South End Press

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South End Press
Status Defunct (July 2014)
Founded 1977
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Brooklyn, New York
Publication types Books
Owner(s) Worker-owned and -operated collective
Official website (dead link)

South End Press was a non-profit book publisher run on a model of participatory economics.[citation needed] It was founded in 1977 by Michael Albert,[1] Lydia Sargent, Juliet Schor,[2] among others, in Boston's South End. It published books written by political activists, notably Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, bell hooks, Winona LaDuke, Manning Marable, Ward Churchill, Cherríe Moraga, Andrea Smith, Howard Zinn and Jeremy Brecher.


South End Press was founded in 1977 by Michael Albert,[1] Lydia Sargent, John Schall, Pat Walker, Juliet Schor,[2] Mary Lea, Joe Bowring, and Dave Millikan, among others. It was based in Boston's South End and run as a egalitarian collective with decision-making equally shared.

The publisher got into financial difficulties in the financial crisis of 2007–08, with sales dropping by 12.8% in 2008. In 2009, South End Press moved to a new office in Brooklyn, New York, partnering with Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.[3] A fundraising campaign was run in 2012 to help ease its financial situation.[4]

South End Press closed in July 2014. Howard Zinn and an anonymous author had reportedly not received royalties for several years.[4]

Some of South End Press's catalogue has been republished including work by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky (on Haymarket Books), Jeremy Brecher (on PM Press),[4] and Eli Clare, Andrea Smith, Frank Wilderson and Dean Spade (on Duke University Press).[5]

Related projects

The founders of South End Press have also been involved with two ongoing political media projects, 'Speak Out' and 'Z Magazine'. They have worked with a number of media and research institutions including Alternative Radio, Political Research Associates, the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment, and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.[citation needed]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "From SDS to Life After Capitalism: Z Mag Founder Michael Albert on Activism, "Parecon" and a Model for a Participatory Society". Democracy Now. Retrieved 3 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Julie Schor". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved 9 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Rosen, Judith (10 December 2009), "South End Press moves to Brooklyn", Publishers Weekly, retrieved 9 January 2010<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rosen, Judith (24 July 2014). "South End throws in the towel". Publishers Weekly. N.Y.C. South End, which hasn’t published a new book in the past five years, … is about to dissolve.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS BRINGS SOUTH END PRESS BOOKS BACK INTO PRINT". Duke University Press. Retrieved 20 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>