Editor: William Olsen is the author of five collections of poetry. He teaches at Western Michigan University and the MFA Program at Vermont College.
Managing Editor: Kimberly Kolbe is a graduate of the MFA at Western Michigan University, where she was the poetry editor for Third Coast.
Layout Editor: McKenzie Tozan
Herbert S. Scott (1931-2006) is the author of Sleeping Woman, Disguises, Groceries, and Durations. The Other Life: Selected Poems, will be published through Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2010. He taught at Western Michigan University where he was the Gwen Frostic Professor of Creative Writing. (memorial information)
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New Issues Poetry & Prose was established in 1996 by poet Herbert S. Scott. New Issues publishes eight to twelve new titles each year with a focus on contemporary poetry, and literary fiction, through the AWP Award Series in the Novel. New Issues Press' offices are housed in the Ernest Wilbur Building on the Oakland Campus of Western Michigan University.
"The mainstream publishing houses can't begin to represent all of the best emerging poetry and literary fiction. Our press looks to find voices uncategorized by pressures of prestige or expectation. There is no other way except through small presses for these voices to be heard and to endure in their initial splendor." William Olsen, Editor
New Issues awards two poetry prizes, each offering a $2,000 award and publication:
New Issues has received generous support from Western Michigan University, anonymous donors, and through grants from the Eric Mathieu King Fund and the Greenwall Fund of The Academy of American Poets; and from the Pharmacia and Upjohn Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and from the National Endowment for the Arts have supported the publication of many of New Issues’ poetry books and works of fiction.