Salem West is the publisher of Bywater Books. She brings a strong background in business management, and longstanding engagement with the LGBT community. In recent years, she has become known as the voice of The Rainbow Reader, a highly successful review blog that combines original essays with insightful analysis of all genres of LGBT literature. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lambda Literary, and is active in the lesbian literary community, and is a sought-after facilitator for groups, panels, and events focusing on feminist and lesbian literature. West and her wife, Bywater author Ann McMan, collaborated on the novel Hoosier Daddy, which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in 2014.

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