Collage The Handmaid's Tale by Samantha Derendal


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

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

ISSUE 03 Guest Editors

Tania Rios is a lover of language, of the imagination's abyss-like quality, of the Fantastic realm, of the watery collective unconscious. She's keen on poems that light up shadowed spaces; poems that touch the intangible and that elicit awe and power. She's graduated from Emerson College with a BA in writing, literature and publishing and hopes to someday further her studies in Latin American literature.

Nellie Prior is a writer of poetry, prose, and essays with a fresh BFA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College. She looks to poems to envelop her in a timeless bubble, to tickle the folded in bits of her mind. She likes to be jostled between laughter and despair, driven into a swampy cave and brought back to the surface either cleaner or dirtier than before; it amazes her that words carry this power. She teaches creative writing in elementary schools throughout Massachusetts and organizes a monthly poetry reading entitled Lunar Lit with a couple of friends in Northampton, Massachusetts. She also has several other interests which she would love to discuss with you.


The artwork found on the pages of the our Web site was created by Samantha Derendal and was inspired by Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. You can find more of Sam's artwork on her Instagram.

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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