Founded in 2004 by Robert J. Murphy, Dos Madres Press is dedicated to the belief that the small press is essential to the vitality of contemporary literature as a carrier of the new voice and new works by established poets, as well as the older, sometimes forgotten voices of the past. And in an ever more virtual world, to the creation of fine books pleasing to the eye and hand.

Dos Madres is named in honor of Vera Murphy and Libbie Hughes, the “Dos Madres” whose contributions have made this press possible.

Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press

In 2016, Dos Madres Press published an anthology of poems from its first ten years with support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsWave. Edited by Richard Hague, Realms of The Mothers contains work by sixty-eight poets from throughout the United States and beyond. The anthology is available for purchase and as a gift to those donating $50 or more.

Non-Profit Contributions

Dos Madres Press, Inc, is an Ohio Not For Profit Corporation and a 501 (c) (3) qualified public charity. Contributions are tax deductible. If you would like to donate to Dos Madres Press, Inc, please visit our donations page.

Contact Dos Madres Press

Executive Editor: Robert J. Murphy

If you have questions –
Email: editor@dosmadres.com
Traditional Mail:
P.O.Box 294, Loveland, OH 45140

Quantity discounts available.

Philosophy and Design

The book design and illustration at Dos Madres Press is the responsibility of artist Elizabeth Murphy. www.illusionstudios.net

Each book is unique – the typography, layout and illustrations are created especially to harmonize with and enhance the particular poems in the book. Murphy often creates illustrations for each book, but occasionally she uses existing art work both of her own and also from other artists.

“The goal is to make an appealing book, one where the art of the written word is in balance with the visual arts that both, present it, and accompany it, into the hands of a reader.”

Dos Madres Press uses a small batch production process on the chapbooks, which allows us to use color more generously than is usually the case in books of poems. This is a tremendous plus for the book designer and illustrator. The perfect-bound series allows for more pages to be bound and so extra illustrative space is available.

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