Meet The Founder

Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber

ang, founder of Tehom Center Publishing, with books

Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber is the award-winning author of eight books, with five featured on QSpirit’s Top LGBTQ+ Religion List. She holds a Ph.D. in Art and Religion and her work has been featured in Forbes, HuffPo, NPR, The Independent, Ms Magazine, and the television show Tiny House Nation.

Over a decade ago, after protests from Westboro Baptist Church, a thick stack of hate mail, and even a few death threats, she decided two institutions had become too toxic for her as a queer woman. The first was the church. Interestingly, she was its pastor. The second was the academy where she was a professor. 

ang, founder of Tehom Center Publishing, with books
Angie, Founder of Tehom Center, Headshot
Angie, Founder of Tehom Center, Headshot

In the ten intervening years, she published 8 award-winning books with 4 different publishing companies. She realized, however, that most independent publishing companies don’t understand the nuances of what it means to be a feminist or queer writer; they certainly don’t know how to market us.

Around this same time, two dear friends and colleagues—who are both smart, savvy business women—each spent over $40,000 (yes, you read that correctly) on a hybrid publishing company promising to help them write and publish a book, leveraging said book to build a million-dollar business. Both friends are now over $40,000 in debt and those businesses don’t even exist anymore because they never made enough to cover their initial investment.

That’s because they signed with what she believes was a predatory publishing company. And what makes that publishing company so egregious is that they prey upon marginalized women with the promise of riches.

One of her favorite writers is Gloria Anzaldúa, a queer Chicana feminist who claimed: “The world I create in my writing compensates for what the real world does not give me.” 

The “real world” has given us an old-school, white, male, predatory publishing industry that, at best, doesn’t understand the nuances of queer and feminist writing, and at worst, preys upon us for capital gain. She created Tehom Center Publishing to compensate for what the real world has not given us.