Board of Directors: Rachel Brownstein, Annie Finch, Jana Harris, Joan Cusack Handler, Eloise Klein Healy, Joan Larkin, Jan Ramjerdi

Prior 13th Moon editors: Ellen Marie Bissert, Marilyn Hacker

Prior Little Magazine editor: David Hartwell


13th Moon Books began publishing in 2009We are an expansion of the 13th Moon Magazine, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation Using 19th Century publication methods and 21st Century technology, we hope to challenge current publishing hierarchies and make it again possible for publishers to distribute and readers to find a greater variety of literature. We publish and distribute books in a variety of formats that help them to find and develop their audiences. These formats include serialization in our two journals when appropriate, editions for advance subscribers, print runs targeted for specific sets of readers, and simultaneous print and digital media versions.  Each of our books will be distributed first to our subscribers at a substantial discount (this is the 19th Century part of our approach)  and then to general readers at the bookstore / news stand price.  Using 21st Century technologies, all books will be published in simultaneous print and digital media versions.  We hope that you, our readers, will be excited by the opportunity to subscribe to exciting new literature and read the new authors before mass market readers discover them!

13th Moon: A Feminist Literary Magazine is a home for women writers, and people who want to read their work.  It was founded in 1973, in the glow of the second wave of feminism. The founding editor was Ellen Marie Bissert, who was followed by Marilyn Hacker.  In Albany,from 1987 to about 2003, the fiction editors were Judith Fetterley and Hollis Seamon, and the poetry editors were a collective working with Judith Johnson.

Although much in literary life has changed for the better, the need for our journal has not diminished.  We still need a publishing space in which women need not accommodate to the surrounding norms. Because the surrounding culture has tended to erase women writers from history, our work has needed rediscovery and preservation anew for each generation. Those differences which have characterized women's writing in traditional modes have often been either ignored or erased as defects or failures, rather than understood as distinctive values.  At the same time, those of us who believe, with Audre Lorde, that we "cannot dismantle the master's house with the master's tools," are often excluded from or remain peripheral to male-dominated avant-gardes, needing to modify our work to fit those norms.  13th Moon ignores the constricting splits between traditional and avant-garde that mark much 20th and 21st Century literary polemic.  We believe that once we place women's work at the center of either traditional or innovative modes of writing, the definitions both of tradition and of innovation must change, the norms and the boundaries shift, and the critical conversation around them be transformed.  We welcome writing and art that engages with any of these questions.

The Little Magazine: A Journal of Literature in New Media, our second journal, was founded in 1965 as The Quest  by Alexis Levitin, and later edited by Tom Beeler and David Hartwell. In 1970 Hartwell and Beeler changed its name to The Little Magazine.  It has had a distinguished history of publishing both traditional and contemporary forms. In the 1990s it was acquired by 13th Moon which thereupon restructured itself from a single magazine into a press with multiple publications.   It published a number of issues under the direction of Eugene Garber, in collaboration with Jan Ramjerdi and Ron MacLean. Upon Garber's retirement, Don Byrd replaced him as editor.   

Byrd transformed it to a digital media journal, and mentored successive editorial teams, alternating between online and CD-Rom formats.   Upon our relocation from upstate New York to New Jersey, we formed a new editorial team. 

Since Byrd so presciently moved us to hypertext formats we have published two 3-issue volumes, each with its first issue a multimedia CD-ROM, and its subsequent issues online .  Each of the online issues stays up until the next CD-ROM issue appears, at which point it is taken down and moved to a CD-ROM available to subscribers. The Little Magazine is not interested in simple digital transcriptions of poems and fiction from their original print formats.  Instead, we seek multimedia, visual, or oral/aural cybertexts intended to explore the boundaries of electronic word and voice art, and innovative poetics essays discussing and / or exemplifying such work.