About Shade Mountain Press

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

The reality is that women make up a negligible percentage of authors of literary fiction published by the larger houses and even most of the small presses. Our voices are still being sidelined.

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."

We've released one to two books a year since 2014. Our titles have been named to NPR’s Best Books of the Year and have been winners and finalists for the International Latino Book Award, the Thurber Prize, and Indiefab.

Shade Mountain’s books are available on our website and through Small Press Distribution, as well as bookstores and online retailers.

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

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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 also published poems, essays, and book reviews, and is the creative prose editor at WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly. See her website for her bio and publications list.


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We owe our existence to generous donors. Shade Mountain Press is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. You can use this button to donate:

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Contributions for the charitable purposes of Shade Mountain Press must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The work of Shade Mountain Press is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.