About us


Established in 2016, PALOMA PRESS is a San Francisco Bay Area-based, Filipino American women-led, independent literary press. We are founded in the belief that the literary arts can create empathy, bridge divides, and change one’s world. At our core is kapwa, a force that strengthens communities, and nourishes connections and shared identities. Our mission is to publish poems and prose that have the power to inspire and reshape our creative futures. To this end, we have released fundraising books, and continue to donate a portion of our proceeds to nonprofits committed to working for racial and environmental justice, animal welfare, human rights, and marginalized communities. Some of our representative authors include: Ivy Alvarez, Cynthia Buiza, Robert Cowan, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Jeanne-Marie Osterman, Barbara Jane Reyes, Jacki Rigoni, Christopher X. Shade, Lara Stapleton, Leny Strobel, Eileen R. Tabios, and Jean Vengua.


Paloma Press was founded by Aileen Cassinetto, an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and Commissioner on the Status of Women for San Mateo County, California. Our founding advisors are Eileen R. Tabios, award-winning author of over 60 books, and Remé-Antonia Grefalda, founding director of the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection at the Library of Congress. Our in-house creative designer is C. Sophia Ibardaloza, a de Young Open artist.


We have books already scheduled for release and are unable to accept submissions, or respond to queries, at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

For questions about our catalog, please email editor [at] palomapress.org.


As of October 2022, Paloma Press is fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media (IAM), a California nonprofit organization that has brought a vibrant array of accessible, affordable media and arts services for producers in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20 years. Being fiscally sponsored will allow us to build capacity, expand our publishing operations, and launch new programs such as The Mana Creative Futures Project which will support, celebrate, mentor, and partner with culture makers in the region to help widen our understanding of what it means to reimagine all of our possibilities. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation.

Here you will find encounters between profoundly different cultures, the authors working their way through threads of humanity or animality and mythology like fibers twisted in varied textures and hues throughout a shawl. What, in this human condition, is worthwhile?

Dr. Jean Vengua