S130. Not Your Mother’s University Press: Publishing Nonfiction with Academic Presses

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Determining where to submit nonfiction books in the mass of trade, academic, and indie presses can be more of an essayist exploration than the writing process. Writers who have published memoirs, essay collections, and hybrid texts with The Ohio State University Press will discuss how an academic press became home for work that challenged genre conventions and subject matter. Writers will read a section of work before reflecting along with the press editor on the process, marketing, and release.



Kristen Elias Rowley is Editor in Chief at The Ohio State University Press where she acquires literary trade for the Mad Creek Books imprint. She has worked as an editor since 2006, acquiring nonfiction, fiction, translations, graphic novels, and poetry, as well as American and Latinx studies.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery is the author of Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir and three poetry chapbooks. She is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University.

Anthony Moll is the author of Out of Step: A Memoir, which won the 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize from The Ohio State University Press and The Journal. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts, and currently teaches creative writing and journalism in Baltimore, Maryland.

Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink, which won the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone. Her lyric essay collection is Brief Interview with the Romantic Past. She teaches creative writing at University of Minnesota.

Sophfronia Scott is author of the novels Unforgivable Love and All I Need To Get By, the memoir This Child of Faith, and an essay collection, Love's Long Line. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she teaches at Bay Path and Regis universities. Her Twitter handle is @Sophfronia.


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