Founder of Naiad Press Dies at 78


Barbara Grier, a founder of one of the most successful publishing houses for books by and about lesbians, including a nonfiction chronicle about lesbian nuns that became a phenomenon after it drew complaints from Roman Catholic officials, died on Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla. She was 78.

The cause was lung cancer, said her partner, Donna McBride.

Ms. Grier became a revered figure to several generations of lesbian writers and readers after founding Naiad Press in 1973 with three other women, including Ms. McBride. Armed with just $3,000, they set out to publish books, as Ms. Grier later described them, “about lesbians who love lesbians, where the girl is not just going through a phase.”


Mitch Block said…
Thanks for remembering Barbara Grier here. What an inspiration she was and is!
Writer said…
You're welcome, Mitch. I wish I had the time to remember everyone.

I do what I can but there was someone who died last week as well. He started the first gay channel on TV. (You can find his obit over at Kenneth in the (212).)
Mitch Block said…
Thanks. I will check that out.

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