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New Issues Poetry & Prose names new editor

Sept. 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--An award-winning poet will take the editing helm of New Issues Poetry & Prose at Western Michigan University.

Dr. William Olsen, WMU professor of English, is the author of four poetry collections and the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He will serve as editor alongside Marianne Swierenga, New Issues managing editor. Olsen has served as advisory editor since the press was launched by Dr. Herbert Scott, longtime WMU professor of English, who died in 2006.

Olsen's poetry collections include "Avenue of Vanishing," "Vision of a Storm Cloud," "The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers" and "Trouble Lights."

An open house, welcoming Olsen, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the offices of New Issues Poetry & Prose, Room 1020, just inside the east entrance of the EWB Building on WMU's Oakland Drive Campus. The open house will be followed by Olsen's reading at 8 p.m. in the Little Theater, also on Oakland Drive.

New Issues Poetry & Prose, a premier national press for emerging writers, remains dedicated to discovering and publishing the freshest and most crucial voices in contemporary poetry. It will continue to publish indispensable, established poets and remain committed to finding new and established prose writers dedicated to advancing the scope and purpose of the written arts.

Forthcoming titles from New Issues include "The Boys I Borrow" by Heather Sellers, "Undid in the Land of Undone" by Lee Upton, "The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors: Selected Prose Poems" by Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen, and the AWP Award Series Novel "The Truth" by Geoff Rips.

For more information, contact Marianne Swierenga at manianne.swierenga@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2592 or visit www.wmich.edu/newissues.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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