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Three Books By UT Press Win Southern Books Awards

Published: Sep 30, 2010
The University of Tampa Press earned awards for three of its books in the Southern Books Competition. The awards were presented this week at the Southeastern Libraries Association Awards Luncheon.

Sponsored every two years by the Southeastern Libraries Association, the Southern Books Competition committee gave its highest award, the 2009 Award of Excellence, to Lines from Neuchatel, a collection of poems by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Peter Meinke, with drawings by Jeanne Meinke. The 2008 Award of Excellence for Dust Jacket Design was awarded to The White Bride, a collection of poems by Sarah Maclay.

The committee also issued a 2009 Special Award to Lankes: His Woodcut Miniatures by J.J. Lankes, a limited edition hand-printed letterpress miniature book and the first handmade book produced by the University of Tampa Press at its Tampa Book Arts Studio. It was printed on the 1848 Washington Hand Press once owned by the American woodcut artist J.J. Lankes, on which he printed his woodcut illustrations for books by Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson and others.

With three prize books out of the 12 named as winners, the University of Tampa Press topped the winners list, which also included books from the University of Alabama Press, West Virginia University Press, the University of Tennessee Press and Florida’s Pineapple Press. A copy of each book will become part of the permanent archive held by the W. T. Young Library of the University of Kentucky.