About Seal Press
Seal Press publishes books with the goal of informing women’s lives. Our authors are radical and original thinkers, professionals with a distinct point of view, gutsy explorers, truth-tellers, and writers who engender laughter, tears, inspiration, and transformation.
Based in Berkeley, California, Seal is a member of the Perseus Books Group.
Our RootsSeal Press was founded in 1976 to provide a forum for women writers and feminist issues.
Since ThenSeal has represented the diverse voices and interests of women—their lives, literature, and concerns.
Get to know the Seal Press staff!
Publisher since 2004, Krista Lyons has guided Seal Press through a decade of enormous growth and stellar success: Today, Seal is one of the most respected publishers of women’s interest titles in the country. Lyons acquires and develops across a broad range of nonfiction categories, from health and fitness to memoir. Among her bestselling titles are Yogalosophy and Under This Beautiful Dome. She lives in Berkeley, California, and is a wife, mom, lesbian, writer, reader, survivor, and friend.
As the Associate Publisher for Avalon Travel and Seal Press, Donna Galassi works to integrate marketing and publicity efforts into creative, successful campaigns that sell books. She has experience in brand management, niche channels, and content development. Donna’s favorite categories are current events/social issues and travel literature.
My uniform … Librarian cardigans, platform mary janes, strategically placed bobby pins
Creative fuel … Nutella milkshakes, Special K, coffee
Geeky fascinations … Op-ed pages, typography, spray paint
Greatest weaknesses … Anthropologie’s clearance rack, Gilmore Girls, office supplies, my daughters
My books are organized by … Spine color
Fantasy Jeopardy categories… Laura Ingalls Wilder: fact or fiction?, preppy culture, JD Salinger’s Glass family stories
First feminist role models … Mary Richards, Lindsay Wagner as the Bionic Woman, Dr. Marlena
Evans on Days of Our Lives (“I consider myself a liberated woman, but that man is driving me crazy!”)
Fantasy best friend … Amy Gardner from The West Wing
On the turntable … The Police, Tegan and Sara
On my nightstand … The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, Euphoria by LiIly King, Station
Eleven by Emily St. John, Microserfs by Douglas Coupland, Stoner by John Williams
I love to acquire … Dogged reportage, memoirs with messages, blog-to-book content, popular culture, mental health, progressive thought leadership, design-driven concept books, parenting, mothers & daughters, humor & irony
My uniform … A-line dresses, big earrings, chunky heels
Creative fuel … Seltzer, Brownies, Coffee
Geeky fascinations … World War II history, travel guides, politics
Greatest weaknesses … Homemade cake, 90s dance parties, Ankle boots, my nephew
My books are organized by … A mysterious mental alchemy that I can’t even explain!
Fantasy Jeopardy categories … Clueless the movie, the life of Julia Child, cities of the Czech Republic
First Feminist Role Models … Kathleen Hanna, Sleater Kinney, and Marion in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
On my nightstand … No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Martian by Andy Weir
Fantasy best friend … Kalinda Sharma from The Good Wife
On the turntable … Leon Bridges
I love to acquire … Big-think narratives on culture & gender, weird but relatable humor, anything to do with running, current affairs, music & TV, history as experienced by everyday people, edgy-voiced memoirs
As Publicity Manager for Seal Press and Avalon Travel, including Rick Steves, Eva Zimmerman has effectively achieved publicity for authors in top media outlets such as: The New York Times, The New Yorker, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY, and 60 Minutes, among others.
A tireless advocate for her authors, Anna joined Seal Press in 2013 and quickly became an integral part of the publicity team. She’s a film major, a poet by trade, and is the go-to expert for all things related to breakfast burritos and Pretty Little Liars.
Ashley joined the Seal Press publicity team in 2014, bringing with her a wealth of experience gained at other area publishers including Cleis Press, Viva Editions, and Berrett-Koehler Publishers. She is a graduate of Mills College.
Marketing Technologies Director
Sarah has been in Bay Area book publishing for more than 12 years. She is proud to lead Seal’s creative team in building innovative content in print and online. [Fun yet professional joke tk.]
Online Marketing Coordinator
Kimi joined Seal in 2012, succumbing to the publishing world after years of skirting around the edges. They love coffee, stuffed giraffes, and building websites like this one.
Marketing Associate - Production
Resident dad joke expert, Carrie brings her A-game to the creative arm of Seal’s marketing team. She is fond of teal, delicious candy, and sharing pictures of Zack, her extremely well-behaved cat.
Marketing Communications Associate
An editor, writer, and Jedi Knight, Katie joined Seal in 2015. She enjoys constructed languages, cooking, and will read anything that sits still long enough.