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University of Akron Press

University of Akron Press We are a small university press based in Akron, Ohio, at The University of Akron.

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One of our highly anticipated Spring poetry titles, Dear Outsiders by Jenny Sadre-Orafai was announced in Publishers Wee...
12/06/2022
Spring 2023 Announcements: Poetry

One of our highly anticipated Spring poetry titles, Dear Outsiders by Jenny Sadre-Orafai was announced in Publishers Weekly! Check out the article. Pre-orders will be available soon! More information on Dear Outsiders will be linked in the comments below.

Through stories of suffering and survival, these collections explore desire, healing, the vulnerabilities of the body, the command of desire, and the impact of history.

John Kropf, author of Color Capital of the World was just featured in the Sandusky Register, where he talks about his in...
11/29/2022
Chronicling the crayon's importance

John Kropf, author of Color Capital of the World was just featured in the Sandusky Register, where he talks about his inspiration behind his book as well as his personal and family ties to the American Crayon Company. Check it out! A link to purchase the book will be in the comments below.

'Color Capital of the World' explores Sandusky native's ties to former factory

11/29/2022

Early copies of DOOM SCROLL by Matthew Guenette have arrived. Hot stuff! 🔥

Check out our very own Caryl Pagel on Full Stop as she talks more in depth about her poems in Free Clean Fill Dirt as we...
11/29/2022

Check out our very own Caryl Pagel on Full Stop as she talks more in depth about her poems in Free Clean Fill Dirt as well as her relationship to Cleveland. If you would like more information or would like to know where to purchase a copy, the link will be down below in the comments.

"The fun part of writing for me . . . is to make a poem a gathering, to be surprised by the interaction of material from outside the self. To listen for it. A poem as the place where one might dump the mulch of the receptive mind and (re)arrange it."

Caryl Pagel () chats w/ Zach Savich about her latest book, FREE CLEAN FILL DIRT, out now from University of Akron Press: https://tinyurl.com/mvwkw6a5.

11/26/2022

The University of Akron Press is hosting their annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop this Monday! Stop by Bierce Library from 12-3pm to shop their published works (they make great Christmas gifts 🎁) and to support the Press.

University of Akron Press Hosts Holiday Book Sale at Bierce Library, Nov. 28
11/26/2022
University of Akron Press Hosts Holiday Book Sale at Bierce Library, Nov. 28

University of Akron Press Hosts Holiday Book Sale at Bierce Library, Nov. 28

Love to read or write? Check out the University of Akron Press holiday book sale on Monday, Nov. 28, from 12 – 3 p.m. With a variety of titles available, interested students and staff alike can select their favorite genres. “Books from the University of Akron Press, especially the poetry collect...

On behalf of the University of Akron Press, we would like to wish you all a good holiday with family and friends!
11/24/2022

On behalf of the University of Akron Press, we would like to wish you all a good holiday with family and friends!

Looking for the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Stop by the University of Akron Press Holiday Pop-Up Shop ...
11/23/2022

Looking for the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Stop by the University of Akron Press Holiday Pop-Up Shop on November 28th, 12pm-3pm, in the Bierce main lobby! We will have an assortment of titles, from new poetry and nonfiction titles to older favorites, at a discounted price! Stop by and say hello!

Christmas came early! Still, searching for the perfect gift for your Gen-Xer dad? We have just the book--Doom Scroll by ...
11/22/2022

Christmas came early! Still, searching for the perfect gift for your Gen-Xer dad? We have just the book--Doom Scroll by Matthew Guenette is now available for pre-order. The link to pre-order will be down below.

11/22/2022

Check out our very own Emily Corwin’s poems in Peach Magazine! Marble Orchard is set to release May 6th!

11/18/2022
Gathering Volumes

If you are in the area be sure to stop by Gathering Volumes where John Kropf will be talking about his latest book, Color Capital of the World, Sunday November 20th, 6pm to 7:30 pm. The perfect opportunity to do some early holiday book shopping!

Your local independent bookstore

Join Caryl Pagel, Friday November 18th at 7 pm at Monsters of Poetry as she reads from her recently published book, Free...
11/17/2022

Join Caryl Pagel, Friday November 18th at 7 pm at Monsters of Poetry as she reads from her recently published book, Free Clean Fill Dirt!

11/16/2022

In honor of UP week 2022, Charles Jensen author of Instructions between Takeoff and Landing was kind enough to talk about the impact university publishing has had on the poetry genre and his own experience with the publishing process. The link to purchase Instructions between Takeoff and Landing will be linked down in the comments.

