I am Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture, which I founded with Iowa editor Joseph Parsons in 2012. The series has seen eighteen books to publication since 2012. Highlights include books on contemporary American literature and the writing program such as Eric Bennett’s Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing during the Cold War and Loren Glass’s edited collection, After the Program Era: The Past, Present, and Future of Creative Writing in the University; books on music and sound, including Tim Gray’s It’s Just the Normal Noises: Marcus, Guralnick, No Depression, and the Mystery of Americana Music, Nicole Furlonge’s Race Sounds: The Art of Listening in African American Literature, and Gina Arnold’s forthcoming Half a Million Strong: Crowds and Power from Woodstock to Coachella; books on suburbia and other places in American literature such as Kathy Knapp’s American Unexceptionalism: The Everyman and the Suburban Novel after 9/11 and Jim Cocoloa’s Places in the Making: A Cultural Geography of American Poetry; and books on literature and social change such as Sean Grattan’s Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature and Teresa Longo’s Visible Dissent: Latin American Writers, Small U.S. Presses, and Progressive Social Change.
I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to talk and write about scholarly publishing and editing in a variety of contexts in the last few years. I’ve done a number of “Getting It Published” workshops at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, which I’ll be reprising at this November’s meeting in Chicago. I was a panelist on “Revising Academic Writing” panel at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association and on a roundtable I helped organize with Leonard Cassuto at the 2019 meeting, “The Present & Future of Scholarly Publishing: The Faculty Editor’s View.” I gave a talk, “The Higher Learning & The Bottom Line: The Changing Fortunes of Universities and Their Presses,” at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, which became an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle Review and was the seed for a book I’m now writing on the history of American university presses. Next January, at MLA in Seattle, I’ll be presiding over a panel of editors and academics I put together called “The Uses of the University Press.”