R154. Finding Your Home at a University Press: What Literary Authors Need to Know

Room 206B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Finding a publisher often seems like a daunting task. A university press may be the perfect fit. Many publish and promote creative work—including novels, poetry, and memoir—that larger presses might pass on. Because of their size and focus, university presses can take more risks and give more attention to authors than larger houses can. This panel, featuring editors, marketers, and authors, will answer questions about publishing with a university press and what to expect when working with one.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_R154outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_2020_R154supplemental.pdf



Elise McHugh is an acquisitions editor at the University of New Mexico Press. Her acquisition subjects include poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. She also serves as the in-house editor for the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize and the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series.

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux, a former humor columnist for Indian Country Today, and author of the memoir Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's. Midge won the Kenyon Review Earthworks Indigenous Poetry Prize for The Woman Who Married a Bear.

Adelia Humme is the publicist at the University of New Mexico Press, where she works with about twenty-five scholarly and trade titles per season. She holds an MA in publishing from Emerson College and a BA in English from Texas A&M University.

Norma E. Cantú currently serves as the Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University. An award-winning novelist and poet, her work centers on the border and social justice issues. She is cofounder of CantoMundo and a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

Anna Weir has worked as a publicist at the University of Nebraska Press since 2016. In addition to scholarly titles and a strange amount of baseball biographies, Anna connects writers of fiction and creative nonfiction to journalists, reviewers, and other media.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center