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Paris Press was founded in 1995 to bring back into print Muriel Rukeyser's essential The Life of Poetry, essays about the need for Americans to live with the arts in our daily lives in order to be more sensate and compassionate individuals.

The Press is located in the foothills of the Berkshires in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts. Paris Press usually publishes one to two books per year and sponsors extensive educational outreach programs for each publication. The mission of the Press is to publish literature by women writers that has been overlooked by commercial and independent publishers. Our tag line is "daring and beautiful books," and we place special emphasis on beautiful design as well as essential and ground-breaking content. The Press publishes all genres.

Our distinguished titles include Muriel Rukeyser's The Life of Poetry with an introduction by poet Jane Cooper (1996); Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson (1998); Ruth Stone's Simplicity (1995) and her National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Ordinary Words (1999); Solitude of Self by Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Virginia Woolf's book-length essay On Being Ill with an extensive introduction by acclaimed Woolf biographer Hermione Lee; Bryher's Visa for Avalon (2004), with an introduction by biographer Susan McCabe, The Player's Boy, with an introduction by Patrick Gregory (2006), and The Heart to Artemis: A Writer's Memoir (2006); and National Jewish Book Award Finalist Tell Me Another Morning by Zdena Berger (2007), complete with an online Reading Group Resource and Discussion Guide and a Study Guide for classroom use.

Our most recent title is a 10th anniversary edition of Woolf's On Being Ill, this time with the addition of her mother, Julia Stephen's, book Notes from Sick Rooms, an introduction to Julia Stephen by Woolf specialist Mark Hussey, and an Afterword by Rita Charon. This paperback edition brings together mother and daughter in one volume for the first time, and offers a textual conversation between the two.

Paris Press books, authors, and the Press itself have received over 200 reviews and features in the national media, including The New York Times Book Review, "Fresh Air" (NPR), The New Yorker, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, and numerous regional publications.

Paris Press books are available online from our website ( and in bookstores nationally and in Canada. Paris Press books are distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution/Perseus (1-800-283-3572).

Through the new Eleanor Lazarus Educational Outreach Initiative, the Press sponsors readings and educational programs for students and adults throughout the United States. These events take place in eclectic venues, including libraries, colleges and universities, secondary schools, community centers, museums, senior centers, churches, bookstores, private homes, and at conferences.

Paris Press outreach events and readings have been featured in the national and regional print media, and on national radio shows and television news affiliates. Program audiences are diverse in age, gender, race, religion, economic level, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and education.

Paris Press books are taught in secondary schools, colleges, and universities around the U.S., including, Deerfield Academy (MA), Mercy Academy (San Francisco, CA), the University of Connecticut, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas-San Antonio, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Bennington College, the University of Arizona, and the University of Alaska. On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms is used as a course adoption in literature courses as well as in medical schools and medical humanities and narrative medicine programs.

For information about scheduling readings and outreach programs, please contact Jan Freeman, the Executive Director of Paris Press, at or by snail mail at Paris Press, P.O. Box 487, Ashfield, MA 01330.

Paris Press is funded primarily through grants from public and private foundations; large and small contributions from individuals; as well as through book sales.

The Press welcomes suggestions and feedback about our publications and outreach programs. We also welcome volunteers from around the US. For general comments and questions, please contact us at

Massachusetts Cultural Council