Poetry Series Suspended

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UC California Press is facing cutbacks, and their New California Poetry series is taking the hit. The series, because each title sells only around 1,000 copies, has been suspended.

Even after the semi-recent publication of The Autobiography of Mark Twain, which quickly attained bestseller status, UC California Press is feeling the structural changes that have been destabilizing the publishing industry. However one of the four editors of the poetry series, Forrest Gander, made this point about the freedom of limited sales:

“’They have been wonderfully committed to poetry […] They haven’t been making money on the series, anyway. And they have allowed the editors to choose work based on the quality of the work and not on the potential for sales, which is a big deal.’”


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