Press Notes: Hollis Summers Poetry Prize Winner Has an Ohio University Connection

April 02, 2010

The winner of Ohio University Press's thirteenth annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize was Will Wells and his book, Unsettled Accounts: Poems, has recently been published. Wells, who received his M.A. in English from Ohio University in 1977, is a professor of English/Humanities at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio. While at Ohio University, Wells had a warm relationship with Hollis Summers, a distinguished poet who taught here for many years and made Athens the subject of many of his poems.

The annual poetry prize, now in its fourteenth year, draws several hundreds of entries each year. The author of the winning manuscript gets a $1000 prize and book publication. The final judge for the 2009 competition in which Well’s manuscript was selected was the poet Thomas Lynch.

Ohio University Press is the largest university press in Ohio, publishing 40–50 books annually on a variety of topics. These books carry the Ohio University name into the world, receiving national and international attention from leading scholarly journals, prominent review media, and prestigious award competitions.

Ohio University Press Titles Published and Promoted Since January:

Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa, and the Atlantic, edited by Derek R. Peterson. These essays highlight the range of political and moral projects in which the advocates of abolitionism were engaged, and in so doing it joins together geographies that are normally studied in isolation.

The Cultural Production of Matthew Arnold, edited by Antony H. Harrison. The career of Matthew Arnold as an eminent poet and the preeminent critic of his generation constitutes a remarkable historical spectacle orchestrated by a host of powerful Victorian cultural institutions. The four essays in The Cultural Production of Matthew Arnold investigate these constructions by situating Arnold’s poetry in a number of contexts that partially shaped it.

African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game, by Peter Alegi. This title, a history of soccer in Africa, was featured in our February update, but was sent out to review media in March.

In recent weeks, Ohio University Press has learned of books and authors having received press from the following places:

The Chronicle of Higher Education, BBC World Service, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The Japan Times, National Post (Canada), Booklist, Dayton Daily News, The Detroit News, WVXU (Around Cincinnati), Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The British Society for Literature and Science, ISIS—Journal of the History of Science Society, American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Slavery and Abolition, Environment and History, Northwest Ohio History, Anthropos, Pitch Invasion: Exploring the Global Game, Ohioana Quarterly, Journal of British Studies, Tanzanian Affairs, The Journal of Social Policy, The Midwest Book Review, Stone’s Throw Magazine, Victorian Studies, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, The Comics Reporter, Book News,, Werkwinkel: Journal of the Low Countries and South African Studies, Benhuser’s Blog, The Courier (Tennessee Historical Commission), The South Carolina Historical Magazine, The Cosmopolitan Review (Canada), Resources for American Literary Study, KGNU (Boulder, CO) Morning Magazine, Dickens Quarterly.

Jeff Kallet

  • Cover of ‘Unsettled Accounts’

  • Cover of ‘Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa, and the Atlantic’

  • Cover of ‘The Cultural Production of Matthew Arnold’

  • Cover of ‘African Soccerscapes’