becomes co-publisher of Meridian
University Library is now co-publisher of Meridian,
the nationally recognized literary magazine from the English departments
Creative Writing Program. The department will maintain editorial
responsibilities for the journal, while the library will provide
partial funding, production assistance to the print and online
versions and office space in the soon-to-be-constructed Mary and
David Harrison Institute and Albert H. Small Special Collections
see this as part of an increasingly fertile collaboration among
the English department, faculty in literature and foreign languages,
and the library in promoting poetry and other literary endeavors,
said University Librarian Karin Wittenborg. The library
has been a supporter of Meridian and a contributor to its Lost
Classics series and I look forward to expanding this relationship.
a semiannual journal first published in 1998, is edited by graduate
students in the writing program. English department faculty serve
as contributing editors. The magazine includes a vibrant mix of
poetry, short stories, essays and reviews, as well as artwork
and interviews with prominent writers.
the work of established writers is always a feature of Meridian,
the editorial staff is also committed to showcasing gifted, emerging
writers, says the magazines faculty adviser, Jeb Livingood.
Acclaimed writers featured in Meridian have included poets Gregory
Orr, Rita Dove and Alberto Ríos, and fiction writers Russell
Banks and Ann Beattie, among others.
Lost Classics section contains previously unpublished
work by renowned authors. Items from the Librarys Special
Collections Department featured in Lost Classics have
included poems by Robert Frost and Jorge Luis Borges and, most
recently, in the Spring 2001 issue, a manuscript by Washington
its brief publishing history, three poems first featured in Meridian
were recently selected for inclusion in the annual Best American
Poetry series, and another was included in the Pushcart Prize
XXV. Three stories from Meridian tying a record number
for a single magazine recently were selected for this years
annual New Stories from the South collection.
are eager to work with the library on Meridian, especially considering
the rich literary holdings in Special Collections and the many
other resources there, Livingood said.