Arktoi Books: Literature by lesbian authors


The Gafferthe GAFFER
-Celeste Gainey

Light is the preoccupation, vocation, and language of this debut collection of poems by the first woman gaffer to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

Spheres of DisturbanceSpheres of Disturbance
-Amy Schutzer

Over the course of one day in 1985, the last day of Helen's life, Spheres of Disturbance explores how we can bear to approach, or even choose, our inevitable end.


poems by Judy Grahan


Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, was established in 2006 by Eloise Klein Healy to publish literary works of high quality by lesbian writers. The mission of Arktoi Books is to give lesbian writers more access to "the conversation" that having a book in print affords. Submissions by both new and established authors are welcome. See the schedule below for submission dates. Each year the imprint will publish a minimum of one book.

Arktoi Books is named for the arktoi or "bears," young girls in the service of Artemis who lived for a year at her sanctuary at Brauron, east of Athens

The colophon for Arktoi Books was designed by Mark Cull, based on figures on a fragment of pottery unearthed at the Temple of Artemis Brauron. (Read more about Brauron)

Eloise Klein Healy, Founder & Editor

Eloise Klein Healy is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho. Healy's work has been widely anthologized in collections including The World In Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave; The Geography Of Home: California's Poetry of Place; Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals and Another City: Writing From Los Angeles. She has also published bio-bibliographic reviews of the poets Muriel Rukeyser and Elsa Gidlow.

Ms. Healy has been awarded artist residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Dorland Mountain Colony. She was the Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival Competition. The Founding Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita, she also directed the Women's Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman's Building in Los Angeles.

Healy is also the co-founder of ECO-ARTS, an ecotourism/arts venture.

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Nickole Brown, Publicist

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister, a novel-in-poems published by Red Hen in 2007. She graduated from the M.F.A. Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She also co-edited the anthology, Air Fare: Stories, Poems, & Essays on Flight, published in 2004. She has served as the National Publicity Consultant for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, as well as the Program Coordinator for the VCFA writing residency in Slovenia.

Nickole has worked at a nonprofit, independent, literary press, Sarabande Books, for ten years as Director of Marketing and Development. There she helped to garner national attention for the press and its authors, including reviews at The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She has arranged over 90 author tours. In November of 2008, Publishers Weekly ran an article featuring her work as a publicist for independent presses.

She currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is a Lecturer at Bellarmine University and teaches at the low-residency MFA program at Murray State. You can read more about her at :