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About us

Who we are

Lucy & Phyllis - a black owned and operated bookstore. Named after Lucy Terry and Phyllis Wheatly, two phenomenal authors who blazed a path before they knew there was one. Lucy Terry, the author of the oldest known piece of African-American literature, "Bars Fight," and Phillis Wheatley published her book Poems on Various Subject, Religious and Moral in 1773, three years before American independence.  

Lucy & Phyllis is committed to supporting voices of diverse authors in all 12 months - not just in February and operating in a manner that leaves our world a little bit better than how we found it.

Carbon Neutral Shipping

Sustainability matters to us and to our customers. Lucy & Phyllis calculates the carbon impact of every order using shipments weights and customer locations. We neutralize these emissions through carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

Projects like the Butler Solar Farm in Georgia, the Corinth Abandoned Mine Methane Recovery Project in Illinois, and the Bear Creek Watershed Forest Carbon Project in Oregon.

Planting a tree for every book sold

It’s now common knowledge that one of the best tools to tackle the climate crisis and keep our temperatures from rising above 1.5C is to plant trees. They are also crucial to preventing ecological collapse.

For every book purchase, Lucy & Phyllis plants one tree. To estimate, an average tree provides approximately 8,333 sheets of copy-type paper. So, one tree can provide 16.6 copies of a 1,000-page book.

Our tree planting partner The Eden Reforestation Projects plant millions of trees around the world each month. We are currently supporting their incredible work in Madagascar.