MISTRESS is an online journal of poetry and short fiction by women.

Women of all genders, sexualities, ages, races, and creeds.

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ISSUE 04 Guest Editors

Katerina Black is a feminist writer, tarot reader, activist, and public librarian. She grew up in Arizona and DC, studied poetry and Russian literature in Amherst, MA, tried and failed to live in NYC, and now lives in Boston. She likes to read and write poetry that combines trauma with the every day. Find her at theartofselfdefense.tumblr.com.

Francesca Kritikos is from Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in the Museum of Americana, Fur-Lined Ghettos, Witch Craft, and more. She was also a finalist for the 2016 Nostrovia! Press Chapbook Contest. Her website is francescakritikos.co.

Caseyrenée Lopez is a queer poet, educator, and the founder of Crab Fat Magazine, TQ Review, and Damaged Goods Press. Follow them on Twitter @caseyreneelopez.


The photograph found on the pages of the our Web site was created by Rachel Statham and features writer Emily Siegenthaler.

Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

Rachel Statham is a librarian and poet. She has little to no credentials.

Special Thanks

Many, many thanks to our patrons Dan Biegner, Sue Derendal, Courtney Brooke Hall, Joseph Pereira, and Emily Siegenthaler for their endless support. MISTRESS would not exist without you!


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