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01/01/2008 - Triangle Welcomes EWU Press

The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Press is looking for a few good authors. EWU Press’s acquisition editors travel to conferences and conventions looking for promising authors, and are always on the look-out for quality works within their publishing mission, according to Ivar Nelson, director and nonfiction acquisitions editor. The EWU Press publishes books in four major areas: contemporary literature – both poetry and fiction – literature in translation, academic and scholarly works, and non-fiction. Scholarly works include a wide gamut of subjects including literary criticism, environmental policy, Southeast Asian studies, and regional history. Popular non-fiction includes history, culture, and public policy, based primarily on the Inland Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountain region.

Works on environment and ecology are especially sought after at EWU Press, according to Nelson. Currently they are seeking works on the environment and ecology of the Columbia basin and another on the Missoula flood. They want to involve the author as early in the writing/publishing process as possible so that the whole process can run smoothly.

Currently, among the 15 books published per year, the most popular title is a children’s book, Kindness: Buddhist Tales and Wisdom, by Sarah Conover. In print for about four years, Conover has added a second book Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs, with co-author, Freda Crane. A third book in the series, about Chinese fables and folk tales with co-author Chen Hui, will be published this summer. (Visit: ewupress.ewu.edu/childrens.htm).

EWU Press has just consolidated its publishing and distribution facilities at Riverpoint. Staff offices are at 534 E Spokane Falls Boulevard, Suite 203, while the distribution center is in the Shade Tower, next to the brand new EWU Bookstore. EWU Press started as the publisher of university pamphlets and catalogs, but has grown, expanded, and achieved a national reputation for publishing fiction and poetry, as well as literary translations and critiques. More recently, the press started awarding literary prizes in poetry and short fiction and launched the Get Lit! Northwest Literary Festival.

Get Lit! will celebrate its tenth anniversary this spring during the Get Lit! Festival, April 18, 19, and 20. Large events will be held at the Bing Crosby Theater and smaller events at the Spokane Athletic Club.

EWU Press created its own distribution center just last summer; so that now they handle the entire sales process as well as the publishing. All of their titles are available for sale one-by-one or in quantity. Books may be ordered by telephone, fax, or from their e-commerce enabled Web site. Bookstores receive a professional discount.

EWU Press currently employs seven full and part-time staff and has three graduate assistants. They also have a number of intern opportunities available. Nelson stresses that graduate students and interns are not restricted to EWU students, but may come from other area universities as well. Interns may even be high school aged. In addition to English and editing, areas available include marketing, Web development, graphics, and any other aspect of the publishing business.

To learn more about the EWU press, their titles, and Get Lit! visit ewupress.ewu.edu.

Billie Moreland
 
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