University of Tampa Press wins Awards of Excellence

The Southeastern Libraries Association has honored the University of Tampa Press with Awards of Excellence for three of its books in the Southern Book Competition Awards, 2008 and 2009. Sponsored every two years by the Southeastern Libraries Association, the Southern Book Competition Award 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, and the 2008 Award of Excellence for Dust Jacket Design to The White Bride, a collection of poems by Sarah Maclay, who will be presenting at this year's Florida Literary Arts Coalition "Other Words" conference in St. Augustine. 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.


The winning books will be part of a traveling exhibit that debuted today at the joint conference of the Arkansas Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association in Little Rock, Arkansas. The exhibit of will then travel to various libraries throughout the Southeast. A copy of each book will also become part of the permanent archive held by the W. T. Young Library of the University of Kentucky.