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.

Our interest is in contemporary works that reflect the passions and convictions of people's lives and struggles.  As poets, playwrights, and essayists, the authors of RED SUGARCANE PRESS also recover forgotten or unknown stories from the journeys of indigenous and African peoples in the Americas who from enslavement to the present have triumphed through the courage and tenacity of many generations


RED SUGARCANE PRESS is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and views toward advancing a more humane and just world.


Iris Morales

Publisher and Executive Editor




History of Sugarcane

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.