. Push and pull us in sometimes opposite directions.

That’s why we publish complex books for complicated people. You deserve nothing less.

Jay Sennett, Publisher


Complicated People

Tim T’ West. Eli Clare. Petra Kuppers. Kim Addonzio.

We’ve had the honor of publishing some of the greatest writers alive today, including the beautiful Kpone Kofi Bruce pictured above.

Each of our authors, at least we think so, has stared into their own hearts and said yes. We hope you have said yes, too.


Close Truths

Being a writer is difficult work. There’s finding time to write, then edit. Can we find a like-minded community – even if it is only one – of other writers who can support us in our writing? These are the obvious difficulties.

But there are also financial and self-care responsibilities and web responsibilities if we have an internet presence. And we have obligations to our chosen communities.

The secret is to simplify. As creative people, we have had learn to learn to say no more than yes.