Founded in Upstate New York in 1978 by Maureen Brady and Judith McDaniel, Spinsters Ink is one of the oldest Lesbian Feminist publishers in the world. It is currently owned by publisher Linda Hill, who purchased the Spinsters Ink in 2005.. Hill also owns Bella Books and Beanpole Books
The early history of Spinsters Ink is closely tied up with that of another feminist publisher, Aunt Lute Books. . Spinsters Ink merged in San Francisco with Aunt Lute Book Company in 1986, to form Spinsters/Aunt Lute. The Aunt Lute Foundation was established as a non profit publishing program in 1990, and the two companies separated again. In 1992 Spinsters Ink was purchased by lesbian feminist philanthropist Joan Drury and moved to Minneapolis.
In 2001 Spinsters Ink moved to Denver, Colorado under Sharon Silvas, who brought back into print the classic Feminist Utopian novel, The Wanderground by Sally Miller Gearhart. The press is currently owned by Linda Hill, and employs Katherine V. Forrest as editorial supervisor.
Current writers include Lambda Literary Award winners Julia Watts and Katherine Forrest. Sheila Ortiz-Taylor continues to publish with Spinsters Ink. Its current catalog includes general, dramatic and genre fiction for women and lesbians.