Danny Gardner, on Bronzeville

"Racism and colonialism have ensured greater access to publishing institutions for writers who favor the whiter, mainstream, wider end of the social cone. The right to portray is less a matter of correcting depictions and more a matter of recognizing the stakes for authors who do not fit within the visualized white mainstream. Authors who must compete far beyond what’s required to establish and maintain a career need platforms more than those who optically/culturally/socially fit in with American whiteness."

Renee Pickup, on Diversity

"Bronzeville is all about breaking down the dividers. No dividers, no subgroups. Bronzeville is a neighborhood. We all live here together, everyone’s invited to the block party. There’s no sign on the door telling anyone to stay out or come back later."

Meet the Team

Venturing forward with a new start-up in publishing, at a time when much uncertainty prevails, seems like a daunting prospect. Here are some of the folks who have come together to lead publishing into the new era:

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Danny Gardner

Founder & Brand Ambassador

Danny Gardner is the author of the 3-time, Award-nominated debut novel A NEGRO AND AN OFAY. He is a widely considered authority on race and class issues related to crime fiction. He is a sought-after speaker on the academic circuit. He is also a trusted business consultant specializing in brand, content, and product development.

His face and words have been in stuff produced by Hollywood, but he doesn't discuss that when he's being all serious and business-like.

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"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."

– Michael Jordan


Renee Asher Pickup

Publisher & Sr. Acquisitions Editor


Renee Asher Pickup is Bronzeville's first editorial leader, coming on board shortly after the company was founded. She is a Marine Corps vet and mellowed out punk living in Southern California. Renee writes fiction about bad things happening to flawed people, nonfiction that is critical of the status quo, and truly believes From Dusk Till Dawn changed her life. She serves as a member of Shotgun Honey's acquisitions Gauntlet, and she's likely been involved in most of the books you like since 2010 but you'd never know it because she's modest.

Are you a writer?

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