Busy Little Press: Dozens In Print and More On the Way

LUPLogoColorBeaumont, TX–Lamar University Press calls itself a small university press, but a check of the books in print and those listed on the coming soon page reveals a more accurate description: busy university press. With the release of its next book, scheduled to be Kevin K. Casey’s novel Four-Peace, Lamar University Press will have published three novels, twenty-four books of poetry, and seven nonfiction books. From January through the end of April 2015, the press released ten books. In addition to the forty-plus books already published, the small press lists six books on its Coming Soon page. And according to press staff, there are another dozen books that have passed the selection process and in various stages of production. With this kind of impressive output for a small press, quality has not been compromised. Among the authors are many prize winners, including multiple past Texas poet laureates and one Canadian poet laureate.

For a look at many fine books crossing several genres, visit Lamar University Press.

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Prolific Oklahoma Publisher Returns to Writing

Norman, Oklahoma–The Sooner State’s leading voice for high quality, non-mainstream literature has returned to writing and allowed a Texas press to showcase her latest work.  Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, editor of Mongrel Empire Press, has agreed to allow Lamar University Press to publish her collection of essays, Oklahomeland.

JeanettaCov-800According to the publisher:
A new book by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahomeland, is a wonderful collection of essays that will hold your attention. She found her title in some graffiti on an Oklahoma wall. The essays in this book explore numerous topics: a photographer’s sense of aesthetics, the suicide of a sharecropper , Oklahoma literature and culture. For her collection of poetry Work is Love Made Visible, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award, and a WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Her writing appears in numerous journals and anthologies, and she contributes much to Southwestern and American letters with her editorial work. She is founding editor of the active and successful Mongrel Empire Press. She serves as Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program at Oklahoma City University where she is also a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy and the craft of poetry.

Craven’s Women of Thunder Named INDIEFAB Finalist

WotCravenCoverTraverse City, Michigan–Forward Reviews has named Jerry Craven’s novel, Women of Thunder (TCU Press 2014), as a 2014 Multicultural Fiction finalist. Craven is no stranger to the nomination because his 2013 novel, The Wild Part, was also selected as a finalist. Women of Thunder is the sequel to The Wild Part.

Asked how he feels about having two consecutive novels named as finalists and the potential for a book of the year award, Craven answered, “It would be nice to win in the final judging, but being a finalist is a plenty flattering win of sorts.” Women of Thunder began accumulating awards even prior to its publication. The Deep South Writers Conference selected the book as Best Novel in their annual contest. The Conference of College Teachers of English gave their Creative Writing award to a chapter of the novel, and the North Texas Professional Writers Association selected the first chapter of Women of Thunder for their first place award.craven canoe 2

Jerry Craven is a retired professor of English who is originally from East Texas. He has lived in South America, southeast Asia, near the Caspian Sea, and traveled throughout much of the rest of the world. Since retirement he has returned to Texas where he lives in Jasper and spends many daylight hours canoeing and photographing the East Texas waterways.

University Hosts Literary Festival

Beaumont, TX–Lamar University hosts a two-day literary festival, and this one promises to be the biggest yet.

According to the newspaper of Lamar University:
The Lamar Literary Festival begins today on the sixth floor of Gray Library. The festival continues Friday and starts at 10 a.m. both days. The festival will honor Jerry Craven for starting Ink Brush Press and Lamar University Press, LU’s literary publishing house. Writers from Angelina River Press and TCU Press will also be in attendance.

Garry Richards, administrative assistant for English and modern languages, began coordinating the literary festival six months ago. “The first thing we did was figure out which writers were coming, we sent out letters officially inviting these people to attend,” he said. “We’ve had literary festivals in the past, but this is the first year to have the scope that we have.” There are a lot more writers involved in the festival this year compared to prior years, Richards said. Normally, three or four writers participate, but this year 13 are expected.

To read more, see: Literary fest set for today in library.

New Publication Presents Book Reviews for Independent Presses

The Mimeograph, a new online magazine dedicated to reviews of books by small presses aims to present a venue for independent publishers that often get overlooked my more mainstream literary periodicals. According to the editorial staff, The Mimeograph anticipates an official go-live date of January 1, 2015, but they also hope to begin covering publishing news sooner and perhaps even produce a few reviews of 2014 books. The magazine plans to cover primarily novels and short-story collections with hopes to branch out to non-fiction and poetry in the future. While the staff could not estimate a date for early reviews prior to the scheduled go-live date, they confirmed that The Mimeograph is now open to submissions.

Prolific Oklahoma Small Press Hosts 3 Launches

Norman, OK–Mongrel Empire Press added to their impressive catalog of fine books with the launch of two new releases.

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From the publisher:

Mongrel Empire Press recently hosted three successful book launches, one for James Murray’s short story collection entitled The Long Rifle Season and two for The Walmart Republic, a collaborative poetry collection by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Christopher Stewart.

The Long Rifle Season book launch was held in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and generously and graciously hosted by Isaac at Chapel Books. The author, James Murray, read from the collection.

The second launch for The Walmart Republic was held at Oklahoma City University, where Lansana is on the faculty of The Red Earth MFA.

To read more, visit: Mongrel Empire Press | News, Reviews, and Events from Mongrel Empire Press.