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“University Press of Mississippi: The Next Fifty Years”

In 2020 the University Press of Mississippi celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, but this Oxford Conference for the Book session, “University Press of Mississippi: The Next Fifty Years,” looks to the future. This panel of UPM business office, editorial, and art department staff discusses the business of producing scholarly books in an ever-changing publishing world. Panelists include Pete Halverson, senior book designer; Tonia Lonie, business manager; Lisa McMurtray, associate editor; and Jordan Nettles, marketing assistant and digital coordinator.

Founded in 1970, University Press of Mississippi is the largest and only nonprofit publisher in the state. Affiliated with and supported by Mississippi’s eight state universities, UPM has more than 2,000 active titles and has distributed more than 3,100,000 books worldwide in print and digital editions, each with the Mississippi imprint. From their offices in Jackson, they acquire, edit, design, and promote more than 85 new books every year. Operating in a rapidly evolving marketplace and striving to be an antiracist organization, UPM values and promotes equity and justice, publishing books that interpret the South and its culture to the nation and the world, scholarly books of the highest distinction, and books vital to readers in African American studies, Caribbean studies, comics studies, film and media studies, folklore, history, literary studies, music, and popular culture.