11/15/2022

For UP Week 2022, Anne Barngrover was gracious enough to sit down and talk about her experiences publishing her books with the University of Akron Press, as well as talk about the value university presses bring to campuses and student led communities. Check out her upcoming book, Everwhen which comes out March 14, 2023!

We are so grateful that our very own Aimee Seu, author of Velvet Hounds and the University of Akron Press, was chosen to...
11/14/2022
University Press Week 2022: What’s for University Press Authors

We are so grateful that our very own Aimee Seu, author of Velvet Hounds and the University of Akron Press, was chosen to be featured in the 2022 UP Week kick-off video montage. Check out the video below to see Aimee Seu talk about her debut book and her own experiences with University Presses.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaUuBuuHJL0

To learn more about UP week, please visit the website linked in the comments below.

Next UP is the AUPresses 2022 theme, which highlights the dedicated work performed by those in the university press community to seek out, engage, advance, a...

11/14/2022

Color Capital of the World: Growing Up with the Legacy of a Crayon Company by John Kropf is out now! Pick up a copy today! It would make a great gift for the holiday season! The link to purchase is in the comments.

Check out the article Sarah Giragosian and Virginia Konchan did with Beth McDermott at JMWW about their upcoming craft a...
11/10/2022
All the Marbles: An Interview with Sarah Giragosian and Virginia Konchan by Beth McDermott

Check out the article Sarah Giragosian and Virginia Konchan did with Beth McDermott at JMWW about their upcoming craft anthology, Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems. Out with the University of Akron Press, March 7th, 2023!

“Some poems are natural openers, some are builders, some are bridges, some are closers, some are palette cleansers.”

Delve into the colorful history of crayons and learn more about the American Crayon Company that has rightfully claimed ...
11/09/2022

Delve into the colorful history of crayons and learn more about the American Crayon Company that has rightfully claimed the title "Color Capital of the World." Color Capital of the World comes out on November 13th. Pre-order your copy now! Link to order in the comments below.

Join Caryl Pagel and Hilary Plum at Two Dollar Radio on November 10th, 8-9pm, as they read and discuss their new books, ...
11/08/2022

Join Caryl Pagel and Hilary Plum at Two Dollar Radio on November 10th, 8-9pm, as they read and discuss their new books, Free Clean Fill Dirt and Hole Studies. We hope to see you all there!

(Alt Text- Hilary Plum & Caryl Pagel reading and discussion moderated by Marlo Starr. November 10th, 8-9pm, Two Dollar Radio Columbus, Ohio.)

Come out to the Buckeye Book Fair tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th, 9:30 am- 4:00 pm at the Greystone Event Center to me...
11/04/2022

Come out to the Buckeye Book Fair tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th, 9:30 am- 4:00 pm at the Greystone Event Center to meet two fellow UA Press Authors, Joyce Dyer, and Gary. S Williams. Come say hello and buy some copies of Pursuing John Brown and No Man Knows This Country Better!

11/04/2022

Listen to author John Kropf talk about his upcoming book, Color Capital of the World: Growing up with the Legacy of a Crayon Company, coming out November 13th! Pre-order his book now at the link below. We are so excited to welcome this book into the University of Akron Press family!

Come check out our fall pop-up sale tomorrow in the main lobby of Bierce Library 11am-1pm. We will have a wide selection...
10/31/2022

Come check out our fall pop-up sale tomorrow in the main lobby of Bierce Library 11am-1pm. We will have a wide selection of poetry and nonfiction titles. New poetry titles will be $10 each, shop-worn books 3 for $5, and poetry books 3 for $25! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

(Alt Text- A flyer advertising The University of Akron Press fall pop-up sale on Tuesday, November 1st, at Bierce Library 11am-1pm in the main lobby.)

Such a joy to celebrate the release of Caryl Pagel’s Free Clean Fill Dirt, in tandem with Hilary Plum’s Hole Studies.
10/29/2022

Such a joy to celebrate the release of Caryl Pagel’s Free Clean Fill Dirt, in tandem with Hilary Plum’s Hole Studies.

Join our very own Caryl Pagel as she launches Free Clean Fill Dirt alongside Hilary Plum and her book, Hole Studies, at ...
10/27/2022

Join our very own Caryl Pagel as she launches Free Clean Fill Dirt alongside Hilary Plum and her book, Hole Studies, at the B Side Lounge tomorrow night 6-9 pm. The event is open and free for all! We hope to see you there.

(Alt Text- A flyer advertising Hilary Plum's and Caryl Pagel's Book Launch at the B Side Lounge on October 28th, 6-9 pm.)

