April 9th, 2017

Established in 1975 by Professor Dillon Johnston, with the support of Provost Edwin Wilson and the university administration, Wake Forest University Press is the premier publisher of Irish poetry in North America. Although small among university presses in the United States, we are the major publisher of Irish poetry in North America. Noted scholar Helen Vendler of Harvard University commented: “Through the Wake Forest University Press, Ireland comes to America.” We publish 4 to 6 titles a year, all from poets hailing from Ireland.

From Edge by Claire Malroux, tr. by Marilyn Hacker (1996) 

Every morning the curtain rises

Alone, you listen...

April 8th, 2017

From 1975 until the 1990s, the series Illinois Short Fiction typically offered four new collections annually, each by a single author. Twice nominated by Publishers Weekly for the Carey-Thomas Award for creative publishing, the series was long administered at the Press by Ann Lowry, who also served as editor of the anthology Prime Number: 17 Stories from Illinois Short Fiction (1988).

The Press's commitment to poetry endured for even longer. The first of several volumes by Michael S. Harper, published in 1971,...

April 7th, 2017

Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the University of Georgia Press has been to support and enhance the University’s place as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world.

The University of Georgia Press is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state. We currently publish 60-70 new books a year and have a long history of publishing significant scholarship, creative and literary works, and books about the state and the region for general readers.

"I. oscura, Inferno I.2" from "Three Words out of Dante" from Depth Theology by Peter O'Leary (2006)

What lurks...

April 6th, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University Press, now in its forty-third year of publishing, was founded by Gerald Costanzo in 1972 as “Three Rivers Press.” Three Rivers Press published chapbooks and full-length collections as well as Three Rivers Poetry Journal. The journal, which appeared semi-annually from 1972-1992, included special issues on Dave Smith (accompanied by an essay by John Gardner), Peter Cooley (essay by Philip Dacey), Patricia Goedicke (essay by Ron Slate), Mary Oliver (essay by Robert Wallace) and Brendan Galvin (essay by George Garrett). Titles under the Carnegie Mellon University Press imprint commenced in 1975 and have included titles by Pulitzer Prize winners Rita Dove, Ted Kooser, Franz Wright and Stephen Dunn.

Carnegie Mellon University Press' particular strength continues to lie in literary publishing with the following series:

April 6th, 2017


Randolph Petilos acquires poetry, medieval studies, and other books in the humanities for the University of Chicago Press. Learn more about the press's Phoenix Poets series here

So, you want to be a poet.1 Tough gig,2 but, OK, if you must, this is how...

April 5th, 2017

The University of Arkansas Press was founded in 1980 as the book publishing division of the University of Arkansas. A member of the Association of American University Presses, it has as its central and continuing mission the publication of books that serve both the broader academic community and Arkansas and the region. Among its many series, the press publishes contemporary poetry under the umbrella of three dedicated poetry series: the CantoMundo Poetry Series, Ed. by Deborah Paredez and Celeste Mendoza; the Etel Adnan Poetry Series, Ed. by Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah; and the...

April 4th, 2017

Lorraine Daston is director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and is visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures, which Daston edited, studies the important role that archives play in the natural and human sciences. She will join Benjamin Morgan, author of The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literatureat the Co-op on Wed. 4/12. RSVP and details here.



Posted in: Reading Is Critical
April 4th, 2017

Benjamin Morgan is assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago. His book, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature, approaches the Victorian period of innovation as an important origin point for current attempts to understand art or beauty using the tools of the sciences. He will join Lorraine Daston, editor of Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures, for an event at the Co-op on Wed. 4/12. RSVP and details here.



Gillian Beer, Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin...

Posted in: Bibliographies
April 4th, 2017

University of California Press is among the six largest university publishers in the United States. Its peers include the presses of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and the University of Chicago. Among this group, UC Press is the only press associated with a public university and the only one located west of the Mississippi.

From "Floating Series I" from It's go in horizontal: Selected Poems, 1974-2006 by Leslie Scalapino (2008)

the thought
they -- should be
well -- if they'd
their money -- or


April 3rd, 2017

Phoenix Poets was founded in 1982 by Robert von Hallberg and the Press, and began in 1983 to publish books by individual American and British poets. After the initial years, culminating with Donald Davie’s Collected Poems (1990), the series shifted its focus to American poets. Phoenix Poets continues to publish books distinguished by keen awareness of the history and possibilities of poetry. Quality of feeling underscored by quality of thought, the mind in motion, the eye and ear attentive, formal ingenuity in the service of important subjects—these are some of the...