Annual Report 2010

The University of Iowa Press

Established in 1969, the University of Iowa Press publishes books that fill the needs of scholars and students throughout the world with works of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. As the only university press in the state, Iowa is also dedicated to preserving the literature, history, culture, wildlife, and natural areas of the Midwest.

For scholars and students, the Press publishes reference and course books in the areas of archaeology, American studies, American history, literary studies, literature and medicine, theatre studies, and the craft of writing.

For general readers, the Press publishes the winners of the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the Iowa Poetry Prize, poetry anthologies, books on the archaeology and natural history of the Midwest, cookbooks, letters and diaries, biographies, memoirs, regional history, and collections of historic and contemporary photographs.

The Press is a member of the Association of American University Presses and Green Press Initiative.

Book by UI Press founding director Carl H. Klaus

The human presence that animates the personal essay is surely one of the most beguiling of literary phenomena, for it comes across in so familiar a voice that it’s easy to believe we are listening to the author rather than a textual stand-in. But the “person” in a personal essay is always a written construct, a fabricated character, its confessions and reminiscences as rehearsed as those of any novelist. In this first book-length study of the personal essay, Carl Klaus unpacks this made-up self and the manifold ways in which a wide range of essayists and essays have brought it to life.

"In these engrossing essays, Klaus, the founding director of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, reminds readers that the personal essay's authorial "I" is a "textual stand-in" for the author. . . .he conducts a thorough inquiry into the ways the essayist's persona is shaped not only by the interior but also by exterior, and by individual experience and culture."—New York Times Book Review