August 7, 2015
Alice James Books is a nonprofit poetry press, founded in 1973 by five women and two men: Patricia Cumming, Marjorie Fletcher, Jean Pedrick, Lee Rudolph, Ron Schreiber, Betsy Sholl and Cornelia Veenendaal. Their objectives were to give women access to publishing and to involve authors in the publishing process.
In 1994, the press moved from Harvard Square to Farmington, ME and became affiliated with the University of Maine at Farmington. The press educates up to 14 interns per year through individual writing apprenticeships.
In 2014, after celebrating its anniversary with the release of an anthology celebrating 40 years of AJB poetry, the press revised its cooperative structure to allow the separation of the editorial and business boards of the press. The aim of the separation is to allow greater focus on the individual goals of these two boards, while strengthening the financial health and viability of the press.
The press remains true to its original mission to publish and support women poets. It also is committed to publishing a diversity of poets including both beginning and established poets, and a diversity of poetic voices and styles by men, women, and transgendered poets of all ethnic backgrounds.