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Pleiades: Literature in Context is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world. Past contributors include winners of the Nobel, Ruth Lilly, Pulitzer, Bollingen, Prix de la Liberté, and Neustadt Prizes, recipients of Guggenheim, Whiting, National Book Critics Circle and National Book Awards, and many writers seeing their work in print for the first time. The current issue is here. Submission guidelines are here.

The Pleiades Book Review (PBR) comprises half of each issue of Pleiades and features both essay reviews and shorter reviews of primarily small-press books.

• Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry a year, as determined through the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. Judges are poets of national prominence, and the contest is co-directed by Susan Ludvigson and Kathryn Nuernberger. Guidelines for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize are available here.

• Pleiades Press also publishes a book a year through the Unsung Masters Series. Each volume focuses on an important writer whose work has been unjustly neglected and features both a generous sample of creative work and numerous essays. Unsung Masters Series volumes are distributed free to subscribers with the June issue of Pleiades and are also available through Small Press Distribution.

• Each year, the Pleiades Visiting Writers Series brings 8-10 writers of national prominence to the University of Central Missouri, where they read from their work to students, faculty, and members of the community.

Please direct questions regarding poetry to Kathryn Nuernberger. Please direct questions regarding book reviews to BJ Hollars. Please direct questions regarding fiction or nonfiction to Phong Nguyen.

• To have a book considered for review, send a review copy to: Pleiades Book Review • Dept of English, Martin 336 • University of Central Missouri • Warrensburg, MO 64093. Please note: not all sent books will be reviewed, though we do review 40+ books in each issue.

If you are interested in submitting a book review to be considered for the PBR, please queryBJ Hollars in the months of July or December. Queries and unsolicited reviews sent in other months cannot be considered. Note: PBR book reviews are 800-1200 words.

Pleiades & Pleiades Press Staff

Phong Nguyen (Editor of Pleiades) is the author of two short-story collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen's Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness (Elixir Press, 2011), which won the Elixir Fiction Award. He also co-edited Nancy Hale: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters, 2012; w/ Dan Chaon and Norah H. Lind) and has published numerous short stories in Agni, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Boulevard, Meridian, North American Review. He teaches at the University of Central Missouri. Phong's personal website.

Kathryn Nuernberger ( Editor of Pleiades Press) is the author of the poetry collection Rag & Bone (Elixir Press, 2011), which won the Antivenom Prize, and co-editor of Frances Jammes: On the Life & Work of a Modern Master (Unsung Masters, 2014; w/ Bruce Whiteman). She teaches at the University of Central Missouri.

Matthew Eck (Fiction Editor of Pleiades) is the author of the novel The Farther Shore (Milkweed Editions, 2007), for which he was named one of “5 under 35” by the National Book Foundation. He teaches at the University of Central Missouri.

Kevin Prufer (Pleiades & Pleiades Press Editor-at-Large, Co-Director of the Unsung Masters Series) is the author of five poetry collections, most recently In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011), National Anthem (2008) and Fallen From a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005). He is also coeditor, with Wayne Miller, of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and, with Joy Katz, of Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007), as well as editor of The New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois, 2000). He teaches at the University of Houston. Kevin's personal website.

Joy Katz (Pleiades & Pleiades Press Editor-at-Large) is the author of two poetry collections—Fabulae (Southern Illinois, 2002) and The Garden Room (Tupelo 2006)—as well as coeditor, with Kevin Prufer, of Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007). She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Susan Ludvigson (Co-Director of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize) is the author of several collections of poems, most recently Sweet Confluence: New and Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2000), and Escaping the House of Certainty (Louisiana State University Press, 2006). She teaches at Winthrop University, where she founded the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series.

• RM Kinder (Editor Emerita and Founder of Pleiades) is the author of the novel An Absolute Gentleman (Counterpoint, 2007) and the story collections A Near-Perfect Gift (University of Michigan, 2006) and Sweet Angel Band (Helicon Nine, 1991). RM's personal website.

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Martin 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
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