Dragon Cloud Press was established in 2021 by Renée Gerlich, to publish her Brief, Complete Herstory series. Read about the whole series here.
Renée is an artist and writer from Wellington, New Zealand, who is passionate about arts, literacy, feminism and healing. She was researcher for the 2016 documentary The HeART of the Matter, about the development and subsequent rollback of education reforms implemented by New Zealand's first Labour government, and was a panelist for the 2016 Peter Fraser memorial lecture. She has worked as an art history tutor at Victoria University, and her writing on arts and literacy has appeared in Education Aotearoa, Education Review, MENZA magazine, Freerange, FishHead, the Dominion Post, and Salient.
Since 2015 Renée's writing and activism has focused on women’s issues. Essays from her blog, reneejg.net, have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Norwegian and Serbo-Croatian. She is a contributing author to the 2021 anthology Spinning and Weaving: Radical Feminism for the 21st Century, and her writing has appeared on Canadian website Feminist Current.
She was a panelist at Seeking Feminist Future, an event hosted by Sydney University in February 2020, and her 2019 talk Transgenderism, Neoliberalism and Rape Culture, delivered with the International Women’s Day committee in Brisbane, can be viewed here.
Renée has no organisational or institutional affiliations: she asks her own questions, seeks her own answers, and speaks her own truth. Her feminist work has involved regular exhibitions and stunts, and a fair amount of backlash! You can read about her Phantom Billstickers ban here, and see her interview on TVNZ’s Q&A here.