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The Muriel Press is pleased to announce we will be publishing Raki Kopernik’s The Memory House as our first book. Kopernik describes The Memory House as a poetic memoir based on interviews with her parents about growing up in the Middle East, woven with her own experience as a first generation American.

We would also like to recognize our finalists:

Chrissy Kolaya: We Didn’t Come to Have a Good Time, We Came to See You

Mara Ptacek: Zen in a Time of Chaos

Thank you to our readers, Joseph Foy, Justin Ponder, and Patricia Ramdeen.

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.

Submission Call

The Muriel Press will re-open for submissions in April 2019, when we will be reading prose manuscripts. Please check back for details.

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 novella Girling (Brain Mill Press, 2017). She teaches English, writing, and cultural studies at Marian University.