Provost Paul Ludden announced the immediate closing of SMU Press called " one of the best small publishers of literary fiction in the country."
The decision to destroy SMU Press is shocking and discredits the university. Since 1936 the press has distinguished the school, publishing books of lasting value, and more recently fiction that future generations will read long after the cheering fans at football games in the twenty-first century are dead.
While I am an SMU author--they published my novel In Paterson--I am not under contract for a future novel. I'm writing in support of SMU Press because I admire the work they do, publishing literary fiction the trade houses do not have the courage to publish. Here is a sample:
Lee K. Abbott
Madison Smart Bell
Robert Olen Butler
Marcia Day Childress
Naomi Shihab Nye