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

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

However, this is not about identity, as much as it is about relation. What makes us women? It’s our souls, not our physical selves. The purpose of this journal is to tell the world our stories. What experiences make women? What do we all have in common? So when we say “women,” we don’t mean just girls, ladies, lesbians, queers, queens, sisters, dykes, femmes, bitches, trans women (& men), drag queens, cross dressers, divas, goddesses, nymphs, priestesses, faeries, mothers, or women.

We mean perspective, experience, voice, feeling, expression. We mean YOU.

ISSUE 01 Guest Editors

Kate Lindroos is an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in North Amherst, MA.

Elmira Elvazova is an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of the self-published chapbook Careless Exhibits, which explores the relationship between real and imagined landscapes in poetry and painting. She lives in Northampton, MA.

Glynnis Eldridge has spent the last couple years living in Northampton, where she worked to develop community art projects (including a weekly writing group and seasonal open mics, a community darkroom, and a digital talent show). She is a writer, videographer, and student at Columbia University. She thinks a lot about astrobiology and different ways educational experiences are quantified.


The collage found on the homepage of the our Web site was created by Bopha Bun.

Editor-in-Chief & Publisher

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


We would like to thank those supporting the launch of MISTRESS. Building a permanent Web site, publishing ISSUE 01, and organizing the MISTRESS Release Reading would not be possible without them.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Email us at inquiries@poemmistress.com with any questions or concerns.

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