Announcing a New Nonfiction Book Series from UGA Press

In which I become a different sort of editor.


April 2, 2015

I’m happy to announce here at the blog, which has brought so many good things, a new project I’ll be involved in.

Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction is a new book series at the University of Georgia Press, for which I’ll be series editor.

Named for intersections, and for the heart of the matter, the series will publish literary nonfiction by diverse writers working in a variety of modes, including personal and lyric essay, memoir, cultural meditation, and literary journalism. 

Books are intended for general readers and will be both intelligent and accessible. Engagement with the world, craft, precision, and playfulness with form and language are valued. As the series develops, it will include non-American writers and experiences. The series will publish two to four new titles annually.

The inaugural book in the series will be published in October 2015. My Unsentimental Education, a memoir by Debra Monroe (Texas State), is a smart and lyrical take on the isolation that occurs when crossing class barriers in pursuit of the life of the mind. A proto-chapter appeared here at the blog way back when the book was only a twinkle in Debra’s eye.

The Crux series builds on UGA’s success and reputation publishing the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Creative Nonfiction contest winners since 1986, as well as nonfiction anthologies and craft books. Georgia combines the reputation of a major university press with savvy promotion in the digital age, and we intend to reach smart readers who like to be entertained in the widest sense. This comes too at a time when there are more nonfiction classes and MFA programs than ever, more writers interested in nonfiction forms, and new publishing platforms are sorely needed. 

The series advisory board is a dream team that includes Dan Gunn, Pam Houston, Phillip Lopate, Dinty W. Moore, Lia Purpura, Patricia Smith, and Ned Stuckey-French.

Contact info, online submissions portal, and more info here.

If you’re going to the AWP conference in Minneapolis next week, Director Lisa Bayer, members of her staff, and I will be around. Please stop by to say hello. The University of Georgia Press table is #1115/1214, and the McNeese table is #423. Hope to see you there!


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