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Joan Pinkvoss Stepping Down As Executive Director of Aunt Lute Books

Joan Pinkvoss, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Aunt Lute Books, has publicly announced her decision to step down from her role in late 2023. For 41 years, Pinkvoss has been an integral part of Aunt Lute Books’ mission to publish works from underrepresented communities. Pinkvoss will remain Executive Director until a new Director is hired and then will be available as an administrative and editorial consultant

With the news of this change, Aunt Lute Books will soon begin the search for a new Executive Director to usher the small publishing house into a new era. In order to perform a thorough search and provide extra payroll during this transitional time, Aunt Lute Books will be focusing on fundraising efforts to bolster a budget hit hard by decreasing sales.

“I can’t imagine a more fulfilling way to spend the last 40+ years. The experience of working with such talented authors from whom I learned so much, and with the more than 100 exceptional women who have staffed Aunt Lute over the years, has been worth every struggle to keep this small non-profit literary venture afloat. I definitely received more than I could give. I feel blessed.
More than ever, a publisher that supports women, women of color and LGBTQ writers in their first publication experience is crucial. The present staff and Board that I leave are the strongest they’ve ever been, aware of the deep challenges ahead as they continue to strengthen Aunt Lute and keep our mission alive. I admire their engaged and committed leadership and am confident that they will prepare Aunt Lute for the next 40 years.” - Joan Pinkvoss, Director of Aunt Lute

What's Next?

We will keep you updated on upcoming transitional developments as they happen. We want to be as transparent as possible, when possible.

Right now, we have a fundraiser in June to help raise money to support payroll during this time. We will soon be announcing community meetings where we will invite you to learn more about where we are, and have a chance to ask questions and provide feedback.

Praise for Joan Pinkvoss:

"Joan Pinkvoss is an icon in the world of women's publishing. There's really no one else like her. She chose her path to bring women's stories to the page, and she's never looked back. I'm very lucky she chose my work. Thank you, Joan!" - LeAnne Howe, author of “Choctalking on Other Realities,” “Shell Shaker” and “Miko Kings.”


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