About Us

Oberlin College Press is a nonprofit literary press based at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. The overall goal of the press, staffed mostly by poets who volunteer their time and student interns who wish to learn about all aspects of publishing, is to produce a periodical of high standing and notable integrity, along with books of superlative quality, with respect to design as well as literary excellence and originality. At the same time, the press strives for affordability and wide availability, keeping its publications in print and reasonably priced.

FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
was founded in 1969 as a periodical devoted to poetry that would combine fresh viewpoints, editorial discrimination, and an attention to the best work being produced in the United States and abroad, regardless of allegiance to schools or categories or reputations. Published twice annually, it provides a forum where poets, eminent and emerging, show each other and those who follow the course of the art what is innovative and most interesting.

Editors: David Young, David Walker
Associate Editors: Pamela Alexander, Kazim Ali, DeSales Harrison, Lynn Powell
Editor-at-Large: Martha Collins
Managing Editor: Marco Wilkinson

Oberlin College Press also publishes books devoted in various ways to the art of poetry:

  • The FIELD Translation Series, begun in 1978, makes available the most exceptional of foreign writers to an English-speaking audience through the work of unusually gifted translators.
  • The FIELD Poetry Series, funded in part by an annual contest, features the work of new poets as well as, from time to time, the selected work of more established poets (e.g. Russell Edson, Franz Wright, Marianne Boruch).
  • FIELD Editions are occasionally produced anthologies: of poetry, of essays addressed to poetics, or of works of a specific genre, such as magical realist fiction and the prose poem.

Editors: David Young, David Walker, Martha Collins
Managing Editor: Marco Wilkinson

The Press receives financial support from Oberlin College and from the Friends of Oberlin College Press.

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