About the Press

Bone & Ink Press is a small press based in southeastern Wisconsin, founded in 2017 by Jessie Lynn McMains. Jessie Lynn remains the sole proprietrix/editor of the press.


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 five titles per year--some combination of anthologies, books and chapbooks by individual authors, micro-chaps, zines, etc. We may wind up publishing more than that, but we want to make sure we have the time and energy to put our all behind each publication. 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.


On the subject of money (ugh): as of right now, we can't pay journal contributors, and we can only pay chapbook authors a small amount. The goal is to be able to pay writers at a competitive rate, and also hire artists to design the chapbook and zine covers, but right now we can't. If you'd like to help us reach our goal sooner rather than later, please consider buying our publications and tipping us on Ko-fi. Also: submissions are free, and will remain free even when we are able to pay everyone. No one will ever have to decide between eating that day and submitting to Bone & Ink.

About the Journal

Bone & Ink Literary Magazine was founded in January 2018 by Jessie Lynn McMains. In March 2018, Khaya "Khalypso" Osborne joined the team as a poetry reader. Khaya was promoted to Poetry Editor as of January 2019, and in February 2019 Arielle Burgdorf and Nico Andre joined as Fiction Editor and Social Media Manager, respectively.

Editor-in-Chief/Non-Fiction/Hybrid/Art Editor

Jessie Lynn McMains is a poet, writer, zine-maker, small press publisher, and spoken word performer. They are the author of multiple chapbooks, including The Girl With The Most Cake and forget the fuck away from me (Bone & Ink Press, February 2019). They have been publishing their own and others’ writing in zines and chapbooks since 1994, and have been performing their work across the US and Canada since 1998. They were the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, WI, and currently write a reoccuring column for Pussy Magic. You can find their personal website at recklesschants.net, or follow them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram @rustbeltjessie

Poetry Editor

Khalypso is a Sacramento-based activist, actor, and poet. They are fat, black, neurodivergent, queer, and an agender badass. Their work can be found in Francis House, Rigorous Journal, Blood Orange Review, and Shade Journal, as well as a few others. Their chapbook, THE HOTTENTOT LIGHTS THE GAS HERSELF, was a runner up for the 2018 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize. They are the 2019 Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate, a Leo-Virgo cusp, in need of more friends, and you can find them on Twitter at KhalypsoThePoet. If you’d like to support their work and efforts in activism and poetry, you can Paypal them here.

Fiction Editor

Arielle Burgdorf is a writer from Washington, D.C. currently pursuing her MFA at Chatham University. She makes queer, punk, feminist, experimental prose in many forms. Her work can be found at Crab Fat Magazine, Horse Less Press, many gendered mothers, and various bathroom walls. 

Social Media Manager

Nico Andre is a queer nonbinary black author, podcaster, and coffee enthusiast. As a university student, they sometimes have a hard time balancing the need to finish schoolwork with the desire to write their own works (be it fan fiction or the books they’ve been trying to finish for the last five years). Currently, they live in Germany, fuelling their imagination for future works and missing their fantastic partners (and their dogs). Find them on twitter @thedaedpoets or on tumblr at theunacceptablepylades

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