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about us

We are a small indie press and a home for poetry written by women from all walks of life.  Born from a desire to find and nurture voices that would otherwise go unheard, we specialise in the compilation, editing and publication of collections centred on themes of womanhood.  Our bi-annual digital journal also features work from our online community of female poets, authors and illustrators from around the world.  We have a simple, one form submission process designed with busy creative women in mind, making it as easy as possible to gain that all-important first publication credit.  In a world where women writers' work still makes up just under 40% of publications*, blood moon POETRY is the place where women can be heard above the noise.

*VIDA count 2021 https://www.vidaweb.org/the-count/

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the women of blood moon POETRY

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Holly Ruskin

Editor-in-chief

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Holly is a mama and lover of women's words.  A freelance writer and Film lecturer, her work includes editing books and screenplays, writing essays and poetry.  Her words can be found in various publications; a collection of her poems on motherhood have been featured in the Amazon bestseller Not The Only One. She writes for Motherscope and Sunday Mornings at the River.  Connect with her on Instagram @hollyruskin_.

Monica Crumback

Editor-at-large

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Monica is an American mother, wife, educator, and writer living in the Midwest. Her essays and poetry have been published in various places both in print and around the web. She draws inspiration for her work from the natural world around her and in the everyday miracles of marriage and mothering. She has written every day for as long as she can remember.  Find her on Instagram @regarding_we.

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Tetyana Denford

Developmental Editor 

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Tetyana Denford is a Ukrainian-American historical fiction author, poet, and translator. Her first novel, Motherland, was longlisted for the Reader’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards and has been published globally to critical acclaim. Her writing has been featured on Elle.com, Vogue, Frontline News, and Medium, and Tetyana also hosts The Craft and Business of Books on YouTube— all about how to navigate the creative process of writing a book and understanding the publishing industry. More recently, Tetyana has published an anthology series of poetry and prose 'Conversation With...' books that explore themes of grief and motherhood. The third in the series, 'Conversation With Love', will be published in 2022. She currently lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Yvonne Gavan

Roving Editor

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Yvonne is a British journalist - writing for a wide range of publications including The Telegraph, The Independent, Stylist and Breathe - and a poet who holds an MA in Creative Writing. She is also the host and creator of The Tenderness Revolution, an interview style podcast that asks a range of high profile guests to discuss the moments of empathy and compassion that shaped their lives. Since leaving the UK in 2013, Yvonne has lived in three continents, experiencing life on an island in the Caribbean and the deserts of Botswana where she is currently based with her husband and three children. Connect with her on instagram @threekindsofsunshine and @thetendernessrevolution

Rebecca Rijsdijk

Consulting Editor

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Rebecca is the founder and boss lady of indie publisher Sunday Mornings At The River. She is also the author of several poetry collections including Portraits of Girls I Never Met and The Lady from across the Sea. Besides writing poetry, Rebecca works in healthcare and lives in Eindhoven with her partner and a bandit dachshund called Bobbie.  She is on Instagram @rebeccarijsdijk.

Sarah Jeannine Booth

Assistant Print & Digital

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Sarah is a wife, dog mom, poet, and 3rd year writing student (BFA). You can find her first published work in Faces of Womanhood. She is drawn to topics that evoke a sense of belonging and affinity with her readers, and she often writes in the woods while walking her Goldendoodle, Sophie. Sarah lives on the endlessly inspiring Vancouver Island in BC, Canada. Read her work on Instagram @sarahjeanninewrites.