“Lesbian/feminist publishing is a relatively new, stubborn, but endangered phenomenon, and we do not have enough outlets.”
— from a 1983 letter by Sinister Wisdom editors, Adrienne Rich and Michelle Cliff
“This intersection of networks, of perspectives, of intellectual battles to conquer our territory as women, is essential to the emergence of our own culture, a culture which we enlarge like a horizon each time we publish, each time we critique or assess each other’s work.”
Co-founded by Mary Meriam and Risa Denenberg in 2013, Headmistress Press is an independent publisher of books of poetry by lesbians. As a small press, HP is dedicated to honoring lesbian existence, discovering a range of lesbian voices, and promoting lesbian representation in the arts.
Headmistress has published poetry by Mary Kathryn Arnold, Robin Becker, Nicole Brossard, Flower Conroy, Risa Denenberg, Laura Foley, Suzanne Gardinier, Janice Gould, Judy Grahn, Alyse Knorr, Joy Ladin, Eleanor Lerman, Colleen McKee, Marty McConnell, Marilyn Hacker, Jackie Kay, Jill McDonough, Mary Meriam, G.L. Morrison, Lesléa Newman, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Rita Mae Reese, Naomi Replansky, Rachel Rose, Sarah Sarai, Lynn Strongin, and Ann Tweedy. Our books have been praised by Ellen Bass, David Bergman, Lillian Faderman, Jewelle Gomez, Janet Mason, and Naomi Replansky.