RED SUGARCANE PRESS was created in 2012 as an independent press to present the rich culture and history of the Puerto Rican, Latino/Latina and African Diasporas in the Americas. We publish well-known and emerging artists whose distinct voices and artistic styles break new ground, broaden our understanding, inspire and promote dialogue, and entertain.
RED SUGARCANE PRESS is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and views toward advancing a more humane and just world.
Publisher and Executive Editor
Originating 8,000 years ago in New Guinea, the sugar plant traveled east and expanded west to Spain. In 1492, European powers began the colonization of the Western Hemisphere, and, for more than three centuries, captured and transported more than 10 million Africans to work as slaves on plantations, mostly in sugar production.
Africans in the Americas fought the enslavement uniting with indigenous peoples, and runaway slave communities became bases for resistance, raids on plantations, and revolts. Escaped slaves continued the African traditions, religious systems, music and language arts that thrive to the present day.
When slavery was officially abolished, plantation owners turned to sugarcane laborers at meager wages. Today, the history of sugarcane production continues in many parts of the world under unjust labor conditions.