On May 24th University of Missouri President Tom Wolfe announced that funding for the 54-year-old university press would be ended almost immediately. This was a devastating decision for the staff of the press, the writers who have been published by the press, and all writers who care about the fate of university and other small presses in the United States. Most of these presses work on a shoestring budget to publish really good work that would never see the light of day in the major publishing houses, which focus on highly mass marketable publications.
You can learn more about the effort to save the University of Missouri Press at this Facebook Page. Many writers are working to let Tim Wolfe know he made a mistake.