About Lavender Ink / Diálogos 


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About Lavender Ink and Diálogos

Lavender Ink was founded in 1995 in New Orleans by Bill Lavender, who is still the Director and Editor in Chief. The Press is a sole-proprietorship funded solely by revenues from book sales and some small grants and funding initiatives for individual books. Prior to 2012 the press published only poetry, but is now publishing fiction, nonfiction and other genres, also. Diálogos is an imprint of Lavender Ink devoted to literatures which have cross-cultural significance, primarily but not exclusively literature in translation. It is envisioned, too, that such work will often have a political component. Submissions are peer-reviewed via a large network of poets, writers and scholars around the nation. Many of the authors and translators in our current list peer-review new submissions.

Sales and Distribution

Individual buyers should simply shop this web site; direct sales represent our best margin and thus are a great help to us. We also deal directly with bookstores and libraries via this site; if you represent a retailer, please email orders@lavenderink.org and we will send you a coupon code which will give you your trade discount.

Formerly distributed by Small Press Distribution, we were affected by SPD’s dissolution in early 2024, which lost us hundreds of books and thousands of dollars. We are now distributed to the trade by Asterism and, for certain titles at least, Ingram. 

Submissions Policy

We are interested in any work of literary merit in any genre, including anthologies or collections, though in general we take submissions by invitation only. Submitters are encouraged, in fact admonished, to study our list before submitting.
We are interested in any work of literary merit, normally in the broad categories of Contemporary Poetry and Fiction and Literature in Translation. The two imprints emphasize the following:
Lavender Ink: Contemporary Poetry, Fiction and other genres in English.
Diálogos: Works of international or cross-cultural significance, including works in translation and/or any work which engages multiple cultures.
While our two imprints represent different categories of publications, you need not concern yourself with which imprint you are submitting to.

For more information, please feel free to email editors@lavenderink.org