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Af­ter four years

as an ap­pren­tice at po­etry pub­lisher

Uni­corn Press (uni­, An­drew Saulters took the reins from Alan Bril­liant in 2016, fifty years af­ter Bril­liant founded the press in Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia. Saulters, who ed­its and binds the press’s books him­self in Greens­boro, North Carolina, seeks to carry on the ed­i­to­rial vi­sion of Bril­liant and his long­time part­ner, Teo Sa­vory, who died in 1989. “I’ve tried to fol­low Al’s ed­i­to­rial spirit in look­ing at pub­lish­ing as a way that work en­ters the cul­tural com­mons,” says Saulters. “It’s not enough that the pub­lisher like the work, but the work should also add some­thing to what is al­ready avail­able to read­ers.” Uni­corn Press pub­lishes four to six books of po­etry each year, at least two of which are full-length col­lec­tions, and counts Robert Bly and Muriel Rukeyser among its many au­thors. The press re­cently pub­lished a haiku col­lec­tion by the Carolina African Amer­i­can Writ­ers Col­lec­tive, One Win­dow’s Light, edited by Le­nard D. Moore, and in Novem­ber will re­lease Lynn Otto’s first book, Real Daugh­ter, and Wayne Johns’s An­tip­salms. Otto and Johns were se­lected from the press’s first-book com­pe­ti­tion, held an­nu­ally in the spring; the press is open to gen­eral sub­mis­sions of full-length and chap­book-length po­etry col­lec­tions from Oc­to­ber through De­cem­ber.

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