Sunday, December 11, 2016

Order books directly from Tomas Moniz

Hi -- it's Tomas, founder and editor of RAD DAD & RAD FAMILIES!

  1. You can now order both books directly from me for the rad families in your life. Use the Paypal buttons to the right.

  1. I do have some back issues and magazines of Rad Dad but send me an email to see what's available.

  1. I also have various zines and my novella Bellies and Buffalos available; again, write and ask me about it.

  1. Finally, I no longer update this site with new essays. The archives contain lots of amazing samples of my writing and writing by other rad parents including the very first intro to Rad Dad #1 from 2005! 

Contact at
or write me at
PO Box 3555
Berkeley, CA 94703

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Online Orders on hold till December

If you wish to order either Rad Dad the book or Rad Families go to PM Press website or your local books store.

Any orders placed on this website will be filled in December.


Announcing RAD FAMILIES!

Hello, it's Tomas Moniz, editor and writer and creator of RAD DAD (zine, magazine, & books). After a hiatus following the release of our final magazine issue, we at the RAD DAD collective are back with an exciting birth announcement: RAD FAMILIES is due around September!
It's a vibrant & necessary anthology of writings by so many amazing people (including a number of trans, queer, & POC voices) all examining what it means to create family!
Helps us spread the word, set up an event, & create community!
Questions email
In solidarity!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Call fro Submissions!!

RAD FAMILIES: Beyond Poop and Puberty
The Politics of Parenting
A RAD DAD Anthology
Call for Submissions - Share Widely

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Length: 500 – 2500 words
Email: with questions or proposals

We are open to people of all genders and, in particular, writers of color, queer and trans folks with a desire to write about their relationships to children, families and community.
In 2011 RAD DAD released an anthology that confronted the representation of fatherhood in the mainstream media. We shared stories about our failures and victories of everyday parenting addressing everything from sperm donation, struggling with internalized patriarchy, playground visits, race and so much more.
Now we are excited to announce the second anthology: RAD FAMILIES. And we need you!. We want stories about parenting from diverse, complex perspectives addressing and confronting parenthood and family in honest and vulnerable ways. Some possible themes: How do we stay connected to our communities once we become a parent (or how do we not lose people once they become parents)? How do we counter the mainstream narrative around issues of gender and race and class? How do we build community?

This anthology rises out of a need for community and a belief that social justice and social change begins with the families we choose to create, not necessarily the families we were born into. We want essays written by people who understand that 'the revolution begins at home.’ We want mothers, fathers, grandparents, tí@s, caregivers, allies, friends, activists, teens and kids themselves to submit.

Some areas we are particularly interested in exploring in this book include adoption, alternative family structures, parenting children with special needs, essays addressing race, sex positive parenting and so much more.  Let us know what ideas you have!

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Length: 500 – 2500 words

Email: with questions or proposals

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Out Now!

Full of beautiful birth stories, words of advice from parents of older children, essays on empty nesting, dealing with schools, and confronting racism and white privilege. Zine reviews too!
Get it for your family!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

If you haven't yet, order the final copy now!

The time is nigh: here is the most amazing cover of the final issue of RAD DAD magazine! It has powerful pieces on getting pregnant, empty nesting, sending kids to school and police brutality. The cover art is by Ajuan Mance​ and design and layout by Kyle Knobel​ and Robert Trujillo​!

If you are a subscriber, your final issue will be coming in the mail soon.

You can also order copies of the past issue and the current one (Issue 3) to the right....

Sunday, December 21, 2014


A note to our subscribers: we will be releasing the third issue of 2014 and the final PRINT issue of RAD DAD magazine at the end January. We apologize for any inconvenience. Part of the reason for the delay was our desire to craft content based on it being our last print issue as we transition to other varying projects. We also felt it was imperative to pause production and do the necessary work in solidarity with events in Ferguson and New York (and countless other places). And we will continue to do so because black and brown lives matter! This will also be reflected in our magazine’s content. So spread the word and look for the issue in the mail and on newsstands in early 2015.

If you have any questions, please write to editor Tomas Moniz at tomas dot moniz at gmail dot com

Saturday, November 01, 2014

A letter of sincere and humble gratitude from Tomas, editor of RAD DAD.

 I find it comforting that I announce the end of RAD DAD magazine on Dia de Los Muertos, a day we honor and celebrate what has passed on, what we’ve lost, what we want to remember.
So it seems fitting RAD DAD should end this way on this day; there’s a symmetry I find reassuring because I also have a secret: RAD DAD was never meant to be just a zine or book or even magazine; it was a plea, a promise, a confrontation, a commitment, an action.
We went on for ten years, released 27 issues, organized countless readings and workshops and meetings. We raised over 9000 dollars and I want to sincerely thanks every person that has supported RAD DAD: the writers, the people who offered up their most vulnerable stories, shared their fears, their mistakes, the wisdom, painful and intense, earned from loving fearlessly and openly, from understanding that revolutions truly do begin and perhaps end with how we create our families.
You all taught us well.
You can still purchase the final issue of RAD DAD for 2014 here as well as back issues and other paraphernalia.
I end with something I wrote about my father who passed away. It’s from RAD DAD 12.

"On his last day alive, my father was feeling good enough to go to the library to get some books for his stay in the hospice. An hour later when he found us, he had a librarian with him holding a box of 27 books, most of them romantic novels. I now have someone to blame for my obsession with romantic comedies. 27 books for a man who had less than a month to live. I laughed and said: papa, how ‘bout like one or two?
My father said: chale, mijo, I can’t decide. They all look good. And plus you never know. You just never know.
Needless to say, we checked out every fucking book in the box and stacked them by his bed that afternoon. 
However, he never got a chance to read any of them because he died that night while I was flying home to gather my children. When I told the story to my daughters, they asked me, in their infinite wisdom, if I knew the titles of the books. I realized I didn’t and immediately picked up the phone and called my brother and asked him to write out all the titles.  Perhaps one day, I’ll read them."

Perhaps one day RAD DAD will be back. Perhaps someone else will start something new that we can support. Perhaps we’ll meet in the streets, kids in tow, ready to help make the world a better place.
Because you never know.
You just never know.


If you are not a subscriber for the 2014 year, there is still time to purchase either (or both) the summer issue out now and the upcoming final issue out in December at  RAD DAD