Updated October 2014


Kore Press Celebrates 20 Years

with a Benefit Auction & Garden Party

Sunday, November 10, 2013 2pm


Thank You to Mayor Rothschild and over 100 artists, businesses & generous sponsors who helped make a wonderful, successful day!

Event photos by Tom Willett here

See photos from the 2012 Auction event on Facebook and more photos here. See the 2012 art here

The Mayor, far left, next to co-founders Bowden & Falkenstrom, proclaims Nov. 10 Kore Press day in Tucson. The ribbon cutting marked the end of 2 decades of good, hard work, and set an intention for a robust and well funded future!

Adria Bernardi's Dead Meander

wins an IPPY Bronze

medal in creative non-fiction!

The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 3,300 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. This year’s contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas.

Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to "the big five" conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a

platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding-- and that gives adventurous readers an abundance of new choices.



Female Veterans & Teen Grrls

The Listening Project

Supported in part by the Tucson-Pima Arts Council/KRESGE, The Southwest Foundation, and AZ Tax credit donors.

Keeping history real by lifting up the voices of women & girls

A cross-generational, cross-cultural, civil discourse project in Tucson, AZ. Teen grrls created radio stories for public broadcast based on interviews with female veterans. Interviews will become part of on an on-line audio archive for civil discourse.

Hear the Listening Project radio stories on AZ Public Media

Visit the Grrls website, blog, and Facebook.

Kickstarter Success!

Thank You Kickstarter Backers
for saying YES to women writers

photograph ("Voracious") by Valerie Galloway

AWP 2013 Boston

Dawn Lundy Martin (right) & TC Tolbert at Troubling the Line panel.

Teen Grrls & Trans Youth

The Grrls Literary Activism Workshops

helping get the voices of young women and trans youth heard

Roads to Here and Now :: Raising Our Voices produced in collaboration with the Crossroads Collaborative

at the University of Arizona, 2013

a short film

Roads to Here and Now :: Raising Our Voices


view it here

A Large-scale Community Collaboration

see the Archive for Kore's


a funding initiative of

the NEA and ArtsMidwest




Working with Female Veterans

Coming in Hot opening dialogue across cultures and generations with the stories of female veterans

Adapted for the stage from the groundbreaking 2008 title Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, Coming in Hot is theater activism with curriculum for dialog about women in the military.

Visit the Coming in Hot: Civil Discourse website, blog, and Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011: Big Read finale

Click here for full info!

Kore Press throws a 3-part Birthday Bash For Emily D!

1.) "Delight—becomes pictorial:

A Visual Lexicon of Dickinson's First Lines"

29 artist exhibit respond to Dickinson. Curated by Heather Green & Valerie Galloway, for Big Read Tucson

Big Read pop-up gallery: 429 N 6th Ave, #179

opening reception Dec 10, 5-7pm

Click here to see a preview of the artwork.


2.) Incredible Birthday Cake by Cathleen Dooley

Vicki Brown on strings: Etherton Gallery, 7:30pm

The bottom tier is Dickinson's black cake (adapted from her own recipe) covered in marzipan and fondant; the upper two tiers are coconut cake filled with white chocolate ganache and covered in fondant. 


3.) Performance Party: Hotel Congress, 8:30-11:30pm

Doors open at 8 p.m. / Show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday during this month's Second Saturdays Downtown. The Hotel's Performance Party starts at 8:30 with new, Dickinson-inspired music by

Maggie Golston & Brent Miles

Marianne Dissard (video)

Chris Black & Emilie Marchand

Amy Rude & Ryen Eggleston

St Maybe

& La Cerca

PLUS readings of 21st c translations of Emily D / theater & dance excerpts with New ARTiculations & Stories That Soar / mixes from the Emily Sound archive

Live t-shirt screen printing & other Emily bling

Engraved cake forks by Janet Miller

Mauricio Toussaint's "A Death blow is a Life blow to some"



Nov. 19, 2011: Kore Press and 9 Queens presented Emily Dickinson Tribute Chess Tournament


Three rounds of chess held outdoors to celebrate Dickinson’s sometimes puzzle-like poems and love of the garden. The tournament also featured poetry readings between matches and Dickinson-inspired prizes, and a fabulous lunch.


