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Massive thanks to all who submitted to the 2024 Akron Poetry Prize. Submissions are closed but will open again April 15,...
06/17/2024

Massive thanks to all who submitted to the 2024 Akron Poetry Prize. Submissions are closed but will open again April 15, 2025.

We look forward to reading this year's submissions! 🤩

Submissions to the Akron Poetry Prize close in only a fortnight.
06/01/2024

Submissions to the Akron Poetry Prize close in only a fortnight.

"I see A Mollusk Without A Shell as a book that will live on my shelf, or my writing desk, as a regular go-to, and on an...
05/31/2024

"I see A Mollusk Without A Shell as a book that will live on my shelf, or my writing desk, as a regular go-to, and on any of those readings another essay, another fellow traveler on this journey of words, may speak to me in a way that is important and relevant (as all the essays do)."

We love to see the ways A Mollusk Without a Shell is resonating in the literary community! If you haven not already, grab a copy of this must-have.

https://blogs.uakron.edu/uapress/product/a-mollusk-without-a-shell/

An anthology of essays on self-care for writers

May 30th is World MS Day. Today, we highlight Steve McClain's memoir The Music of My Life, which recounts the story of h...
05/30/2024

May 30th is World MS Day. Today, we highlight Steve McClain's memoir The Music of My Life, which recounts the story of his mother’s life growing up in Northeast Ohio and her struggles with single parenthood and a devastating, chronic illness, at a time when there was very little to no treatment.

Order here: https://blogs.uakron.edu/uapress/product/the-music-of-my-life/

Another hard goodbye 👋 as we bid farewell to Raymond Thompson, who completed his high school workplace shadow with us ov...
05/17/2024

Another hard goodbye 👋 as we bid farewell to Raymond Thompson, who completed his high school workplace shadow with us over the last two weeks. Ray, thank you so much for all your hard work! We have enjoyed having you with us and know your future is bright. 😎

"Phillips’s skillful revising of ancient myths of self and body inventively widen the meaning and scope of paradise."Tha...
05/15/2024

"Phillips’s skillful revising of ancient myths of self and body inventively widen the meaning and scope of paradise."

Thanks to Publishers Weekly for this review of Nonbinary Bird of Paradise!

Full review here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781629222769

ICYMI!The annual Akron Poetry Prize is open for submissions! 👉  The competition is open to all poets writing in English....
05/13/2024

ICYMI!

The annual Akron Poetry Prize is open for submissions!
👉 The competition is open to all poets writing in English.
👉 The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of their book.
👉 The final judge is Matthew Olzmann.
👉 Manuscripts will be accepted via Submittable between April 15 and June 15.
👉 Manuscripts must be a total length of 48 pages and no longer than 90 pages.
View the complete guidelines here: View the complete guidelines here: theuniversityofakronpress.submittable.com/submit/293299/2024-akron-poetry-prize-submissions

We are looking forward to reading your work!

Today, we have to say goodbye to our fabulous student assistant Emily Price! Per tradition, we all went to Sweet Mary's ...
05/10/2024

Today, we have to say goodbye to our fabulous student assistant Emily Price! Per tradition, we all went to Sweet Mary's in Akron. Pictured here, Emily has been a part of the Press for the last two years, and we’ve so enjoyed having her work with us on many marketing, production, and editorial projects. Emily will be starting as staff with The University of Akron on Monday in the financial aid department. Please join us in wishing her the very best! Emily, congratulations on your graduation, too. So many wonderful things are ahead!

05/02/2024

The WAGTime dogs are back! Take a study break and pet some friendly therapy dogs from 10am-12pm in the Library Lobby. Stop by in the evening (8pm-close) for more free coffee!

🎉 GIVEAWAY 🎉Huge gratitude to everyone who participated and engaged with us during National Poetry Month. We shared prom...
05/01/2024

🎉 GIVEAWAY 🎉

Huge gratitude to everyone who participated and engaged with us during National Poetry Month. We shared prompts, poems, postcards, and more across campus and with you all. We also opened submissions to the Akron Poetry Prize!

More on that here: https://theuniversityofakronpress.submittable.com/submit/293299/2024-akron-poetry-prize-submissions

Now that our favorite month is over, we want to thank you with a giveaway!

Here's the bundle: SIGNED copies of A Mollusk Without a Shell edited by Mary Biddinger and Julie Brooks Barbour, Nonbinary Bird of Paradise by Emilia Phillips, and Something About Living by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, a tote bag, stickers, and buttons!

Here's the deal: Like this post, tag a friend, then share from now until May 5th to be entered into the drawing.

Our final poem postcard for   is an excerpt from “First Generation” from Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s latest poetry collection,...
04/26/2024

Our final poem postcard for is an excerpt from “First Generation” from Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s latest poetry collection, Something About Living.

Don’t miss the chance to listen to two fabulous poets read next Wednesday!
04/26/2024

Don’t miss the chance to listen to two fabulous poets read next Wednesday!

First Wednesday Reader Series presents poets Mary Biddinger and Sarah Dravec. Marissa McCabe will co-host. Open mic to follow. Wednesday, May 1, at 7:00pm at the Westside Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave. This reading will be downstairs in the Trophy Room, accessible only by stairs.Mary Biddinger is a poet a...

📣 WE WANT YOU! 📣Okay, we want THREE of you. And by you, we mean students! Are you a   at UA looking for a great job on c...
04/25/2024

📣 WE WANT YOU! 📣

Okay, we want THREE of you. And by you, we mean students! Are you a at UA looking for a great job on campus? Join our wonderful team as a student assistant at the University of Akron Press!

If you're a student who enjoys quiet environments, who is detail-oriented, and who is eager to apply their problem-solving and communication skills, apply on Handshake for one of the two Editorial, Production, and Marketing positions: https://app.joinhandshake.com/emp/jobs/8881346

If you're a design student who is self-starting, who is experienced in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, and who is eager to apply their creativity to promotional content for print, web, and social media platforms, apply on Handshake for the Illustration and Design Student Assistant: https://app.joinhandshake.com/emp/jobs/8446794

Hi there, we're the University of Akron Press! 👋If you haven't heard of us, we are a small nonprofit publisher in Akron,...
04/24/2024

Hi there, we're the University of Akron Press! 👋

If you haven't heard of us, we are a small nonprofit publisher in Akron, OH. 📚​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Since 1988, we've published academic and general interest works with regional and national significance.

We work collaboratively with our authors to produce books that meet the highest editorial and design standards.

We maintain distinctive scholarly publishing strengths in Ohio history and culture; politics and elections; the history of psychology; dance; interdisciplinary law; poetry; and poetics.

Each year, we offer the Akron Poetry Prize to bring to the public original and compelling voices (we're currently open for submissions here: https://theuniversityofakronpress.submittable.com/submit/293299/2024-akron-poetry-prize-submissions).

If you haven't checked us out already, we hope you'll take a peek: https://www.uakron.edu/uapress/

Sharing this delightful poem by our own Akron Series in Poetry editor extraordinaire, Mary Biddinger!
04/24/2024

Sharing this delightful poem by our own Akron Series in Poetry editor extraordinaire, Mary Biddinger!

Our neighborhood corner granny had jury duty for two weeks in August of 1985. She had to stay in a hotel and family could not bring her meals, not even a bundle of yeast rolls. After six hours without her watchful silhouette, the alley fill

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