Why Kore Press?

"I used to think the function of art was the transformation

of sorrow, but I now think it is the transformation of consciousness." —Jane Miller

Kore Press inspires women and girls with award-winning publishing, innovative programming, and youth empowerment—a literary activist trifecta we have not found anywhere else.

We believe that lifting up "half the sky" is the way to create long-term, sustainable change and a luminous future for all.


Why membership?

Join other writers, thinkers & innovators who believe that investing

in women and girls is imperative

Artwork by Shelagh Mulvaney

We invite you to become a friend of the Press with a Kore membership and participate in a unique, national community.

Memberships directly help Kore Press advance its mission of sustainable, progressive social change through literary activism. All members are part of the Kore Press Sexy Brain Trust, a diverse collective of creative thinkers who contribute their intellectual capital to conversations to collectively imagine more luminous futures for women and girls.

Together we must boldly act with brilliance to build a sustainable and luminous pipeline for women's words! Bring your voice to the conversation. Keep Kore in the game of inspiring women and educating girls. Become a member today.


Why women & girls?

* 12 of the 102 Nobel Prizes in Literature have gone to women

* Since 1948, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has gone to 16 women & 42 men

* Since its inception in 1923, Time Magazine has had one female editor

* 26% of the members of the New York Times editorial board are women, 35% at The Wallstreet Journal, and 33% at the LA Times


For 21 years, Kore Press has been dedicated to lifting up the voices of women and grrls through literary activism. We inspire women writers and support their creative genius in order to maintain a vivid stronghold for the voices of women and girls in our collective mind. We are one of four feminist presses in the country that has lasted over 20 years, the only one to publish more than 5 literary titles/year by women AND invest in the next generation of female leaders. Our goal is for Kore to be a bright, shiney light for ALL women and girls who write!


Kore Press is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization made possible only by grants, book sales, submissions fees and gifts from individuals like you.


Kore Press mission

As a community of literary activists devoted to bringing forth a diversity of voices through works that meet the highest artistic standards, Kore Press publishes women's writing to deepen awareness and advance progressive social change.






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Writing & Programming

Adria Bernardi's Dead Meander, published by Kore Press, wins IPPY Bronze medal in creative non-fiction!

The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 3,300 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world.

Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to "the big five" conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding -- and that gives adventurous readers an abundance of new choices.

The medal-winning books were celebrated on May 28th during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in New York, with gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions awarded. This year’s contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas.


2014 First Book Award Winner Monica Ong

$1,000 plus publication for "Silent Anatomies,"selected by Joy Harjo.

Monica Ong is a poet and artist dwelling in experimental spaces. She completed her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital Media, and is also a Kundiman poetry fellow. Her work has been published in Seneca Review, Drunken Boat, Glassworks Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, and others. An exhibiting artist for over a decade, she draws from her professional design practice to innovate on the alchemy of text and image. monicaong.com

Joy Harjo says of "Silent Anatomies": This is one of the most unique poetry collections. It’s a kind of graphic poetry book, but that’s not exactly it either. Poetry unfurls within, outside and through images. The images are stark representations that include bottles that have been excavated from a disappeared age, contemporary ultrasound images of a fetus, family photographs and charts. They establish stark bridges between ancestor and descendant time and presence.This collection is highly experimental and exciting."

Contest details here.


2013 Short Fiction Award Winner

Myha T. Do

$1,000 plus publication of "To Boil Water," selected by Kate Bernheimer.

Myha T. Do was born in Anaheim, CA, and currently lives in Davis. She earned her BA in English and Comparative Literature from UCB (2007), her MFA in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College (2009), and her MA in English Literature from Mills College (2011), and is currently a PhD candidate of Comparative Literature at UC Davis. “To Boil Water” is part of her novel manuscript, Earshot.

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2014 Open Submissions is closed

MS are under review for 3-6 months; click here for guidelines





Female Veterans & Teen Grrls

The Listening Project

Supported in part by the Tucson-Pima Arts Council/KRESGE, The Southwest Foundation, and AZ Tax credit donors.

Keeping history real

by lifting up the voices of women & girls

A cross-generational, cross-cultural, civil discourse project in Tucson, AZ. Teen grrls created radio stories for public broadcast based on interviews with female veterans. Interviews will become part of on an on-line audio archive for civil discourse.

See the Listening Project on AZ Public Media

Visit the Grrls website, blog, and Facebook.









































Spring 2014

The Bright Field of Everything

poems by Deborah Fries

". . .packed with the telling of life beloved and ironic, full of ecstatic skepticism."---John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

$14, 6x9," 64 pgs, perfect bound 

River Legs

poems by Jen McClanaghan

2013 First Book winner chosen by Nikky Finney

"River Legs is a powerful and haunting debut"---David Wojahn

$15.95, 6x9," 80 pgs, perfect bound 


This Coalition of Bones

poems by Cori A. Winrock

"Winrock's is an intense and compelling voice. Tell your mama."

--Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

$15.95, 6x9," 88 pgs, perfect bound 

The Best of Kore Press: Poetry

edited by Ann Dernier

with Lisa Bowden, Gail Browne, Natalie Diaz, Niki Herd,

Rebecca Seiferle & Joni Wallace

Introduction by Alison Hawthorne Deming

"This is an important collection because it demands that we, as

female writers, not conform, rather, we must only write the things

that are in us to be written.”—Natalie Diaz

$15, 6x9," 88 pgs, perfect bound 


Sexy Brains tee-shirts designed by

the Grrls Literary Activism Workshop


Women's V-neck, dark gray with pink ink (women's XL, L, M, S)

Men's crew neck, white with pink ink (L & XL)

Kore Press T-Shirts