March is Women's History Month and
Small Press Month, making it one of our favorite months of the year. This year we're keeping it local by highlighting some of our favorite Oregon-based, women-led small presses. The presses below boast diverse staffs and catalogs, but share the distinction of having women in prominent positions as founders, publishers, or editors.
Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll add them to the list!
Ashland Creek Press
Award-winning author Midge Raymond and John Yunker are the cofounders and editors of Ashland Creek Press. Their catalog focuses on environmental themes (ecology, animal protection, environment, and wildlife), with a special interest in novels with ecological themes.
Founded by four women in 1976 and still led by an all-female editorial collective, CALYX is committed to publishing “fine literature and art” by women. CALYX focuses on diverse and underrepresented writers and ideas, and emphasizes the discovery and publishing of emerging voices.
Forest Avenue Press
Founded in 2012 by Laura Stanfill in Portland, Oregon, Forest Avenue Press publishes literary fiction, often with a speculative bent.
Hawthorne Books is helmed by founder, publisher, and editor Rhonda Hughes. The press specializes in literary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on narratives that straddle the lines between essay, memoir, and fiction.
Portland’s Tavern Books, which specializes in poetry, is led by editors Natalie Garyet and Carl Adamshick. While Tavern’s entire catalog of chapbooks, reprints, and original works is diverse and beautifully designed, the press is especially well known for its Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series, which “exists to champion exceptional literary works by young women poets [under 40] through book publication in The Living Library, the Tavern Books catalog of innovative poets ranging from first-time authors and neglected masters to Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel Laureates.”
KMA Sullivan is the publisher of YesYes Books and coeditor-in-chief of the literary magazine Vinyl. YesYes publishes poetry, fiction, and experimental art, and champions the voices of women, writers of color, and LGBTQ writers.
Concrete Wolf and MoonPath Press
Lana Hechtman Ayers is the managing editor of local press Concrete Wolf and its PNW-focused imprint MoonPath Press, both of which specialize in poetry collections.
Other notable, national women-led small presses:
Aunt Lute Books
Bedazzled Ink Publishing
Bold Strokes Books
Elly Blue Publishing
(imprint of Microcosm)
Shade Mountain Press
Two Sylvias Press
For a more extensive, state-by-state guide to women-run small presses, visit VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
Craving more small press info?
Check out last year's list of 24 of Our Favorite Small Presses