Professor Lisa Williams to lead selection process for new national poetry series
A new project called the “University Press of Kentucky Contemporary Poetry and Prose Series” was proposed and will be led by Centre College Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professor of English Lisa Williams.
“Being able to play a role in discovering and selecting manuscripts for publication has long been a dream of mine,” Williams said. “I find it exciting to work with writers on making their work the best it can be.”
Williams has worked with the University Press of Kentucky for several years, writing extensive peer reviews of works of poetry and fiction, providing editorial feedback to the Press and to authors.
“The director of the Press, the acquisitions director and I have developed a very good working relationship,” Williams said. “Over the course of several conversations, we realized that we wanted to work together in a more formal way and also to create a new literary series that would enter the national landscape.”
The University Press is calling for manuscripts of contemporary poetry and fiction from poets and writers across the country.
Applicants must exhibit a “profound attention to language, strong imagination, formal inventiveness and awareness of one’s literary roots,” according to The Press’ advertisement in Poets and Writers.
“Awareness of one’s literary roots can mean awareness of the people and the places a writer comes from that have nourished that writer as a person—and as a literary voice,” Williams explained. “These people and these places can be historical, familial, literary, rural, urban, suburban, all of these and more.”
Centre will be a sponsor of the series, which will be published once a year. The first publication is slated to appear in 2016.
Submissions for books of poetry, fiction and short stories, from writers at any stage in their career, will be accepted each year between April 15 and June 1.
Envelopes with written works to be considered should be postmarked no later than June 1 and should be mailed to the following address:
University Press of Kentucky
Attn: Contemporary Poetry and Fiction
663 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40508
by Anne H. Evans
April 27, 2015