University of Toledo Press under new management, seeking manuscriptsWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A new year can often bring new business developments. Such is the case with the University of Toledo Press. While many community leaders might already know that Dr. Benjamin S. Pryor was named Director of the Press in January, to replace outgoing Director Thomas Barden, what has just recently come to light are Pryor’s plans for the future, including an open call for new material by regional authors.
“Right now we’re trying to develop a business plan, so that we can be less dependent on University funding, while continuing to publish high quality books that have a regional impact and also attract national interest. While I love printed books, I also want to examine our approach to digital publishing, as a means to engage both students and academic scholars and bring our community together on how to do that,” said Pryor.
Pryor, who had previously served as a member of the Press board, has also Chaired the University’s Philosophy Department, where he is an Associate Professor, been Co-Chair of the Program in Law and Social Thought and currently serves as the University’s Vice Provost for Academic Program Development. Pryor received his PhD from Penn State in 1999.
It was under Pryor’s direction that the Press recently put out a call for manuscripts by regional authors. While the press has largely put out medical and historical texts, it has also focused on members of the local literary community such as Nick Muska and Star Bowers. Another member of that community, poet and UT Graduate Fellow Zachary Fishel, has been given the task of helping collect submissions in that area. Interested authors can contact him for submission requirements at email@example.com or at UToledopress@utoledo.edu Pryor has also brought in Stephanie Ford to act as Project Manager and to help with publicity.
“I think that this Press can really make an impact on our region, we haven’t even scratched the surface of what we can do, we have a lot of talent here and we can and should serve as a mouthpiece for our community and the Midwest. I would like the press to create books that people really want to read, while also striving for a prominent record of innovation in the field of publishing,” Pryor said.
Upcoming projects include a book on race and medicine, focusing on the importance of race in our medical system and a collection of images by legendary local photographer John Rockwood.
More information on the University of Toledo Press and its history can be found at http://www.utoledopress.com/