One in 5 people in the U.S. have a disability – that’s 54 million people in the U.S. Yet it’s really hard to find books written from disability-positive perspectives. Most books about disabled people are written from a nondisabled perspective. Amazon sells over 20 million books, but only 1/3 of 1% of books connect to disability in any way. People with disabilities are effectively invisible in books.
The RECLAMATION PRESS Solution:
All marginalized communities need to see accurate reflections of themselves. We need to see how people like us survive and thrive. We need to know that we are not alone in our struggles against daily discrimination. Books are powerful tools for strengthening community resilience.
Reclamation Press publishes books by people within diverse disability communities. We seek authors living at intersections such as disability, race, and class. We strongly believe that people living at the junctions of multiple communities create books that expand our horizons and enrich the lives of individuals and communities.
If you agree, we hope you will:
* Support Reclamation Press (it’s easy with the DONATE button on this page)
* Buy Our Books
* Tell people about Reclamation Press
ALL ABOUT RECLAMATION PRESS:
In her 2012 blog, Elizabeth (“Ibby”) Grace shared her dream of a publishing house for disabled authors. She enlisted Corbett Joan O’Toole to share that dream and asked her to write Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History.
Corbett’s book did better than either could have imagined becoming a frequently used textbook for university classrooms as well as being a finalist in the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards. In 2017 Fading Scars was selected as one of the five Must Read Books on American Women by the Women’s March.
In late 2016 Ibby and Corbett realized it was time to create Reclamation Press to focus on publishing books at the crossroads of disability and other identities. Too often disabled people of color, Deaf people, queer disabled people and many others cannot find publishers for their excellent work.
Reclamation Press offers writers from diverse disability communities an opportunity to transform their words into professionally edited books that can be shared as print, ebooks and audiobooks.
We are firmly committed to sharing the Wisdom from Disability Communities.
Won’t you join us?
OUR FIRST FIVE BOOKS:
The Kinda Fella I Am by Raymond Luczak: Through a variety of characters with disabilities, The Kinda Fella I Am explores the disabled queer male experience. Raymond Luczak, author of the award-winning novel Men with Their Hands, goes boldly into bedrooms and other places where most able-bodied men fear to tread.
Glitch in the System, Book 1: Troubleshooting by Selene dePackh: Grimly visionary, the Glitch in the System series navigates an easily-recognizable near future, drawing on undercurrents already pulling neurodivergents into narrower and more frightening prospects. The first-person vantage of the narrator has rarely been captured with the kind of searing, authentically autistic voice dePackh brings to this new Neuropunk genre.
Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice by Naomi Ortiz: Infusing wisdom from Spirit and grounded in the Sonoran desert, Naomi crafts a guide to balancing healing and social justice work. Exploring the relationships between mind, body, spirit, heart and place in order to integrate self-care to survive and thrive.
Poverty Scholarship: Poor People’s Theory, Art, Work and Tears Across Mama Earth by Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, Dee Gray-Garcia and POOR Magazine: Comprehensive and ground-breaking, Poverty Scholarship shares the wisdom of indigenous community scholars through poetry, performances and stories.
Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History by Corbett Joan OToole: Disability history comes alive in these compelling first-hand accounts. From the 1977 San Francisco 504 sit-in to the 2002 Queer Disability Conference, Corbett weaves unique queer disability perspectives on these important events.
Finalist, 2016 Lambda Literary Award