About the Press

Bone & Ink Press is a small press based in southeastern Wisconsin, founded in 2017 by Jessie Lynn McMains. Jessie is still the editor, publisher, web mistress, and mailorder intern all in one. Vanessa Maki is the social media and promotions manager. (Bone & Ink Literary Magazine, the associated lit zine which ran from 2018-2019, had two editors aside from Jessie--Khaya Osborne as Poetry Editor and Arielle Burgdorf as Fiction Editor.)


We are committed to publishing the works of marginalized writers. We are committed to publishing writing that startles like a shout in the street. We aim to publish at least four titles per year--some combination of anthologies, books and chapbooks by individual authors, micro-chaps, zines, etc. And what do we mean by we are committed to publishing the works of marginalized writers? We mean that we are looking for thrilling feats of (literary) derring-do by LGBTQ+ writers, writers of color, women, disabled writers, neurodivergent writers, immigrant writers/people writing in English as a second language, etc. We're not making any rules like "we'll never publish anything by a straight white guy," but we will be focusing on publishing writers who are underrepresented in some way.

We are a very, very indie press, with small print runs. We do not use ISBNs, and we do not distribute through Amazon. We fund all our print runs through preorders and sales of digital copies, plus the occasional donation. After the initial cost of publication is outsold, we split all profits 50/50 with our authors. We are currently delayed in our publication schedule, due to lack of money / needing to find a new way to fund everything. We have a GoFundMe here, and you can always tip us on Ko-fi, or purchase one of our titles via Etsy or Payhip.

Staff Bios

Jessie Lynn McMains (they/she) is a multi-genre writer, small press owner, zine-maker, and dabbler in tarot, music, and visual art. They were the recipient of the 2019 Hal Prize for poetry, and were the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, WI. They are the author of several chapbooks, most recently Wisconsin Death Trip. Their first full-length book of poetry, The Loneliest Show On Earth, was published in February 2020 by Bottlecap Press. You can find their website at recklesschants.net, or find them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram @rustbeltjessie

Vanessa Maki is a queer writer, visual artist & blk feminist whose work has appeared or will appear in various places. She has self-published chapbooks & has several chapbooks forthcoming or out this year: the chosen one (Animal Heart Press), sweet like limes (Bone & Ink Press) & another final girl (Roaring Junior Press).