EWU Author Joseph Bathanti Named North Carolina Poet Laureate
Award winning poet, professor and advocate for literacy, Joseph Bathanti, of Vilas, has been named North Carolina's Poet Laureate by Governor Bev Perdue.
"Joseph Bathanti is an award-winning poet and novelist with a robust commitment to social causes. He first came to North Carolina to work in the VISTA program and has taught writing workshops in prisons for 35 years," Perdue said. "As North Carolina's new Poet Laureate he plans to work with veterans to share their stories through poetry—a valuable and generous project."
Joseph Bathanti's collection of short stories, The High Heart, published by Eastern Washington University Press, is available from our distributor. Click here for more information about the title and ordering information.
Carnegie Mellon University Press Has Become a Book Partner of University Press of New England
As of July 2, 2012, Carnegie Mellon University Press books (including backlist, new titles, and forthcoming titles), as well as select Eastern Washington University Press backlist may be ordered from University Press of New England (UPNE).
Books can be ordered by calling toll-free 1-800-421-1561, or by fax at 1-603-448-9729.
Lynne Barrett's Magpies takes first prize in the 2011 Florida Book Awards for Fiction
The 6th annual Florida Book Awards announced the best of 2011 in Children's Literature, Florida Non-Fiction, General Fiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, and Young Adult. Carnegie Mellon author and Florida International University faculty member Lynne Barrett's book of short stories, Magpies, took gold for General Fiction. Her two previous collections of short stories, Land of Go and The Secret Names of Women, were also published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
The Rumpus describes Magpies's Florida landscape as ". . . a South Florida of Moorish shopping malls, housing developments built up from swampland, nightclubs that attract a hard-core populace who subsist on glossy and gossipy magazines, and moldering Art Deco buildings inhabited by elderly, once glamorous women, who die alone and forgotten. Even in the most urban of Barrett's stories, the landscape is 'full of buzzes and croaks of unseen creatures.' One would think that generally warm weather would be less of an intrusion upon lifestyle. The climate, in fact, is a breeding ground for menacing hurricanes and epic electrical storms capable of wreaking havoc and destruction on an annual timetable."
"In a time of broad 'experimentation' in short fiction, what is refreshing about Lynne Barrett is that her stories have honest-to-goodness plots. Reading stories which actually tell stories is a satisfying thing," says Press Director Gerald Costanzo in a recent Carnegie Mellon press release about the award.
New Titles for 2012
- Now Make an Altar – Amy Beeder
- Still Some Cake – James Cummins
- Comet Scar – James Harms
- Early Creatures, Native Gods – K. A. Hays
- That Was Oasis – Michael McFee
- Blue Rust – Joseph Millar
- Spitshine – Anne Marie Rooney
- Civil Twilight – Margot Schilpp
- I Love You Terribly: Six Plays – Claudia Barnett
- The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry – Wesley McNair
Upcoming Author Events
Carnegie Mellon University Press has acquired the stock of Eastern Washington University Press, which ceased operations in May, 2010.
Eastern Washington University Press, founded in the late 1970s, had gained prominence as a publisher of literary titles, producing books of poetry and short fiction along with nonfiction focusing on themes pertinent to the inland Northwest. The Surfacing of Excess by poet Arianne Zwertjes, EWU's final book produced in May, 2010, was advertised with the 2010 Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series. Among the authors who have written and edited books on the Eastern Washington list are Dorianne Laux, Carolyn Kizer, Peter Everwine, Tess Gallagher, Sascha Feinstein, Christopher Buckley, Paisley Rekdal, Joseph Millar, Kathy Fagan, Michael Heffernan, Jim Daniels, Philip Dacey, and Robert Bly.
These Eastern Washington backlist titles will of course be available from our distributor, the University Press of New England, on or about July 2, 2012.
See the list of EWU books currently being offered by the Press here.
Brian O'Neill's Latest Becomes the Press' Fastest Selling Book
Last fall, Carnegie Mellon University Press released The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-first Century, a book by Brian O'Neill that gives a hopeful and heartfelt account of why Pittsburgh is like no other city in America. Less than a year later, The Paris of Appalachia has become the fastest-selling book in the press' 35-year history.
Read the full story on Carnegie Mellon News.