Spinsters Ink

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Spinsters Ink
Industry Publishing
Founded 1978
Headquarters Tallahassee, United States
Key people
Publisher Linda Hill, Supervising Editor Katherine V. Forrest
Products Women's fiction books
Revenue N/A
Website SpinstersInk.com

Founded in Upstate New York in 1978 by Maureen Brady and Judith McDaniel, Spinsters Ink is one of the oldest Lesbian Feminist publishers in the world. It is currently owned by publisher Linda Hill, who purchased the Spinsters Ink in 2005.[1] Hill also owns Bella Books and Beanpole Books.


Spinsters Ink was founded by Brady and McDaniel and moved to San Francisco in 1982, where it was purchased by Sherry Thomas.[2]

The early history of Spinsters Ink is closely tied up with that of another feminist publisher, Aunt Lute Books.[1] Spinsters Ink merged in San Francisco with Aunt Lute Book Company in 1986, to form Spinsters/Aunt Lute. The Aunt Lute Foundation was established as a non profit publishing program in 1990, and the two companies separated again. In 1992 Spinsters Ink was purchased by lesbian feminist philanthropist Joan Drury and moved to Minneapolis.[2][3]

In 2001 Spinsters Ink moved to Denver, Colorado under Sharon Silvas, who brought back into print the classic Feminist Utopian novel, The Wanderground by Sally Miller Gearhart.[4] The press is currently owned by Linda Hill, and employs Katherine V. Forrest as editorial supervisor.[4]


Spinsters Ink has published many well-known women authors, including Sheila Ortiz-Taylor, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Paula Gunn Allen, Elana Dykewomon, Judy Grahn, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldúa, Val McDermid, and Cherríe Moraga. It has released several Lambda Literary Award winning books, such as Why Can't Sharon Kowalski Come Home?, Two-Bit Tango, and Cancer in Two Voices, as well as the bestselling Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism.[2] It received a Publisher Service Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. In 2012, When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution by Jeanne Cordova won the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award[5] for Lesbian Memoir.

Current writers include Lambda Literary Award winners Julia Watts and Katherine V. Forrest. Sheila Ortiz-Taylor continues to publish with Spinsters Ink. Its current catalog includes general, dramatic and genre fiction for women and lesbians.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Press Release: Spinsters Ink's Legacy to Live On, March 1, 2005 quoted [1]
  2. ^ a b c Hoshino, Edith S. Feminist Publishing, in International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia editors: Philip G. Altbach & Edith S. Hoshino, 1995, Routledge ISBN 1-884964-16-8, p134
  3. ^ Young, Stacey. Changing the Wor(l)d: Discourse, Politics and the Feminist Movement, Routledge, 1996, ISBN 0-415-91376-4, p44
  4. ^ a b Spinsters Ink
  5. ^ http://www.publishingtriangle.org/
  6. ^ [2] Spinsters Ink current catalog and publishing philosophy

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