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St. Andrews University Press Approaches 50 Years of Excellence

St. Andrews University Press, based in Laurinburg, is about to turn fifty: a testimony to their legacy of excellence.

Founded as America’s first undergraduate press in 1969, St. Andrews University Press has since published over 200 titles of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama, including North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductees Fred Chappell, Sam Ragan, Shelby Stephenson, and founding editor Ronald H. Bayes.

The aim of the Press and the St. Andrews Review is to provide a place for established, establishing, or emerging voices to be heard. We are particularly interested in giving voice to emerging poets and writers in our home state of North Carolina.

They’re the de facto publisher of all scholarship on the famous Black Mountain College, and they publish a literary magazine, CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review, as well as an undergraduate rag, Gravity Hill. They also publish the annual winner of The Lena M. Shull Book Contest, sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society.

St. Andrews is involved with the greater North Carolina literary community as well, helping to facilitate the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Mentor Series, where promising student poets at the middle school, high school, college/university and adult level the opportunity to work with a distinguished published poet.

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