Nov. 20, 2011: Kore Press' Big Read presented A Community Showcase with Stories that Soar


Come together with the community to celebrate all the ways we've reimagined Emily Dickinson this fall. Performances include "Hope is a Story that Soars," a 30-minute multimedia presentation by Stories That Soar (inspired by 16 pieces of writing submitted by the community), an Emily D poetry slam by Logan Phillips and TYPS, performance by musician Daniel Slipetsky, and a reading of Dickinson's poems in Spanish by fabulous high school poets Sam and Alma. Plus, additional presentations by other youth and community members!

Nov. 5, 2011: Kore Press' Big Read presented

What Would Emily Say? An Unbridled Translation Workshop

Led by Elizabeth Frankie Rollins & Kristen Nelson

Spend the afternoon in conversation with the poems of Emily Dickinson using traditional and non-traditional translation methods and languages such as: homophonic translation, texting language, punctuation, Oulipo techniques, 21st c and other languages. Join us for a structured and unbridled workshop!  Bring paper, pen, cell phones, computers, foreign language dictionaries. Snacks included.

Elizabeth Frankie Rollins

Her writings include: two novels, Origin and Doctor Porchiat’s Dream, and a collection of short stories, The Sin Eater and Other Stories.


Kristen Nelson

photo by Sarah Dalby

You can find her work in: Tarpaulin Sky, Trickhouse, Cranky Literary Journal, Quarter After Eight, In Posse Review, you are here and Dinosaur Bees.

Oct. 26, 2011: Kore Press for Big Read Tucson presented This World is not Conclusion...

An Anne Waldman workshop


Reading through Emily Dickinson's poems, we will consider our own "ethopoetics" and what "nibbles at the soul." We will engage in several "experiments of attention," utilizing montage, dream, "story," collaboration, and a form of modal structure. Waldman will discuss her own praxis and composition in relation to her books: Manatee/Humanity (Penguin Poets, 2009) and The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011).

Poet Anne Waldman

Oct. 1, 2011: Kore's Grrls Literary Activists screened their short film at the Loft

in conjunction with AZ List's film "Miss Representation"


The Grrls' film explored media, sex, sexuality and self image.

Thanks to Pam Grissom & the Crossroads Collaborative with funding from the Ford Foundation!

Grrls Literary Activism Workshops help get the voices of young women and trans youth heard.

Grrls' mentor Jamie Lee with Aida Villareal-Licona

& Marigold Hall. photo by Kimi Eisele

Sept. 30, 2011: Zocalo Magazine features Kore Press' Big Read in Tucson


Click here to read "Coming Down from the Attic," article by Emily Gindlesparger.


This fall, Tucson will be all about Emily. Kore Press, local publisher of women’s literature, is bringing The Big Read to the Old Pueblo, with Emily Dickinson at the helm...


Image courtesy of the NEA Big Read

Sept. 22, 2011: Kore Press launched Big Read Tucson with a kickoff reception and keynote by Charles Alexander


Click here to view our photo album.


This lecture & reading marked the beginning of 10 weeks of Big Read Tucson events, Sept. 22 - Dec 10. Together with 40 partnering organizations, businesses, artists, scholars, libraries and schools, Kore Press will share Dickinson's work and life's story with the community in exciting and innovative ways.


Emily Cake

Aug. 2, 2011: Arizona Public Media interviews Kore Press Publisher Lisa Bowden about receiving the 2011 LUMIE Award


Click here to watch the interview with AZPM, and hear some exciting updates about Kore Press programs.

July 21, 2011: Kore Press receives NEA grant to host The Big Read in Tucson


Kore Press is one of 76 non-profit organizations receiving a grant to host The Big Read project this fall. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, The Big Read is an initiative to restore reading to the center of American culture. Tucson's Big Read will involve creative and educational community programming and events taking place between Sept. 22 and Nov. 13, 2011. Kore has chosen to celebrate the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and bring her prolific work to our community in active and meaningful ways. 

