Barbara Epler, President of New Directions, will talk with Aaron McCollough of the University of Michigan Press about how New Directions has managed to survive as a small independent publisher of innovative prose and poetry.
Barbara Epler grew up in Evanston, Illinois, started working at New Directions after graduating from Harvard in 1984, and is now editor-in-chief, president and publisher. She writes, “my two chief responsibilities are keeping New Directions in good shape overall and acquiring new authors, and I’ve been lucky to find W.G. Sebald and Roberto Bolaño, as well as other great writers like Laszlo Krasnahorkhai ,Cesar Aira, Victor Pelevin, Inger Christensen, Yoel Hoffmann, Yoko Tawada, and Javier Marías.” Independent since 1936, New Directions publishes about 40 new books a year and maintains more than 1,200 titles on its backlist: they publish a great deal of fiction and poetry in translation as well as a very strong list of American experimental poets.
Aaron McCollough is the Editorial Director of Michigan Publishing (which includes the University of Michigan Press). His books include Underlight (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012);No Grave Can Hold My Body Down (Ahsahta Press, 2011);Little Ease (Ahsahta Press, 2006); Double Venus (Salt Publishing, 2003); and Welkin (Ahsahta Press, 2002).
The Solarium Symposium is co-sponsored by MLibrary and Rackham Graduation School.