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In celebration of the release of Julia Eff’s debut book we're throwing a contest! Ends today!

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To celebrate the upcoming Pioneers Press release of Julia Eff’s debut book, Every Thug is a Lady: Adventures without Gender, we are running a contest STARTING NOW where you can win the most epic of things. Go here.

THE MARCH PIONEERS PRESS NEWSLETTER!

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Big news from the farm! Also, new books, zines, and buttons! Click here to see it.

 

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 a huge pain in the ass to comb through.



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! 

 

 

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!

 

Featured Titles for March!

And In My Dreams You're Alive and You're Crying by Adam Gnade

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Began under the premise of making "Neutral Milk Hotel fan fiction" for the What A Beautiful Face zine, Adam Gnade's And In My Dreams You're Alive and You're Crying is a two-act set of anti-war writing, with characters and plotlines connected to his series of books. Numbered, signed limited-edition.

My Brain Was a Shark Eating Itself by Adam Gnade

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My Brain Was a Shark Eating Itself is the story of my final summer in the city before leaving Portland behind for a life in the country. It's concerned with a lot of things but paramount amongst them (though not articulated in any explicit sense) is the idea of not wanting the city life anymore but trying to get all you can out of it before you leave. It's about stabbings and week-long hangovers and graveyards and getting jumped by bloodthirsty, civic-proud frat boys. (Also: Ulysses, old country records, throwing a good wake, state fairs, ex-soldiers, neons, summer heat, murder, awful paranoia, getting gleeked on, neighborhood wars, etc.)

Shit Happiness sticker by Marc Saviano

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Big Motherfuckin' Sad Series Full Collection by Adam Gnade

Big Motherfuckin' Sad Series Full Collection imageThis 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!

When There's Nothing Left to Burn by Jazz McGinnis

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Our friend Jazz McGinnis from Portland has set a new bar here. When There's Nothing Left to Burn is about self-care and survival, suicide and DEFON 1 level depression. This zine is beautifully written, just elegant and smart and flawless. Here Jazz talks about friends not present, the ongoing battle, and his decision to undergo surgery to get a Vagus Nerve Stimulator device installed in his chest, which sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve every five minutes in order to combat the symptoms of depression. It's some harrowing stuff but it's also inspiring and sweet and funny and kinda life-affirming. If you don't make it through this beautiful, aching, graceful zine somewhat changed then we'll give you your money back. This is how much we believe in Jazz McGinnis. An important work.

Trans Gender 1" button by Elizabeth Thompson

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New button design by Pioneers Press' own Elizabeth Thompson!

 

Pulling Teeth: a Julia Eff Double Feature (TWO ZINE SET!)

Pulling Teeth: a Julia Eff Double Feature (TWO ZINE SET!) imageThe new Julia Eff release is hands down one of the raddest, best-put-together, more-bang-for-your-buck presentations that we've seen in ages! Two mini zines, The World is Big Enough Without You and Let's Wreck Their Precious, Perfect Little Town, come packaged together. Let's Wreck is a plea for smallness, for rural zine fests and connectivity that goes beyond the numbing web of social media lameness. It's about friendship and gas station coffee and the beauty and joy in digging for culture in a cultureless town. The World is Big Enough is a lonely note to friendships lost, to growing up and growing apart, and might just be our favorite thing Julia's ever written! (Julia's writing gets better and better every day and if you only know their stuff from Every Thug, you need to catch up. Big progress is being made here, pals.)

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.

 

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 ...

 

Every Day Failures 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?)

Fixer Eraser, four brand-new issues bundled together as one! by Jonas

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Jonas of Cheer the Eff Up zine has released issues 1-4 of his excellent new series, Fixer Eraser, as a bundled pack! Here Jonas writes about love and good boots, pain and survival, about getting up when the world is telling you to stay down. Always one of our favorite writers, here Jonas has hit a new level of strong prose, well-formed ideas, and relatability. Part beautifully-written per-zine, part self-care pep-talk, Fixer Eraser is the best new series we've come across this year. A Hard Fifty Farmhouse favorite. Much recommended.

Big Diamond #2 by Liam Ira Christian

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Coming this week! Big Diamond is 3 year old Liam Ira Christian's debut photo zine! He takes the photos, does the cut 'n' gluestick layouts, and writes (well, dictates) the hilarious/weird/brilliant/amazing captions.

 

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

How to Lose Friends and Irritate People 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.

Sad Kid Solidarity edited by Ollie Elizabeth

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Put together by Ollie Elizabeth, Sad Kid Solidarity is about heavy/mean/awful beasts like depression and anxiety and self-harm and PTSD, and at the end of the whole thing you'll be left feeling a little less alone. That's what we look for when we pick up zines for the Pioneers Press catalog, the ideal really.

What makes SKS such an important read is there's no preaching or fumbled attempts at answers. (Read: this is not self-help. Self-care, yeah, but you won't get any "oh it'll-be-fiiiiiine, just pray to a fucking crystal" new-age platitudes here.) Rather, Ollie has collected submissions from sad kids all over who detail a day in the life, broken up list-style and by time. Example: "9:25--you're sitting with your roommate on her bed, and the fact that she exists and that she loves you is enough" or "3am--Lay in bed/contemplate life/(try not to) cry over all the things."

 
 

Book and Zines Published by Pioneers Press!

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

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COMING SOON! 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

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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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  • Every Sunday of the Month! Holy Cow Market and Music, Kansas City, MO
  • NYC Anarchist Bookfair, April 17-18th
  • Chicago Zine Fest, May 8th-9th
  • 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.