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Writing the West / Elise McHugh

elise_mchugh_photo_smallElise McHugh is senior acquisitions editor of humanities and arts at the University of New Mexico Press and acquires in several fields, including poetry, fiction, memoir, pop culture, cultural and literary criticism, and art, photography, and architecture. Elise is particularly interested in work that focuses on the American West and the U.S.-Mexico border. She has worked with UNM Press for six years. Elise is a native New Mexican.



Writing the West / Elise McHugh

University Presses Stand in the Gap for Authors

University Presses Stand in the Gap for AuthorsA little history lesson here. John Hopkins University Press was founded by Daniel Coit Gilman in 1878, just two years after he founded the university, and has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating university press in the United States. It began by publishing scholarly journals, the American Journal of Mathematics and the American Chemical Journal, and in 1881 the press published Sidney Lanier: A Memorial Tribute to honor a poet, one of the first writers in residence at the university.
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Writing the West / Elise McHugh

Robert Hass, Gerald Vizenor and the Japanese Haiku

Robert Hass, Gerald Vizenor and the Japanese Haiku It was early October and all through the states,
Western lit scholars were counting the days . . .

Well, really scholars and literature folks all over the world, but that didn't work in the rhyme.

But it is true. Folks including myself are busy packing ...
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Writing the West / Elise McHugh

Taos Summer Writers’ Conference Proves a Magical Time for Writers

Taos Summer Writers’ Conference Proves a Magical Time for Writers In July I had the pleasure of attending the Taos Summer Writers' Conference for the second time. Late summer is a beautiful time to visit Taos, New Mexico-although there really isn't a bad time to visit. Any writer looking for a writers' conference t...
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Writing the West / Elise McHugh

The Growing Conversation About Edward Dorn

The Growing Conversation About Edward Dorn In April, Edward Dorn would have turned eighty-four. In today's terms, he died young, just seventy, but he left a powerful legacy behind. Gone but certainly not forgotten, as he's still taught and read and talked about by individuals and in literatur...
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Writing the West / Elise McHugh

The Important Role Poet Laureates Play in the West

The Important Role Poet Laureates Play in the West Many folks know that there is a national poet laureate position that rotates each year. The position is appointed by the Library of Congress, a tradition first begun in 1937 with the appointment of Joseph Auslander. The current poet laureate is Natas...
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