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WELCOME TO PIONEERS PRESS!

THE MAY PIONEERS PRESS NEWSLETTER!

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We've doubled our catalog! Also: small press, activist, and zine news. Springtime on the farm. Pioneers Press tour-dates. Mother's Day reads. New zine/CD release by Adam Gnade. Etc! Read all about it here.

WE DO CUSTOM 1" BUTTON ORDERS!

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Pioneers Press now offers custom buttons through Punch Drunk Custom Buttons! Past clients include DC Comics, AK Press, PM Press, and GreenIstheNewRed.com.

 

If you're a non-profit or organization working toward social justice or animal rights, let us know before ordering if you'd like to discuss discounts.

Go here for more info, or email us at orders@pioneerspress.com!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! HERE ARE SOME QUICK TIPS FOR USING OUR SITE

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We've got hundreds of awesome books, zines, and other goodies on the site, but we'll be first to admit that our site can be difficult to browse.



Someday we'll do a redesign, but in the meantime, here are some suggestions for navigating the site: 

 

  • Search by Subject. On the left-hand sidebar you'll find a "Subjects" icon that links to a list of popular search terms. Be sure to visit the "Freebie" section while you're there!
  • Check out the "Other" section using the link on the left-hand sidebar. Besides printed media we also carry DVDs, journals, note cards, organizers, tote bags and more. They don't have their own section yet, but there are some treasures hidden in there! 
  • Our search engine is picky, so you gotta play with it a bit. For example: "DIY" not yielding any results for you? Try "Do-It-Yourself" or "D.I.Y." 
  • Trying to place a wholesale order? Click on any product page and on the right-hand column switch the "order type" from retail to wholesale. It's that simple! Having trouble? Email Elizabeth@PioneersPress.com

 

Still not finding what you're looking for? Shoot us an email at orders@pioneerspress.com for help or suggestions. We'd love to hear from you! 

 

 
 

Featured Titles for May!

My Brain was a Shark Eating Itself, issues 1, 2, and 3 by Adam Gnade

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This pack contains the March, April, and May issues of Adam Gnade's brand-new six-part monthly zine series, My Brain was a Shark Eating Itself!

Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Wage Slaves sticker by Jessie Duke and Marc Saviano

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Sticker idea by Pioneers Press owner Jessie Duke, design by Marc Saviano.

Every Day Failures: A Punk in the Suburbs by Sarah B.

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Sarah B.'s debut zine, Every Day Failures, is a powerhouse of devastating storytelling, hilarious relatability, and uncomfortable truth. Says Sarah in the zine's opening, "A few months ago my longtime boyfriend, Matt, got a straight job in the city and started acting weird." What follows is newly single parent Sarah and her two toddler daughters leaving the punk-house the girls were raised in and taking refuge at Sarah's aunt's miniMcMansion in the suburbs while the aunt's out of town. Pushed by crippling poverty and growing depression, Sarah finds a new kind of isolation surrounded by upper-middleclass wealth and distrustful neighbors as she tries to get by without being able to work while still keep true to her punk parenting ethics. (And what's more isolating? Being a parent in the punk community or being a punk in the suburbs? Also what happens when you feel out of step with society but aren't finding what you need in radical spaces?)

 

How to Lose Friends and Irritate People (e-book) by Justin Pearson

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In his new book, How To Lose Friends and Irritate People, Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.

Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.

The Greatest Most Traveling Circus! (e-book) by Jonas

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The Greatest Most Traveling Circus is an anthology of stories about vampires and superheroes, giant killer robots, psychics, love potions, bar fights over stolen angel wings, imaginary monsters, magical traveling pants and the devil as a red-headed con man. But it’s also a novel about overcoming depression, struggling with suicide, handling loss, and trying to find meaning in a world where the supernatural isn’t the hardest part of life to accept. Above all, it’s about finding friendship when it is least expected--but most needed.

Big Motherfuckin' Sad Series Full Collection by Adam Gnade

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This pack comes with the full collection (to date) of Adam Gnade's Big Motherfuckin' Sad series. These include The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad book, its companion piece Ringside, and the third installment, Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty. The pack also comes with a "Fight the Big Motherfuckin' Sad" button!Also available as an ebook bundle!

 

Radical Domesticity Issue Two: The Sewing Issue by Emma Karin Eriksson

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From the author: A more DIY-non-corporate-earth-friendly-punk-rock-Martha-Stewarty type rag full of all sorts of cheap and easy home making tips and ideas.This issue is all about sewing! These pages will teach you how to do a whole bunch of easy and helpful hand stitches, how to sew on a button, how to sew in a zipper, the differences between scissors, how to measure yourself correctly and so much more!!Learn how to hem that skirt or take in a shirt or patch a hole or just get the basics down to start you on your way to sewing a whole wardrobe!

Hard Fifty Farm double-pack! by Jessie Duke

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This issue of the zine looks at love and failure, of dreams crashed and cars wrapped around trees. Spanning the course of a few years, the stories in this issue are a beautifully-written hard read, a tangled-up, thorny walk through contemporary back-to-the-land life. We see the characters looking for a better, smarter life out in the country but having a rough go of it. Things fall apart, change comes swinging, but amongst all the devastating moments, there is hope and fighting spirit and a desire to rise. Life isn't always easy but that doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for ...

