The Muriel Press
“Nothing wasted, no extra – this is how Raki Kopernik constructs The Memory House. Every sentence a small satisfaction to read; some lines punch and others pull readers into the dust and sweetness of what is remembered/misremembered/passed down. Part document, part multi-generational memoir, and one hundred and fifty percent relevant, The Memory House shows us family, war, borders, home, persecution, necessity, longing, belonging, and migration as infinite loops. From the Middle East to the Midwest, from the early 1900’s to now, Raki gives us entry into the stories she carries in her marrow – an heirloom she offers up in words to us.”
-Franciszka Voeltz, author of All this Blue, All this Broken
About The Muriel Press
The Muriel Press is an embedded micro-press at Marian University, where students gain hands-on skills in editing, book design, marketing & public relations through an internship-in-the-classroom. Through a multi-course sequence delivered through the English, Art, and Communication programs, students take books from submission to finished project, working with the author to design a social media launch and the book’s release.
In its naming, the press honors Sr. Muriel Tarr who taught art, music, and English, and was a poet & translator. In keeping with the mission of Marian University, the Muriel Press will publish works of contemporary literature from Upper Midwestern authors with a social justice focus.
Muriel Press Now Open for Prose Submissions
Submissions open May 1st – July 1st
The Muriel Press is excitedly accepting fiction for its second annual publication—and our inaugural year of reviewing prose manuscripts. We welcome full-length fiction manuscripts in the forms of short story collections, novellas, and novels. We seek works that involve themes of social justice and community. Authors should be based in the Upper Midwest (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas). We are especially interested in reading submissions from voices less well represented in traditional publishing spaces, including women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, First Nations writers, and people with disabilities. We are interested in a range of stories, topics, and perspectives.
Please send a cover letter with brief bio, and manuscript as PDF, doc. or docx. to firstname.lastname@example.org. If unable to submit via email, we will accept paper submissions at:
c/o Christina Kubasta
45 S. National Avenue
Fond du Lac WI 54935
Code of Ethics
To adhere as closely as possible to best practices and Council of Literary Magazines and Press’s (CLMP) code of ethics, The Muriel Press will read submissions blind, and exclude close friends, relatives, students, and former students of current Marian University faculty.
Please contact the Press Director with queries:
Christina Kubasta, Associate Professor of English
Christina Kubasta is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press, 2017), and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press, 2017). She teaches English, writing, and cultural studies at Marian University.