Monica J. Casper
Monica J. Casper

UA Press Launches Book Series With The Feminist Wire

Series will offer critiques from a diversity of perspectives on U.S. popular culture, media and politics.
Sept. 10, 2015
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Tamura Lomax and Darnell Moore, who previously spoke on campus as part of the Black Life Matters conference held at the UA in January, will join Monica Casper at the UA Women's Resource Center on Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. The trio will talk about "Intersectionality in Practice: The Work of The Feminist Wire" in Room 404 of the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd.

The launch of the collaboration between the University of Arizona Press and The Feminist Wire is being celebrated on Sept. 11 at noon in Special Collections in the UA Libraries.

Speakers include Kristen Buckles, acquiring editor of UA Press; Monica Casper, associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Tamura Lomax, co-founder of The Feminist Wire; and Darnell Moore, senior editor at Mic.

Members of the UA and general communities are invited to join the speakers for a brown-bag conversation about gender, race and social change, and the ways that knowledge moves back and forth between the University and the community.

Darnell L. Moore
Darnell L. Moore
Tamura A. Lomax
Tamura A. Lomax

The University of Arizona Press will collaborate 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 collaboration will result in a series of published books offering critiques from a diversity of perspectives on U.S. popular culture, media and politics, including anti-feminist representations and practices.

"Activism. Policy work. Writing. The work that I do has always been about connecting to academic and nonacademic audiences," 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.

"This partnership is just a logical extension of that," Casper said, adding that the books will be read by scholars, students, activists and others concerned with sexism, racism and imperialism. "We are reaching across the university/public life divide."

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 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," Lomax said. "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.

"This series will provide an exciting new outlet to explore contemporary and pertinent social justice issues," said Kathryn Conrad, director of the UA Press. "Not only does it complement the Press’ 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 David Cuillier, director of the School of Journalism, is developing an online master's degree in social justice publishing. Under the guidance of UA Press personnel, students in the master's program 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 it has a history of participating in innovative and collaborative publishing projects. In 2009, the UA Press received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to publish scholarship in indigenous studies, alongside three other university presses. The UA Press also is the publisher of the Camino del Sol and Sun Tracks literary series, which publish new, emerging and established Latina/o and Native writers.