NW Quadrant, West of Rock Creek, Female, Hosts of Literary Salons, LGBTQ, Radicals

Lee Lally
(? - March 3, 1986)

4110 Emery Pl. NW, Friendship Heights neighborhood, DC.

Lally was a founding member of Mass Transit, a group of poets active in DC in the 1970s who published a literary journal and hosted a weekly reading series, and co-founder of Some of Us Press (with Michael Lally, Ed Cox, Terence Winch, and Ed Zahniser), an influential literary small press which was published out of this address.

The author of one chapbook of poems, These Days (1972), Lally also played guitar and sang country blues, was a talented seamstress, and was an activist for feminist causes. Her home became a commune soon after she moved in with her husband Michael Lally. By 1974, the couple separated and the house became a lesbian feminist collective. Lally lived here from 1972 to 1980. She died tragically after a botched operation that put Lally into a coma that lasted for the last six years of her short life.


Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "Some of Us Press"

Lee Lally, early 1970s, at home in the house on Emory Place in DC. Photo (c) by John Gossage.