Lefty Blondie Press publishes limited runs of carefully edited, handbound, hand-cut, and hand-numbered chapbooks. Each chapbook we publish receives the full attention of our editors and designers. We work closely with the poet during the design and layout process to create a chapbook that is a unique extension of the poems it collects.
Lefty Blondie Press promotes the poetry of woman-identifying and non-binary poets.
Through our annual Lefty Blondie Press First Chapbook Award, LBP promotes the finalists, and promotes and publishes the winner selected by that year’s judge. We pledge to publish at least one chapbook per year and plan to add more publications in the future.
Lefty Blondie Press is the creation of Amy Lee Heinlen and Marguerite Miller. LBP began in 2012 as part of their independent publishing experience in Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Due to the transient nature of the graduated graduate student, the press lay dormant for some years. In 2021, in the midst of social and personal upheaval, Amy Lee and Marguerite felt it was time to breathe new life into LBP.
Amy Lee Heinlen, co-founder, co-editor
Amy Lee Heinlen is the author of the chapbook, All Else Falls to Shadow (Dancing Girl Press). You can read her poems at poets.org, Stirring, Glass, Wicked Alice, Rogue Agent, and elsewhere. She was awarded an Academy of American Poets University and College prize and the Best Thesis in Poetry prize from Chatham University where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing for poetry and publishing. Amy Lee has been a mad-proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic since 2011. Visit her at amyleeheinlen.com
Marguerite Miller, co-founder, co-editor
Marguerite Miller is an English and Journalism teacher in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the Co-founder and Editor of Lefty Blondie Press based in Pittsburgh and a recent member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops through Carlow University. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and Editing and Publishing from Chatham University where her poetry thesis was a finalist for Best Thesis in Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in Mangrove, The Minor Bird, IDK Magazine, The Labletter Monthly Notes, Perversion Magazine, and elsewhere.
Todd Sanders, designer
Todd Sanders has been designing books for nearly 30 years and has designed more than 120 books of all kinds. He works with writers, non-profits, and poets to help them self-publish books. He also has his own publishing imprint at aanpress.com.