Category: Society & Politics

Letter from the Publisher: Grieving While Black

It’s not often that I read from one of our books aloud across the living room. But there I was, so inspired by Breeshia Wade’s Grieving While Black that I asked my partner, Anna, if she’d be open to an impromptu evening reading.  “It is just so good,” I told her. I had read portions …continue

Letter from the Publisher: Be the Refuge

I was drawn to Chenxing Han’s Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists from the moment I first heard about it.  Book projects come to us from a variety of sources: through our formal submissions process, agents, other publishers, authors, and our own proactive searches and cultivation of leads. Books we end …continue

Letter from the Publisher: Joyous Resilience

Working with Anjuli Sherin on Joyous Resilience made us a better publisher.From a developmental-editing perspective, we learned to listen more deeply. It’s a misperception that editors achieve excellence by being standard bearers. They need to be rigorous and know the best practices of their craft, for sure, but they also need to be fiercely curious about the …continue

The Coronation: An Essay by Charles Eisenstein

Listen to the audio edition here. For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the rope has snapped, do we tie its ends back together, or shall we undo its …continue

Somatics—A Radically Different View of Who We Are

Excerpted from The Politics of Trauma by Staci K. Haines. Somatics—A Radically Different View of Who We Are The Church says: The body is a sin. Science says: The body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The body says: I am a fiesta. —EDUARDO GALEANO, from “Window on the Body” Somatics …continue

The Politics of Trauma: Foreword Excerpt by Ai-Jen Poo

Below, an excerpt from Ai-Jen Poo’s foreword to The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice by Staci K. Haines. The work of #metoo is about healing. It’s about healing as individuals and healing as communities. —Tarana Burke Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster … for when you …continue