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Oct. 4: Carnegie Mellon University Press Acquires Stock of Eastern Washington University Press

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Carnegie Mellon University Press Acquires
Stock of Eastern Washington University Press

EWU pressPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University Press has acquired the complete stock of Eastern Washington University Press, which closed on June 30, 2010. CMU Press will now represent every title that Eastern Washington University Press published in genres including poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

"In an economic time when things have been very difficult for university presses, we've been able to persist," said Gerald Costanzo, founder and director of the CMU Press. "Eastern Washington University Press has been an excellent literary press, and by acquiring their stock we will be able to keep more than 100 of their titles in print."

Founded in the late 1970s, Eastern Washington University Press gained prominence producing books focusing on themes pertinent to the inland Northwest. "The Surfacing of Excess" by poet Arianne Zwertjes, EWU Press' final book published in May, will be advertised with the current Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series. Authors who have written and edited books under EWU Press include Dorianne Laux, Carolyn Kizer, Peter Everwine, Tess Gallagher, Sascha Feinstein, Christopher Buckley, Paisley Rekdal, Joseph Millar, Kathy Fagan, Michael Heffernan, Philip Dacey, Robert Bly and Carnegie Mellon English Professor Jim Daniels.

The CMU Press staff is currently cataloging and processing the acquired titles and placing them with the press' distributor, Cornell University Press Services of Ithaca, N.Y. The first 15 titles became available from Cornell on Oct. 1. An additional 20 titles will become available each week until all are listed.

Carnegie Mellon University Press was founded in 1972 as a publisher of poetry. The Press has since evolved into a highly regarded publisher of poetry, classic contemporaries, short fiction and regional social history. Among the press' most notable achievements is publishing poet Rita Dove's "Thomas and Beulah" in 1986, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize the following year. In 2009, the press released "The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-first Century," a book by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Brian O'Neill, which became the fastest selling book in CMU Press history.

In addition to acquiring Eastern Washington University Press' stock, CMU Press also added a staff member over the summer and will start producing electronic versions of books in 2011.

For more information on the Carnegie Mellon University Press, visit or listen to Gerald Costanzo talk about the past, present and future of the Press in this podcast.


Pictured above, "A Queen of No Ordinary Realms," by Naveed Alam is among the Eastern Washington University titles acquired by Carnegie Mellon University Press.