Real books for people
who give a damn.

 

Nonfiction for young adults.
Unapologetic, authentic, and politically relevant.

 
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Our Authors. Our Books.

 
 

We're thrilled to announce what's coming your way in 2020!
Stay tuned for awe-inspiring cover reveals and more exciting news to come.

 
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Stupid Black Girl
Essays from an American African Living in New York

By Aisha Redux
Illustrated by Brianna McCarthy

A provocative collection of narrative essays from Aisha Redux, with artwork created by Brianna McCarthy in response to the writing. Follow Aisha Redux on Instagram @stupidblackgirl and Brianna McCarthy on Instagram @macabrii.

 
 
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Crash Course
If You Want To Get Away With Murder Buy A Car

By Woodrow Phoenix

A work of graphic nonfiction that explores the powerful, often toxic relationship between people and cars. Follow Woodrow Phoenix on Twitter @mrphoenix.

 
 
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Shame Pudding
A Graphic Memoir

By Danny Noble

A graphic memoir celebrating the wacky Jewish grandmothers who nurtured the author from a kid struggling with anxiety to a teen finding her own voice. Follow Danny Noble on Instagram @mundy_morn.

 
 
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I’m A Wild Seed
Memories of Oppressed Queerness

By Sharon Lee De La Cruz

A graphic memoir sharing an understanding of queerness and its meaning for the author, as a woman of color. Follow Sharon Lee De La Cruz on Instagram @unoseistres.

 
 
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Spellbound
A Graphic Memoir

By Bishakh Som

A graphic memoir by a transgender artist exploring themes of gender and sexuality, memory and urbanism, love and loss. Follow Bishakh Som on Instagram @biche_bash.

 
 
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[Title To Come]

By Jim Terry

A graphic memoir by a Native American cartoonist in which he journeys from his childhood to finding a spiritual home and identity at Standing Rock. Follow Jim Terry on Instagram @jim.terry.73.

 
 

And in the works for 2021!

 
 
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[Title To Come]

By Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg

A graphic novel which is part memoir and part literary biography, weaving together events in the life of the writer Sylvia Plath with those of the author’s own teenage years. Follow Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg on Instagram at @lisa_rosalie.

 
 

Who we are.

 

At Street Noise we make books that combine words and images in a powerful way, as in nonfiction graphic novels and memoirs. Our books have a radical, intersectional feminist, queer and inclusive vision, and seek to provide a platform for the voices of marginalized people.

Photo credit: Ananeya Abebe

Photo credit: Ananeya Abebe

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world.
And you have to do it all the time.” —Angela Davis

What we believe in.

  • Truth and authenticity. 
  • The power of human creativity.
  • The awesome power of love.
  • Giving a damn and taking a stand.
  • Fighting the powers of racism and oppression.
  • Our duty to protect the earth.
  • Freedom from gender norms and stereotypes.
  • Respecting each other and appreciating our differences.

What we're thinking about.

 

We hope to be a part of the authentic, thoughtful and emotionally honest life that our readers are building for themselves. As part of a greater community of creative, engaged and free-thinking people, we are empowered to effect change, and to build the world we want around us.

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Liz Frances

Publisher + Founder

Why I do what I do.

  • I love books. I love how reading opens my eyes and stretches my brain. And I also love books as objects. I love the power of the typography, the illustrations, the cover design, and the way books feel in my hands.
  • I love working with talented, creative people and helping to bring their thoughts and stories to life.
  • I love making books for young adults because I believe they have the vision to create a better tomorrow.
 

For the past fifteen years, I have worked as an art director and book designer in the big publishing houses of New York City. I've enjoyed collaborating with many gifted writers, illustrators, graphic artists and editors. In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, I have become passionately driven to advocate for the power of love and compassion in the face of hate and oppression. I am creating Street Noise Books to provide a platform from which truth can be told, a place to share our stories, to foster community, and a means to build a future where all people are free and respected.

 
 

Connect with us.

 
 
Photo credit: Ananeya Abebe

Photo credit: Ananeya Abebe

Submission Guidelines

Street Noise Books uses the traditional publishing model, not self-publishing or a hybrid. And we are currently happy to consider unagented submissions from people with a fresh voice or perspective. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas, but your time and energy are precious, so before you consider submitting a proposal, please familiarize yourself with our overall mission to make sure we would be a good fit for your project. Then, if so, please send us the following:

  • A page or two that describes the purpose and main themes of the book. 
  • A tentative table of contents, with a short summary of each chapter. 
  • A one to five page sample of one of the chapters of the book.
  • Samples of illustrations or artwork, where appropriate.
  • Information about any comparable titles, already published or to be published.
  • Your bio, including any publishing credits or experience relevant to the book.
  • Your intended writing timetable.

We like either digital submissions or paper submissions by mail, but we cannot return materials. So, please do not send originals, or anything you want back.

 

Where we are.

Send actual mail to:
Street Noise Books
195 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

Send emails to:
liz@streetnoisebooks.com

 

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