I Don't Know How to Help You

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Compiled by Jessie Duke, I Don't Know How to Help You is a compilation of writing exploring the dificulties in supporting loved ones with depression, and not knowing how to ask for help when you are the one suffering. This is a resource of assistance and compassion, of true ache and optimism in the face of crushing blues.

 

Big Diamond by Liam Ira Christian

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Big Diamond is 4 year old Liam Ira Christian's photo zine! He takes the photos, does the cut 'n' gluestick layouts, and writes (well, dictates) the hilarious/weird/brilliant/amazing captions.

Green is the New Red by Will Potter

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Like the Red Scare, this "Green Scare" is about fear and intimidation, using a word—"eco-terrorist"—to push a political agenda, instill fear and silence dissent. The animal rights and environmental movements directly threaten corporate profits every time activists encourage people to go vegan, to stop driving, to consume fewer resources and live simply. Their boycotts are damaging, and corporations and the politicians who represent them know it. In many ways, the Green Scare, like the Red Scare, can be seen as a culture war, a war of values.

 

$12 Brainscan Zine Rad Pack

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Get all five of the Brainscan zines by Alex Wrekk that we carry in one bundle!

 

What a Beautiful Face--A Neutral Milk Hotel Fanzine! by Katie Johnson

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What a Beautiful Face is a brand-new fanzine dedicated to one of thee most fantastic bands on the planet, Neutral Milk Hotel. Between these lovely/lovingly hand-drawn/colored covers, you'll find longer essay writing by Katie Johnson and Death in a Rifle Garden author Rich Baiocco, "fan fiction" by Adam Gnade, photography by Megan McIsaac, and a series of shorter live show reviews and small features by various authors from all over the world. This richly illustrated ode to all-things Jeff Mangum and co. is an ecstatic, wild-eyed lovenote to a band that has made a whole lotta people feel less alone.

The Country Grind Quarterly Issue 5, winter 2015

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"The Country Grind Quarterly is a smokin' new magazine for the epically badass rural punks, back to the land skids, backwoods anarchists, etc! It's specifically for those folks who have ran away from the cities in search of a simpler, saner, and more fulfilling life. All content is written by fellow rural punks and is intended for a rural punk audience. Whether you live in a small town, deep in the bush, on a farm in the prairies, or tucked away in the mountains. Whether you're on grid or off. A vegan gardener or a hunter/trapper. You're a lone wolf or you've got a spouse and kids. As long as you're a punk and you don't live in a city, this magazine is for you." -from the magazine's website

WhatsTheirName: More Adventures without Gender

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Julia's 68-page (fully/beautifully-illustrated/collaged/hand-written) follow-up to Every Thug is a Lady is a total fucking smasher. It's about not having a gender and it's about not wanting to talk about it anymore, but talking about it regardless because it's necessary. It's also about dysphoric meltdowns in the mall and coming out to your straight boy partner and dealing with mislabeled pronouns and massive fucking dickheads on a daily basis. (Also: Special appearances from Oscar Wilde, a lot of screamo dudes, Alice Cooper, Axl Rose, Marilyn Manson, Laura Jane Grace, the grocery store, awful jobs, and Courtney Love).

 
 

Book and Zines Published by Pioneers Press!

Every Thug Is A Lady: Adventures Without Gender by Julia Eff

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Julia Eff's 68 page book Every Thug is a Lady begins with a co-opting of a Jay-Z quote: "I've got 99 problems but a gender ain't one." Julia's book deals with the concept of "neutrois," in which an individual has no gender and does not identify as either male or female. Says Julia, "Many have gender dysphoria very much like that of trans people. It is often denoted with the 'null' symbol meaning 'empty set.'" This look into the realm of non-gender is heavy illustrated, good-hearted, and dashed with a strong, youthful sense of humor. This is Julia's look at life as one free of gender (though still coming to terms with it; Julia's in the trenches, knockin' around while the bullets fly). Julia writes, "I see my gender in the way people say things--it's not a tangible object or even a thing that can be described with a giant dictionary." This spirited, adventurous, gothy little book is something special. Don't miss out.

Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying by Trace Ramsey

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Pioneers Press is proud to announce our next published title, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying, a pocket-size book collection of Trace Ramsey's excellent Quitter zine. What do you do when you realize the whole system is chock full of faulty wiring and institutionalized myths? Do you stay behind that desk (whether metaphorical or literal) and burrow into the security of "living in the first world" or do you throw yourself into the wilds? Sometimes it's not so black and white, and sometimes "cutting ties" requires a privilege and skill-set we don't have. In this anthology of Quitter issues 1-6, we see Ramsey battling fear and freedom, history and an uncertain future. There are no hard and fast answers; nothing set in stone besides the guarantee of chaos and troubled waters ahead. Over the course of 64 pages, Trace struggles through life, winning and failing, looking for a better path but not always finding it. A deeply honest narrative on struggling to break the binds that hold us down, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a devastating, thrilling read; a beautifully written examination of the frustrations and pitfalls of life in the current age.

