Etruscan Press named top five finalists, AWP Small Press Publisher Awar

Etruscan Press, a non-profit literary press working to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, cultures, and voices. Etruscan publishes books of poems, novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, criticism, translation, and anthologies.

Etruscan has been named one of five finalists for the 2015 AWP Small Press Publisher Award by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The award recognizes a press or literary journal that has made a significant contribution to contemporary literature. Etruscan was nominated for demonstrating excellence in production and design, providing a steadfast commitment to nurturing authors, and actively engaging in the community.

Founded by Philip Brady, Robert Mooney and Stephen Oristaglio, Etruscan is housed at Wilkes University and is in partnership with Youngstown State University. Etruscan has published nearly 60 books since 2001. Authors published with Etruscan Press are from areas such as Cuba, Greece, the District of Columbia, and 15 states across the country.

“Etruscan Press nurtures dialogue in a world of contemporary voices,” says Executive Director Philip Brady. “Etruscan’s body of work in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, criticism and translation subverts traditional boundaries and manifests the impulses beneath conventional modes,” Brady says.

Since 2007, Etruscan has developed outreach programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania and in the fall Etruscan and its partners, Barnes & Noble, the Luzerne County Historical Foundation and Wilkes University, will introduce a literacy program, Emerging Voices, to the Hanover Area School District.

The 2015 AWP Small Press Publisher Award winner will be announced on April 8 at the opening night reception of the AWP annual conference in Minneapolis.