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 Roots

Seal Press was founded in 1976 to provide a forum for women writers and feminist issues.

Since Then

Seal has represented the diverse voices and interests of women—their lives, literature, and concerns.

Right Now

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The Future

Read our Acquisitions information if you or your client is interested in publishing with Seal Press.

Get to know the Seal Press staff!

Krista Lyons


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.

Donna Galassi

Associate Publisher

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.

Laura Mazer

Executive Editor

Before joining Seal Press, Laura was the managing editor of literary publisher Counterpoint and the executive editor of Soft Skull Press. She was also the managing editor of Creators Syndicate, the agency that represents some of the most widely published opinion writers around the globe, including Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Ann Landers, and Molly Ivins. She lives in Oakland and is the mother of three daughters.

Stephanie Knapp

Acquisitions Editor

Stephanie Knapp is on the hunt for talented writers across our nonfiction categories. She joined Seal in 2014 from Penguin Random House, and she lives in Brooklyn.

Eva Zimmerman

Publicity Manager

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.

Anna Gallagher

Associate Publicist

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 Redfield

Publicity Assistant

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.

Sarah Juckniess

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.]

Kimi Owens

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.

Carrie Hirsch

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.

Katie Mock

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.

Image Credits

Books to be returned… by Hash Milhan. Licensed CC-BY. Used on Home. Berkeley from Indian Rock by Angelo DeSantis. Licensed CC-BY. Used on About. Envelope by Blake Burkhart. Licensed CC-BY-SA. Used on Acquisitions and About. Hipster Field by Matthew Faltz. Licensed CC-BY. Used on Acquisitions. Paris – Place de la Concorde by Roger Wollstadt. Licensed CC-BY-SA. Used on Memoir. Audio Cassette by Paul Hudson. Licensed CC-BY. Used on Memoir. Counting Bears….. Lullaby by Nana B Agyei. Licensed CC-BY. Used on Memoir. Havana Cuba (mural by JR and Jose Parla) by helenedancer. Licensed CC-BY. Used on Travel Literature. Baranco Camp – Valley View Mt Kilimanjaro by Abhimanyu. Licensed CC-BY-ND. Used on Travel Literature. Cairo Skyline by Sebastian Horndasch. Licensed CC-BY. Used on Travel Literature.