Next Stop Adventure: The Book! by Matt Gauck

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Two hundred and eighty pages on traveling by bike across the country and all the dumpster-diving, illegal rooftop-sleeping, pool-hopping, train-hopping, squatting, big skies, funny danger, dangerous fun, etc, that goes along with it. You will fall in love with Matt Gauck and want to live this book. You’ll want to step right into it and bike the lesser-known highways, dusty country roads, and secret lanes forever. A great collection of high adventure that doubles as a DIY bike-touring how-to manual, this is On The Road for the peak oil age.

 

Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive by Craig Kelly

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In what began as a letter to the eponymous friend, Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive offers an absorbing account of the author's suicide attempts and subsequent hospitalization, providing pragmatic hope and a much-needed resource for mental health from the margins. Author Craig Kelly navigates depression and the psychiatric system as he writes about a litany of medications, gender identity, inpatient treatment, and temporary friendships made in the hospital. Dear Shane dispenses a vision of radical mental health to edify readers so that they may better support themselves and others.

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad by Adam Gnade

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NOW A POCKET-SIZED BOOK! This book is Gnade's self-described "anti-depression guide/guide to a freer, more lawless life." Gnade's pamphlet looks at the root causes of sadness, anxiety, and general malaise/boredom and offers helpful point-by-point suggestions (in list form) and short essay pep-talks on how to move beyond your demons for a better, smarter, happier life. Like a letter from a trusted friend in the trenches, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad will work with you through all phases of your life, thick and thin.

Caveworld: A Novel by Adam Gnade

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Adam Gnade's second novel, Caveworld, is a howl of desperation as its characters fight to find love and meaning in a society with which they feel out of step. Richly encyclopedic and set in the twin border towns of Tijuana and San Diego, the book tells two love stories separated by a gulf of twenty years. Caveworld is made up of the various events (both subtle and seismic) that change lives in an instant. 

 

Under the Radar: Notes from the Wild Mushroom Trade by Olivier Matthon

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Nearly year-round, the wild edible mushroom circuit is at work. Under the nose of authorities, migrant pickers in the Western U.S. supply wild edibles for some of the fanciest restaurants in the country. In Under the Radar, Olivier Matthon takes readers on a firsthand account of northern Californian seasonal work communities in the wild mushroom trade. This ethnography takes place in small-town motels, private logging property, and a marijuana growing operation. Matthon highlights the struggle and need for community among migrant pickers, crafting a thoughtful and well-researched story about clandestine mushroom trade in Under the Radar.

"A little-known facet of the town of Willits, California, is its community of wild mushroom pickers. Every year a few migrants arrive to overwinter and a few local people join in as well. This book gives a rare glimpse into the work and lives of these pickers…" —David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That The Rain Promises and More...

"Olivier is a sport. He appeared at our 'mushroom' palace at what is always the most difficult time of the year and gently fit himself into the remaining mushroom tribe at the roughest end of the picking season. He writes with kind wonder about a world few see." —Connie Green, author of The Wild Table

 

In The News

Read an interview with Pioneers Press founder Jessie Duke!

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Elise from the kick-ass Grasstronaut arts website interviewed Jessie about her life and work. Really great interview with lots of pictures. Go here.

One of our books was the #1 bestseller at Powell's Books! Second year in a row!

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1) Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade
2) Bluets by Maggie Nelson
3) Women by Chloe Caldwell
4) Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen
5) Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz
6) Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor
7) Even Though I Don’t Miss You by Chelsea Martin
8) Pity the Animal by Chelsea Hodson
9) Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey
10) Dream Journals by Melody Owen

We're on the cover of the Pitch!

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We got our FIRST EVER COVER STORY! Click right here; this is the story of our life thus far.

 

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities at Pioneers Press

Are you interested in volunteering or interning at Pioneers Press? We have opportunities from passing out catalogs and proofreading manuscripts to assisting at the local Kansas office. For more information, see our volunteer application. Thank you!

Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant!

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We are very excited to announce that Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant to fund our traveling zine gallery and shop! The RocketGrant program is a collaboration between the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the KU Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. (!!!) Huge, huge thanks to the selection panel and to Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence for their encouragement. Stay tuned for more information about the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile! http://rocketgrants.org/

 

Events

Pioneers Press on tour! Coming to a town near you!

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  • Chattanooga Zine Fest, May 16th
  • 2015 North American Rural Punk Gathering (live acoustic set by Adam Gnade), June 19th-22nd
  • Portland Zine Symposium, July 18-19th
  • Olympia Zine Fest, Oct 23rd-25th
  • Would you like Pioneers Press to table your event or do a reading in your town?

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    Would you like Pioneers Press to attend your event? Are you interested in volunteering to table for Pioneers Press in your hometown (or on the road)? We're gearing up for a season of getting our titles out to the masses and would appreciate your help! For information, please contact Marc.