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Founded in 2001 with a generous grant from the Oristaglio Foundation, Etruscan Press is a nonprofit cooperative of poets and writers working to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, achieve a distinctive voice, and reshape the literary and cultural histories of which we are a part.
We publish books of poems, novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, criticism, and anthologies. Two of our poetry collections have been National Book Award finalists. Etruscan is proud of support received from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, and the Nathalie and James Andrews Foundation, as well as many private contributors.
*We publish in four genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and criticism. In addition, this year we will publish our first two translations—a contemporary Greek novel and a collection from a Cuban poet.
*Our books are chosen for their literary quality and because they provide insight into the deep linguistic and aesthetic sources from which genres emerge.
*Our writers often write and think in several genres—our anthologies bring poets, fiction writers, essayists, and critics together.
*We are cross-disciplinary, multicultural, and multi-genre.
*We have national connections and ambitions, and yet we treat each book as if it were the only one we will publish.
Housed at the Graduate Creative Writing Program office at Wilkes University, Etruscan Press has emerged in its short life as one of the premier small presses on the literary landscape. Etruscan is a new press, but it has a long history. Right from the start, with our first book, September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, edited by William Heyen, we've exceeded our high expectations. We have published twelve titles in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and criticism, and have sold 18,000 books. Four of our titles have gone into second or third printings, and we've been reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Poetry, Publishers Weekly, The Boston Globe, and many other major newspapers and periodicals.