R194. Don’t Stop the Presses: On the Enduring Value of the University Press

Room 204AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


University presses provide a unique outlet for creative and scholarly works with great cultural value but not necessarily mass-market appeal. Once prized by universities, university presses increasingly face slashed budgets or even dissolution. Do these presses still matter? What options do presses, authors, and readers have when a university press is threatened? This panel examines the issue from the perspectives of a press editor, author activists, and media and university press experts.



Rebecca Hazelton is the author of Fair Copy and Vow. She was the 2010 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow and winner of the 2011 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared in PoetryBest New PoetsBest American Poetry, and the Pushcart Anthology.

Claire Kirch is Publishers Weekly’s senior correspondent. Based in Minnesota, Kirch has been responsible for PW’s Midwest coverage for almost fifteen years. Kirch has also written for School Library Journal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Duluth-Superior Magazine, and Bryn Mawr College's alumnae magazine.

Ned Stuckey-French teaches at Florida State. He is author of The American Essay in the American Century, coauthor of Writing Fiction, coeditor of Essayists on the Essay, and book review editor of Fourth Genre. His essays have appeared in journals such as the Normal School, Pinch, and Guernica.

Mary Biddinger's most recent collection of poems is Small Enterprise. She is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Akron, and she edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. Biddinger is the recipient of a 2015 poetry fellowship from the NEA.

Peter Berkery has been Executive Director of AAUP since 2013. He was previously vice president and publisher for the US Law Division at Oxford University Press. He has a BA in classical studies from Boston College, an MA from American University, and a Master of Laws from George Washington University.


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