Lisa Gitlin

Lisa Gitlin

Lisa Gitlin was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, went to Ohio State University in 1969, had the proverbial sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll experience, dropped out after her junior year and moved to New York City to become a writer, ran around the filthy...

Michele Karlsberg, Marketing and Management

2014 marks Michele Karlsberg’s twenty-fifth year as a publicist for the LGBT publishing community, working with authors, organizations and film/theater professionals. As the curator of the nationwide “Outspoken: Gay and Lesbian Literary Series,” she...

Caroline Curtis

Caroline Curtis freelances for Bywater Books, working with Kelly on all stages of book production — from copy-editing to typesetting (a skill taught her by Kelly). She also writes News from Bywater Books, our monthly newsletter. Away from Bywater, she prepares and...
Marcia Finical

Marcia Finical

Marcia Finical won the first annual Bywater Prize for Fiction for her first novel, Last Chance at the Lost And Found, and the 2009 Golden Crown Literary Society “Goldie” for best General Dramatic Fiction. Originally from Seattle, she has worked in a fish...

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is the editor-in-chief of Bywater Books, a role that marks the culmination of many years in the book business. In 1992, she co-founded A Woman’s Prerogative, a lesbian bookstore in Detroit. Seven years later, she founded Bella Books and worked there for...
Mari SanGiovanni

Mari SanGiovanni

Mari SanGiovanni published her first book with Bywater Books after entering a writing contest back in 2007. Her first novel Greetings From Jamaica, Wish You Were Queer is a romantic comedy that short-listed for a Lambda Literary Award and was re-released for a book...