Paris Press raises our glasses to the spirit of our literary friends and inspirations. Here’s to their courage, wisdom, and their great and saving wit. May we all keep their essential work known far into the future.
Paris Press is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit press publishing literature by women writers that has been overlooked by the commercial and independent publishing worlds. The Press publishes books on subjects that have been undervalued — Sisters: An Anthology; On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf; The Bosnia Elegies by Adrian Oktenberg; Tell Me Another Morning by Zdena Berger — as well as stylistically ground-breaking yet neglected work — Houdini: A Musical by Muriel Rukeyser; Visa for Avalon by Bryher; Solitude of Self by Elizabeth Cady Stanton; and Ruth Stone’s Ordinary Words.
Founded in 1995 in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts, Paris Press publishes one to three books per year. 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 (1996); Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson (1998); Ruth Stone's National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Ordinary Words (1999); Virginia Woolf's book-length essay On Being Ill; and Bryher's Visa for Avalon (2004), The Player's Boy, with an introduction by Patrick Gregory (2006), and The Heart to Artemis: A Writer's Memoirs (2006). Our most recent title is National Jewish Book Award Finalist Tell Me Another Morning by Zdena Berger (2007), complete with an online Reading Group Resource and Discussion Guide and Study and Resource Guide.
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, and The Boston Globe. Paris Press books are available online and in bookstores nationally and in Canada through our distributor, Consortium Book Sales and Distribution (1-800-283-3572), and directly through the Paris Press office and website.
The Press sponsors readings and educational outreach programs for students and adults throughout the United States. These events take place in libraries, colleges and universities, secondary schools, community centers, museums, senior centers, bookstores, and at conferences. Most recently, the Press has sponsored celebrations honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Solitude of Self, featuring Rose Styron, Geraldine Brooks, Carol Gilligan, and Marcia Randol, as well as Vivian Gornick and Paris Press director Jan Freeman, reading from Stanton's work and discussing her life. Paris Press outreach events and readings have been featured in the national and regional print media, and on national radio shows and local television news affiliates. Program audiences are diverse in age, gender, economic level, ethnicity, sexual preference, and education.
Paris Press books are taught in secondary schools, colleges, and universities around the U.S., including Bennington College, Deerfield Academy (MA), Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas-San Antonio, and the University of Virginia, and the University of Alaska.
For information about scheduling readings and outreach programs, please contact Jan Freeman, the Executive Director of Paris Press, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and organizations; large and small contributions from individuals; and through book sales to individuals, libraries, reading groups, and university and secondary schools for course adoptions. The Press welcomes feedback about our publications and outreach programs. For general comments and questions, please contact us at email@example.com.