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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.

Submission Call

The Muriel Press seeks full-length poetry manuscripts (45-90 pages of poetry, excluding front and back matter) with a social justice focus, from writers of the Upper Midwest (Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota). We are particularly interested in outward-focused work, poetry of witness, and work that engages contemporary issues with an interest in justice and transformation. We are open to all forms and aesthetics, and look forward to reading submissions from women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ authors, people with disabilities, and voices less visible within traditional publishing spaces.

We will accept submissions from 4/15 – 6/15/2018.

Please send manuscript (either doc., docx. or PDF) as an attachment to Include no identifying information on the manuscript, or on the title page. In an email, please include: name, a short biography, contact information, acknowledgements (if any), and a brief cover letter. If you are unable to submit electronically, please send your manuscript to:

Christina Kubasta
The Muriel Press
Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI  54935

Include: name, a short biography, contact information, acknowledgements (if any), and a brief cover letter and no identifying information in the manuscript itself.

The selected manuscript will be developed in collaboration with the author and The Muriel Press. The author will receive 50 copies of the book as honorarium.

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.