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Communications and Marketing

Press, digital publishing program making headlines

Lake Forest College Press, its imprint &NOW Books, and the College’s Print and Digital Publishing minor are getting a lot of attention lately and likely will draw more in coming months.

  • Former writer for the HBO series “Luck,” Cecilia Corrigan’s poetry book Titanic (&NOW Books September 2014), was named one of the 2014 10 best books printed by academic publishers by Flavorwire. The popular pop-culture website called Titanic “one of the most impressive debut works of poetry in 2014” and placed it among the top 10 poetry titles of the year, second only to Capital by Thomas Picketty, while Chicago Book Review gave the ground-breaking work a three-star review. Corrigan composed Titanic as the winner of the 2013 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Award, where she worked as a writer-in-residence living in the College’s Glen Rowan House. English and Print and Digital Publishing students selected her as a finalist for the award, the Plonsker Prize, and she was selected as the winner by poet Lisa Robertson.
  • This spring, Lake Forest College Press will publish The Light in Cuban Eyes: Lake Forest College’s Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography in March. The bilingual publication will be launched with a photography exhibition at The Robert Mann Gallery in New York and will be released in Cuba in May 2015 as the first book by a North American to receive recognition from the Cuban Ministry of Culture; &NOW Books will publish The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing Vol. 3, edited by Megan Milks, in time for the next &NOW conference, at CalArts in March, which follows other iterations at Lake Forest, University of Notre Dame, and the Sorbonne, among others.

Students in the College’s Print and Digital Publishing minor had a hand in the production of all of these books.

“This is an exciting time for the Press. We have amazing students working on these projects, strong faculty involvement from directors Joshua Corey, Robert Archambeau, and Jacob Knabb, along with me, and an amazing partnership with our long-time distributor Northwestern University Press,” Professor of English Davis Schneiderman said.

The timing of The Light in Cuban Eyes couldn’t have been better. With the renewal of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments, interest in the book’s more than 150 photographs from the Special Period after the Soviet exit is expected to be high.

“Cuba is entering an exciting new period,” Schneiderman said. “The Light in Cuban Eyes is a document of the past through the work of 50 amazing artists. From their struggles comes insight and we are proud to showcase their work.”

The Print and Digital Publishing program and its faculty, drawn from the departments of English, art and art history, modern languages and literatures, communication, and computer science, offers an interdisciplinary foundation in a rapidly changing industry.