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Seven Stories Press
Named for seven authors who committed to a home with a fiercely independent spirit, Seven Stories Press publishes works of the imagination and political titles by voices of conscience.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Tuesday, 09 August 2011

Year founded: 1995

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET).

140 Watts Street
New York, New York 10013
United States

Phone: 1 212 226 8760

Fax: 1 212 226 1411

Email address:

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Issues addressed:
  • Peace / Nonviolence
  • LGBT
  • Housing / Homelessness
  • Labor
  • Civil Rights / Civil Liberties
  • Voting / Participatory Government
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Prison Reform / Anti-torture
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Youth
  • Environmental Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Poverty / Hunger
  • International Development
  • Immigration
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Political Accountability / Transparency
  • Self-determination


Seven Stories Press
Founded in 1995 in New York City, and named for the seven authors who committed to a home with a fiercely independent spirit (Annie Ernaux, Gary Null, the estate of Nelson Algren, Project Censored, Octavia E. Butler, Charley Rosen, and Vassilis Vassilikos), Seven Stories Press publishes works of the imagination and political titles by voices of conscience. While most widely known for its books on politics, human rights, and social and economic justice, Seven Stories continues to champion literature, with a list encompassing both innovative debut novels and National Book Award–winning poetry collections, as well as prose and poetry translations from the French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Arabic.

Free Speech and Independent Publishing

Under the direction of publisher Dan Simon, perhaps no other small independent house in America has consistently attracted so many important voices away from corporate publishing. We believe publishers have a special responsibility to defend free speech and human rights wherever we can. On several notable occasions, Seven Stories has stepped in to publish—on First Amendment grounds—important books that were being refused the right to publish for political reasons, including Dark Alliance by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Gary Webb, Citizen Newhouse by Carol Felsenthal, The Others by pseudonymous Saudi Arabian lesbian author Seba al-Herz, and All Things Censored by distinguished journalist and death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Each year we also publish an annual compilation of censored news stories by Project Censored. Features of this series include the Top 25 Censored News Stories of the year—which has a history of identifying important neglected news stories and which is widely disseminated in the alternative press—as well as the "Junk Food News" chapter and chapters on hot-button topics for the year.

Seven Stories also maintains a publishing partnership with Human Rights Watch through the yearly publication of the World Report, a preeminent account of human rights abuse around the world—a report card on the progress of the world's nations towards the protection of human rights for people everywhere.

Literature in Translation and Anthologies of Contemporary Foreign Fiction

Seven Stories is an important publisher of works of literature in translation, including The Few Things I Know About Glafkos Thrassakis by Vassilis Vassilikos, The Old Garden by Hwang Sok-yong and Jean Giono's The Solitude of Compassion. We have introduced new translations of underappreciated classics like Ivan Goncharov's Oblomov, while also seeking works by emerging international voices, like Céline Curiol's Voice Over and Johan Harstad’s Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in all the Confusion?

Pamphlet Publishing

In 1997, Greg Ruggiero brought to Seven Stories the Open Media series, a pamphlet publishing effort he had cofounded in 1991 in opposition to the Gulf War. Producing a wide array of critically acclaimed and bestselling scholars, dissidents, and artists—including Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Howard Zinn, Alice Walker, Robert McChesney, Allen Ginsberg, Nancy Chang, and Subcomandante Marcos—In 2001, the series expanded to a larger format called Open Media books in 2001. The first in the new format was Noam Chomsky classic, 9-11. Recent pamphlets by Seven Stories Press include Coco Fusco’s A Field Guide for Female Interrogators and Howard Zinn’s The Unraveling of the Bush Presidency.

Women's Health

Seven Stories publishes notable works in the area of women's health and contemporary feminism, partly through the efforts of late Seven Stories author and advisory board member Barbara Seaman, one of the founders of the Women's Health Movement. Included in this part of our publishing program are books by Rebecca Chalker (The Clitoral Truth), two books by Leora Tanenbaum (Slut and Catfight), and Arlene Huysman's The Postpartum Effect: Deadly Depression in Mothers. Seven Stories also publishes work by alternative/women’s health expert Gary Null, including For Women Only! (by Gary Null and Barbara Seaman), Be A Healthy Woman (by Gary Null and Amy McDonald), and Women's Health Solutions.

Siete Cuentos

Launched in 2000, Seven Stories' Spanish-language imprint, Siete Cuentos Editorial, represents a major ongoing effort on the part of Seven Stories to introduce important English-language texts to Spanish-language readers. Siete Cuentos has published Spanish-language editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves (Nuestros cuerpos, nuestras vidas) and Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States (La otra historia de los Estados Unidos.) Siete Cuentos has published new and classic works of literature by Ariel Dorfman, including Death and the Maiden (La muerte y la doncella) and Heading South, Looking North (Rumbo al sur, deseando el norte), as well as fiction by Ángela Vallvey and Sonia Rivera-Valdés.

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