2022 Akron Poetry Prize Winner – UA Press Catalog
09/30/2022
2022 Akron Poetry Prize Winner – UA Press Catalog

2022 Akron Poetry Prize Winner – UA Press Catalog

2022 Akron Poetry Prize Winner Posted on September 30, 2022September 30, 2022 by tl26   Adrian Matejka, this year’s judge, has chosen Something About Living by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha of Redmond, Washington, as the 2022 Akron Poetry Prize winner. The contest received a total of 583 entries in 2022. L...

Check out our own Mary Biddinger on The Slowdown!
09/27/2022

Check out our own Mary Biddinger on The Slowdown!

According to The American Library Association, "Between January 1 and August 31, 2022, ALA documented 681 attempts to ba...
09/23/2022

According to The American Library Association, "Between January 1 and August 31, 2022, ALA documented 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources, and 1,651 unique titles were targeted."

Join The University of Akron Press, fight against censorship, and read fearlessly.

(Alt Text)- An image of a book with the text, "Banned Books Week- read fearlessly."

Books unite us. Censorship divides us. Stand with the University of Akron Press in supporting banned books week! A link ...
09/21/2022

Books unite us. Censorship divides us. Stand with the University of Akron Press in supporting banned books week!
A link with resources to support banned books week will be down below.

Credit- American Library Association

(Alt Text)-A book background with birds flying from the books. It says, "Books unite us. Censorship divides us. Banned books week September 18-24."

Throwback Thursday! 🤩
09/15/2022

Throwback Thursday! 🤩

In Free Clean Fill Dirt, Pagel dwells in the anti-ordinary ordinary strata of Midwestern mythologies, emergencies, lands...
09/13/2022

In Free Clean Fill Dirt, Pagel dwells in the anti-ordinary ordinary strata of Midwestern mythologies, emergencies, landscapes, and crises. Using a blend of ecopoetic, visual, and archival modes, Free Clean Fill Dirt is a collection of poems making intimacy of deep time and vanitas of vision.

Free Clean Fill Dirt by Caryl Pagel is available now! The link to purchase is below.

(Alt Text)- An excerpt of Ordinary Strata from Free Clean Fill Dirt by Caryl Pagel with a forest highway background.

Come visit us at the  Inkubator book fair! Come buy some books and check out our free goodies or just come up and say he...
09/09/2022

Come visit us at the Inkubator book fair! Come buy some books and check out our free goodies or just come up and say hello!

(Alt Text)- A table that says The University of Akron Press with a sign that says $10 or 3/ $25, with buttons and bookmarks.

Join the University of Akron Press on September 9th, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, and on September 10th, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM for the ...
09/08/2022

Join the University of Akron Press on September 9th, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, and on September 10th, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM for the Literary Cleveland book fair. Come visit us and browse our extensive selection of books! The link to register for the Inkubator Conference can be found below.

(Alt Text)- A flyer that advertises Inkubator 2022 September 6-10

Come join us on September 17th at 7pm at E.J Thomas Hall for Comeback Evolution: A Night of Poetry and Jazz with poetry ...
09/06/2022
Comeback Evolution: Theron Brown Trio With Poetry Of Walter Delbridge Tickets Sep 17, 2022 Akron, OH | Ticketmaster

Come join us on September 17th at 7pm at E.J Thomas Hall for Comeback Evolution: A Night of Poetry and Jazz with poetry from Walter K. Delbridge and music from Floco Torres and Theron Brown Trio. Tickets are $20 or $10 with a UA Student ID. Get $5 dollars off tickets by using code "ZIPPY" online. Link to tickets below.

(Alt Text)- Photo shared by UA Press on September 06, 2022. An image with pictures of Walter K. Delbridge, Floco Torres, and Theron Brown Trio with text explaining the details of the event and prices.

Buy Comeback Evolution: Theron Brown Trio With Poetry Of Walter Delbridge tickets at the E.J. Thomas Hall - The University of Akron in Akron, OH for Sep 17, 2022 at Ticketmaster.

Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle by .marie.darling officially joins the University of Akron Press fami...
08/31/2022

Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle by .marie.darling officially joins the University of Akron Press family tomorrow. Link in first comment!

We’re excited to welcome early copies of the new poetry collection Free Clean Fill Dirt by Caryl Pagel! Pre-order yours ...
08/05/2022

We’re excited to welcome early copies of the new poetry collection Free Clean Fill Dirt by Caryl Pagel! Pre-order yours directly through the University of Akron Press.

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