A publishing press like no other

"We take our stand on solidarity of humanity, the oneness of life, and the naturalness and injustice of all special favoritism whether of sex, race, country, or condition. If one link of chain is broken, the chain is broken."

Anna Julia Cooper

We are looking for writing with no holds barred: visceral, subtle, loud, honest, confounding prose that tackles a personal or universal truth and that makes us see the world around us more clearly or from a different perspective. Whether the manuscript deals with themes related to social justice, persecution, feminism, or reveals something about what it’s like to struggle through this world, with all the related losses and triumphs and unanswered questions that entails, we want to read it! Our past publications explore these themes with an additional focus on intersectionality.

We are open to nonfiction and fiction submissions, short stories, and long-form prose. Above all, we are interested in superb writing that allows readers to question their place in the world and the nature of humanity at large. We can’t wait to read your work!​

Lisa Pegram

Acquisitions Editor

She is a writer, literary publicist and arts integration specialist. Author of Cracked Calabash (Central Square Press) and Larry Neal Writers’ Award finalist, her poetry and essays have been published by Random House, Black Classic Press, L’Officiel, Atlas Obscura and The Independent, among others. As a developmental editor, she has worked with authors on books that span memoir/autobiographical fiction, creative nonfiction, food writing, and middle grade. As a literary publicist, her mission is to amplify the voices of writers from communities underrepresented in publishing. She served as DC WritersCorps program director for a decade and has taught creative writing at the college and postgraduate levels. She also has over 20 years of experience in literary program design for such organizations as the Smithsonian Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art and National Geographic. Lisa completed her MFA at Lesley University and has an Executive Certification in Arts & Culture Strategies from UPenn. A Washington, DC native, she is currently based on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.

Read Lisa Pegram’s vision statement

Email Lisa: lisa@jadedibispress.com

Carmen Peters

Production and Marketing Manager

She works on both a micro and macro level to help the press’s authors, whether that is performing a final proofreading pass, getting manuscripts ready for publication, or coordinating with reviewers. A published fiction author herself, she is aware of the struggles and questions that arise on that side of the publishing business, and she strives to make sure the press’s clientele have a clear line of communication and know someone is always in their corner. Her latest work can be found in the anthologies Prismatic Dreams and Spoon Knife.

Email Carmen: marketing@jadedibispress.com

Ashley Perez

Editor for Scarlet (literary blog)

She is also a screen reader, production assistant, and other-hat-wearer. She lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for The Rumpus, The Weeklings, and Midnight Breakfast. You can also find her on Twitter: @ArtsCollide.

Email Ashley: scarlet@jadedibispress.com

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Crystal J. Hairston

Creative Designer

Crystal is a talented graphic designer based out of Atlanta Georgia. With over a decade of experience working with advertising agencies and small businesses, Crystal creates thoughtful, impactful designs for web, print and social media.

Jhamille Sagun

Production and Marketing Assistant

Jhamille is eager to celebrate inclusion, explore cultural conversations, and advocate for diversity in any form of storytelling. Across genres, she is interested in books from marginalized voices and nuanced perspectives. She has a soft spot for Asian literature, QBIPOC narratives, and morally gray characters. A student in life and school, she approaches all aspects of her role with discipline, a thirst for knowledge, an eye for details, and an easygoing attitude.

Elizabeth Earley

Jaded Ibis Press' Publisher

She is the author of A Map of Everything, a debut fiction finalist for the Lambda Literary Prize. Her second novel, Like Wings, Your Hands, won the Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize. It also won the 2019 American Fiction Prize for best LGBTQ novel, was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction by the Publishing Triangle, and was a 2019 Foreword INDIES Finalist.  She is the recipient of the David Friedman Memorial Prize for Fiction, has twice been a finalist for the AWP New Journals Award, has received two pushcart nominations, and was a finalist for the 2011 Bakeless Literary Prize for Fiction. 

Elizabeth Earley holds an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her stories and essays have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The First Line Magazine, Fugue, Hair Trigger, and Glimmer Train among other publications.

Email Elizabeth: elizabeth@jadedibispress.com

Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins is an operations and strategy expert who currently manages the Business Operations team at LeaseLabs by RealPage, a digital marketing company in the multifamily real estate industry. Born and raised in San Diego County, Anthony is passionate about innovating and implementing solutions that have a positive impact on his company and community. 

He is pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. He recently received a three-year Foster Emerging Leaders Fellowship, awarded to MBA candidates who have made considerable contributions to their organizations and have the potential to make a significant impact in sustaining and enhancing San Diego’s innovation-driven business community. Anthony also recently received a three-year Rady Scholar Award.

Kirsten Imani Kasai

Kirsten Imani Kasai is a writer, editor, and educator. A devotee of the Gothic, she is the author of three novels: The House of Erzulie (Shade Mountain Press, 2018), Ice Song (Del Rey, 2009) and Tattoo (Del Rey, 2011). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Transition, Arts & Letters, Existere Journal of Arts & Literature, Drunk Monkeys, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and The Body Horror Book. According to Foreword Reviews, “Kirsten makes the macabre beautiful.”

She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and teaches graduate creative writing, literature, and publishing at San Diego State University and Southern New Hampshire University.

Lily Hoang

She is the author of four books, including Changing, recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. She has two novels forthcoming: Old Cat Lady (1913 Books, 2016) and The Book of Martha (Insert Blanc Press, 2017). Her collection of essays, A Bestiary, won the inaugural Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest and is forthcoming in 2016. With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde

She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head and Prose Editor at Puerto del Sol.

Email Lily: lily@jadedibispress.com