Aunt Lute Foundation

A nonprofit organization

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Aunt Lute Books is a multicultural feminist press based in San Francisco. For over 40 years, our mission has been to distribute literature that expresses the true complexity of women’s lives and the possibilities for personal and social change. We've published a number of well-known feminist, lesbian and women of color authors, including Alice Walker, Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, Judy Grahn, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, and Audre Lorde.

Because we are grassroots—establishing the career of new writers and helping to introduce them to the public at large—Aunt Lute is not able to make a profit on selling books. We depend on grants and donations to make up the difference. Given the grant climate in the last decade, we have depended even more heavily on private donors. In donating to Aunt Lute Books, you contribute to us in the following ways:

Donations support emerging voices: We invest in unpublished, emerging authors who we believe will contribute to and enhance the constantly evolving dialogues between writers and readers, individuals and communities.
Internship program: Our internship program offers mentorship and training to people interested in learning the many aspects of a nonprofit, feminist publishing press.
Programming:  In addition to publishing, Aunt Lute Books is also dedicated to building community, and has a history of collaborating with local, Bay Area organizations to host author workshops, readings, panels, and other events. Check out our website or Facebook page to stay updated on future events!

Your contributions are what make Aunt Lute able to continue the unique publishing and programming services it has provided for the past 40 years.


The books listed below are but a small sample of the unconventional writings we offer at Aunt Lute Books. Donate to our press and help support our mission to bring revolutionary women to the forefront of literature.

Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa: 
"Gloria Anzaldúa’s vision encompasses spiritual and experiential aspects of female power, as well as the day-to-day courage and struggle that has characterized Chicano survival." —The San Francisco Chronicle
flesh to bone by ire’ne lara silva: 
"ire’ne lara silva writes about what’s between dark shadow and daylight, when, as on the Day of the Dead, we are so aware of the sacred. Though fiction, ire’ne’s prose seems to transform into chanting verse." —Dagoberto Gilb, author of Before the End, After the Beginning: Stories
Choctalking on Other Realities by LeAnne Howe:
"Strange things happen when you’re an unknown Choctaw author on a US book tour. Sure some people say stupid things like, ‘I thought all the Chock Toes were dead.’…While hearing such remarks is somewhat painful, there’s no limit to the amount of fun you can have with the people who make them. They become part of the extraordinary events you will want to scribble down and savor.” —LeAnne Howe, from Choctalking on Other Realties


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