Susan Hawthorne has worked in publishing for more than three decades at Penguin Books Australia and then as co-founder with Renate Klein of Spinifex Press in 1991. In 1985 she organised a nine-day women writers festival, The Language of Difference; from 1987-1991 she initiated two Feminist Book Fortnights across Australia; and in 1994 was the Chair of the 6th International Book Fair in Melbourne. She has always worked by Valerie Solanas' maxim to unwork the system by ensuring the visibility of Indigenous, lesbian, working class and migrant writing. Over the years she has built lists from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East intersecting with works by lesbians. As a radical feminist publisher building what is now fashionably called 'diversity' into lists has been part of her work since at least 1985. She is the author of many articles on feminist publishing and of the book Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishers (2014) which has been translated into Arabic, French, German, Spanish and Czech. From 2012 to 2016 she was the English Language Network Co-ordinator for the International Alliance of Independent Publishing. She has won a number of awards for her work in publishing and taught Publishing Studies at several universities. She is an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, Townsville.