OKCanLit: The Press is Mightier
PiM publishers give voices to the marginalized, bringing their stories and experiences into the fold to influence and inform public opinion. Whether representing writers of colour, gender, differing ability, or Indigenous backgrounds, these publishers have a unique sensitivity to not only the need to tell these stories, but to do so in a way that respects the way in which the story needs to be told.
This is apparent in the harrowing rape memoir, One Hour in Paris, from Freehand Books, an account of institutionalized life in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly from Inanna Publications, and in the defiant poetry/essay/art/lyrics pieces about the Idle No More movement that make up The Winter We Danced, from ARP Books. Live from the Afrikan Resistance!, from Roseway, chronicles seven years of spoken word performances into a first printed collection.
PiMs know that children, too, need to understand that they might not fit a single mold, and that injustice could be anywhere. Ronsdale Press has a robust publishing program for youth, often telling stories with an Indigenous perspective like The White Oneida. Children can find their own voices or learn new ones. View books in this list