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Now available – Michele Meren’s novel Inside Our Days

“When Bree Durning’s ovarian cancer reoccurs, everything she and husband Will believed about their life together is upended and Bree finds herself heading down a path that Will cannot follow, or even understand. Michele Merens has given us a sensitive and beautifully rendered portrait of a marriage in extremis.”

— Yona Zeldis McDonough, Fiction Editor, Lilith Magazine

Michele Merens is a writer and playwright with publishing credits in more than a dozen literary magazines and anthologies including Third Wednesday, Lilith, Plum Hamptons, Poetica, and Inkwell. She is a Puffin Grant winner for her play The Lion’s Den, a DVD copy of its Milwaukee premiere now archived in the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison; a Barnard College Senior Scholar in Creative Writing; and a member of the Dramatist’s Guild. She holds a MSJ from Northwestern University and a BA from Barnard College.

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Now available from the Muriel Press – Finalist for the Minnesota Book Prize

“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

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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.


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

Professor Christina Kubasta








Christina Kubasta is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press, 2017), and the novel This Business of the Flesh (Apprentice House, 2018). She teaches English, writing, and cultural studies at Marian University.