In this book, Jaime Harker uncovers a largely forgotten literary
renaissance in southern letters. Anchored by a constellation of
southern women, the Women in Print movement grew from the queer
union of women's liberation, civil rights activism, gay liberation,
and print culture. Broadly influential from the 1970s through the
1990s, the Women in Print movement created a network of writers,
publishers, bookstores, and readers that fostered a remarkable
array of literature.
With the freedom that the Women in Print movement inspired,
southern lesbian feminists remade southernness as a site of
intersectional radicalism, transgressive sexuality, and liberatory
space. Including in her study well-known authors—like Dorothy
Allison and Alice Walker—as well as overlooked writers,
publishers, and editors, Harker reconfigures the southern literary
canon and the feminist canon, challenging histories of feminism and
queer studies to include the south in a formative role.