Illuminations: A Series on American Poetics

Series Editor
Jon Thompson, North Carolina State University

Since the period of high modernism, American poetic practice has sought nothing less than a revolution in poetry. The new language, rhetoric and form of the poetry of William Carlos Williams, T.S Eliot, Ezra Pound, Mina Loy, H.D., Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens released new energies and new (or dramatically different hybrid) poetic practices. These practices were taken up, and extended, in successive generations by Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, Lorine Niedecker, Charles Olson, Frank O'Hara, James Schulyer and John Ashbery. More recently, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jorie Graham, Charles Wright, C.D. Wright, Susan Howe, Myung Mi Kim, Harryette Mullen and Claudia Rankine, to name just a few, have pushed this tradition of transformative practice and claimed new territories for poetry. As these names suggest, this tradition continues to be influential inside the English-speaking world, and outside it. Bearing in mind this legacy of innovation, Illuminations will focus on the poetics and poetic practices of the contemporary moment in the USA. The series is particularly keen to promote a set of reflective works that include, but go beyond, traditional academic prose, so we take Walter Benjamin's rich, poetic essays published under the title of Illuminations as an example of the kind of approach we most value. Collectively, the titles published in this series aim to help various audiences engage in a dialogue that will reimagine the field of contemporary American poetics.

Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition Series

Essays included in the series volume undergo a rigorous review process. First, all essays must have already crossed the threshold to be published in an academic journal in the field. Then, out of all the essays published by a journal, the editor can only select two essays. Next, the series editors create reading groups across the country. These groups feature full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and graduate students who teach in a range of institutions.

Working and Writing for Change

An Imprint Series of Parlor Press

Series Editors
Steve Parks, University of Virginia
Jess Pauszek, Texas A&M University – Commerce

Electracy and Transmedia Studies

Series Editors
Jan Rune Holmevik and Cynthia Haynes
Clemson University

The Electracy and Transmedia Studies Series publishes research that examines the mixed realities that emerge through electracy, play, rhetorical knowledge, game design, community, code, and transmedia artifacts. This book series aims to augment traditional artistic and literate forms with examinations of electrate and literate play in the age of transmedia. Writing about play should, in other words, be grounded in playing with writing. The distinction between play and reflection, as Stuart Moulthrop argues, is a false dichotomy. Cultural transmedia artifacts that are interactive, that move, that are situated in real time, call for inventive/electrate means of creating new scholarly traction in transdisciplinary fields. The series publishes research that produces such traction through innovative processes that move research forward across its own limiting surfaces (surfaces that create static friction). The series exemplifies extreme points of contact where increased electrate traction might occur. The series also aims to broaden how scholarly treatments of electracy and transmedia can include both academic and general audiences in an effort to create points of contact between a wide range of readers. The Electracy and Transmedia Series follows what Gregory Ulmer calls an image logic based upon a wide scope—“an aesthetic embodiment of one’s attunement with the world."

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing

Writing Spaces LogoParlor Press is pleased to announce an exciting new collaborative project with the WAC Clearinghouse and series editors Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is a new textbook series seeking proposals for essays for the composition classroom. Each volume of Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing will contain peer-reviewed collections of essays all composed by teachers for students, freely available for download under a Creative Commons license.

Free Verse Editions

Jon Thompson
Series Editor

North Carolina State University
Parlor Press and Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics

Glassbead Books

Glassbead Books BeakersEditor
John Holbo

National University of Singapore

Glassbead books will exemplify what academic book publishing should be in an age of electronic publishing: namely, a generous gift culture. All Glassbead books will be available as quality, affordable paperbacks, but also as free PDF downloads. All will be released under a Creative Commons (non-commercial) license. Academic book publishing has poor circulation, which is variously diagnosed but generally goes by the name 'the publishing crisis in the humanities'. We propose that free e plus CC will scour a few clogged arteries and—not only will our patient not die—we predict she will feel a  bit better right away. 

Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition

Series Editors
Thomas Rickert, Purdue University
Jennifer Bay, Purdue University

The Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition honors the contributions Janice Lauer Hutton has made to the emergence of Rhetoric and Composition as a disciplinary study. It publishes scholarship that carries on Professor Lauer’s varied work in the history of written rhetoric, disciplinarity in composition studies, contemporary pedagogical theory, and written literacy theory and research.

Lenses on Composition Studies

Series Editors
Sheryl I. Fontaine

California State University Fullerton

Steve Westbrook
California State University Fullerton

Lenses on Composition Studies offers authors the unique opportunity to write for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students who are new to the discipline of Composition Studies. While the series aims to maintain the rigor and depth of contemporary composition scholarship, it seeks to offer this particular group of students an introduction to key disciplinary issues in accessible prose that does not assume prior advanced knowledge of scholars and theoretical debates.  Lenses on Composition Studies will provide to instructors of advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students texts that are both appropriate and inviting for this less experienced but professionally directed audience.

New Media Theory

Series Editor: Byron Hawk
University of South Carolina

The New Media Theory series investigates both media and new media as complex rhetorical ecologies. The merger of media and new media creates a global public sphere that is changing the ways we work, play, write, teach, think, and connect. Because these ecologies operate through evolving arrangements, theories of new media have yet to establish a rhetorical and theoretical paradigm that fully articulates this emerging digital life.

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