"We are thrilled to help bring folks together with creative programming around the poetry and life of Emily Dickinson. This is a tremendous opportunity for Tucsonans to talk and read together and perhaps find commonalities through a love of reading for pleasure instead of focusing on divisive politics and what is wrong with the state. It's truly a humane and delightful effort," said Lisa Bowden, Kore Press Publisher and Project Director.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

June 9, 2011: Kore Press won the 2011 LUMIE Award for an Established Arts Organization


Kore received the award for an Established Arts Organization at this year's Tucson Pima Arts Council LUMIES Awards. This prize is awarded to an organization functioning for over ten years, in recognition of their innovation, creativity and sustained excellence in their field.

Championing women writers and those underrepresented in the cultural mainstream, Kore Press has thrived as an independent press against difficult economic environments that easily favor corporations. Kore Press remains as one of only six feminist literary publishers in the country and is a leading voice for advancing progressive social change in Southern Arizona. As a platform for emerging writers, Kore renders personal attention to each writer’s work and always gives detailed feedback to enhance the writings of local writers. This organization has furthered the discussion of Tucson’s cultural and artistic future through activism projects and presentations in schools. Engaging local citizens, Kore Press will continue to make literary activism and social justice a priority in the years to come.

June 5, 2011: Kore Press hosted the 2011 Kore Press Annual Benefit Art Auction and Garden Party

Some of the finest minds and hearts in Tucson came together in community on June 5th to enjoy the sunset on the grass, collect art and win services for a good cause. We are thrilled to say this year was our largest Garden Party ever, with upwards of 200 people, including over 150 registered bidders and 75 artist and business partners.

The event was a huge success for many reasons. We raised a large portion of our annual budget, and had a fabulous evening together filled with art, friends, food and drinks.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our garden party. We truly appreciate all of our guests, as well as the many generous artists, sponsors and donors who made this event possible.

Click here to read our THANK YOU list


May 10, 2011: Kelcey Parker's For Sale By Owner wins 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Short Fiction

Kelcey Parker's For Sale By Owner (Kore Press 2011) is a collection of "gorgeous, sinister dreams" -- stories of motherhood, marriage, and the "twisted domesticity" of contemporary suburbia.


The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its fourth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.



May 4, 2011: Kore Press wins 2011 Innovations in Reading Prize from The National Book Foundation


Kore is one of four organizations in the country (selected out of 120) to be honored by the National Book Foundation with a 2011 Innovations in Reading Prize! The National Book Foundation awards prizes to individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.

For eighteen years, Kore Press has been defined by innovation. Whether it's publishing the highest quality women's literature, educating youth, or doing creative community programming, they have been on the edge of using literature to advance progressive social change. As a community of literary activists, Kore is dedicated to engaging the public through several visionary, creative writing projects.


May 2012: Kore Press Publishes Territories of Folding by Gender Queer poet TC Tolbert

Tolbert will be reading with Heather Nagami on Saturday, March 12, 2012 from 11:30-12:30 in the UofA Student Union Kiva Room.

TC Tolbert will be on a panel, "LGBTQ Poets & Identity: Creating Language" on Sunday, March 13, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 PM, in the UofA Student Union Kiva Room.

TC Tolbert, author of Territories of Folding

Grrls Billboards—$10 each!

In spring 2009, the Grrls Literary Activists designed and created billboards that were hung around the Tucson community to inspire change.

For more information on these and the Grrls project, visit the Grrls website, blog, or Facebook.

Interview with Lisa Bowden and Shannon Cain

This interview was originally published in the Summer '07 Poetry Contest Insider, a comprehensive online guide to poetry contests from Winning Writers. For a free 10-day trial, please go to

Jendi Reiter conducted this exclusive email interview with Shannon Cain and Lisa Bowden. The Tucson-based independent press was established in 1993 to publish literature by women.


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