Publishing women is social justice work.

Kore Press was founded in 1993 by the creative visionaries Lisa Bowden—poet, printer, activist, bookmaker—and Karen
poet, organizer, literary activist, Taiko Drummer. The vision of the Press has been to publish and promote excellent works of stunning literary value and innovation by a diversity of women, including those traditionally underrepresented in the cultural mainstream and to educate young people about the power of voice and effecting change through literary activism.

Kore published Alison Deming's terse advice to Women Artists as their first publication—a letterpess printed broadside, called Girls in the Jungle, What Does It Take to Survive as An Artist. Since then, we have brought over 127 literary women into print.


"...Like amnesiacs in a ward on fire, we must find words or burn."—Olga Broumas


Kore Staff & Editorial

Board of Directors


Co-founders Lisa Bowden & Karen Falkenstrom, 1993.

in the Steinfeld Warehouse, Tucson.

Bowden & Falkenstrom with Mayor Rothschild, at the Press' 20 year celebration & proclamation of Kore Press day,

Nov 9, 2013, The Franklin House, Tucson.