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News & Notes. February 2021: New Submissions Form, Olivia on the Record news, and Author Updates!

We are now accepting new submissions for 2021!

All submissions must be submitted online. If you require assistance or a different arrangement due to incarceration, disability, or accessibility, please reach out to

Once submitted, please expect to hear back from us within 3-5 months. We know this is slower than many larger presses, and unfortunately this is our capability in this time.

You can find our new submission form here, or click the button below.

If you have already submitted your materials to us, we have been working to respond to you. If you provided an email address with your submission, we prefer to email our responses, but if you provided a physical address we will send our correspondences that way!

Thank you so much for your patience and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to


Olivia on the Record: A Radical Experiment in Women's Music

If you missed the book launch, or want to catch up on Olivia on the Record news you can browse all of the links below to see the updates!

Find the book launch recording with captions, live music by Mary Watkins, and an introduction by Achy Obejas here or click the preview below.

Ginny has been on the air in radio interviews with KWMR, This Way Out, and KMUD.

Get your loved one a signed copy of Olivia on the Record and invite joy by playing them songs from some of the Olivia Records musicians featured in this compilation as you read along! Buy your signed copy today!


New book out now by former Aunt Lute staff member!

Chenxing Han's first book, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists, was released on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 with North Atlantic Books, a Bay Area–based independent nonprofit publisher.

“In this impressive debut, Buddhist chaplain Han offers an illuminating analysis of the intersection of race and privilege within American Buddhist communities.”
— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Be the Refuge is both critique and celebration, calling out the erasure of Asian American Buddhists while uplifting the complexity and nuance of their authentic stories and vital, thriving communities. Encouraging frank conversations about race, representation, and inclusivity among Buddhists of all backgrounds, Be the Refuge embodies the spirit of interconnection that glows at the heart of American Buddhism.

You can read more about the book here, or order a copy from your local bookstore, favorite online bookseller, or directly from the publisher.

"Be the Refuge is a labor of love more than eight years in the making. Back in 2012, I realized that more than two-thirds of American Buddhists are of Asian heritage—yet it was a struggle to find Asian American Buddhists voices. That realization inspired me to start interviewing young adult Asian American Buddhists. Eighty-nine interviews later, I realized these voices merited a book. Be the Refuge weaves these voices with scholarly insights and my own story of grappling with what it means to be both a racial and religious minority in America."
— Chenxing Han, author


Aunt Lute Author Updates

Kay Ulanday Barrett

  • Kay's most recent book, More Than Organs, is a 2021 Stonewall Book Awards Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Book! Available for purchase here.

Piyali Bhattacharya

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Devi S. Laskar

Juliana Delgado Lopera

ire'ne lara silva

  • ire'ne has an Anthology Release, Book Festival, Workshop, Class visit via Zoom and Book Festival Online coming up in April. More information TBA here.


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