The Publishing Laboratory

Publishing Laboratory Today

Located in the newly renovated Kenan Hall, the Department of Creative Writing is home to a state-of-the-art design and production laboratory featuring seventeen iMac computers, Adobe CreativeSuite 6, two professional laser printers, a top-of-the-line plotter, a Challenge Titan guillotine book trimmer, and a Duplo perfect binder, in which Pub Lab students explore the artistic as well as the practical facets of editing, designing, and publishing original books and journals.

Under the mentorship of director Emily Louise Smith, assistant director Beth Staples, and other faculty advisors, a staff of graduate interns work for the literary imprints, helping shepherd magazine and book projects through the publication process. They also help students produce limited-edition chapbooks and use bindery equipment during open lab hours. In the third year, graduate assistants teach their own independent sections of either bookbuilding or editing.

The lab also publishes two literary journals: the creative writing department's award-winning national literary journal of place-based writing, Ecotone, and Chautauqua, redesigned in 2008 under new editors Jill and Philip Gerard.