My Mission with The Press

Kathryn Patterson '18
Kathryn Patterson ’18
Photo Credit: Erin Higidon, UNG Vanguard Editor

When I am posed with the question of what brought me to the University of North Georgia Press one word seems to do the trick; metamorphosis. There is something extraordinarily beautiful about the transformation of the written word, the knowledge that style and tone can impart, and the clarity that editing provides.

I feel that interning with the UNG Press will provide a unique medium where I can become more competent in shaping and guiding not only my works, but also the work of others. I hope that the Press’ drive will center on helping writers to focus on collective creativity and technique. Reshaping complex ideas will hopefully be a result of our ingenuity. My mission is to inspire our team while channeling my thoughts and ideas towards a refined piece. I look forward to shaping other’s understanding in order to break through to the music of each individual work.

My goal is to bring forth the artistry of coherence. I am determined to balance clarity and elegance through rhetorical expression, while making it my goal to thrive off the innovation and intricate strategies of form and function. This is my aim because other editors’ and authors’ precise writing styles have inspired me to follow my passion.

It is my hope that these inspirations that have brought me to The Press will carry me further through a career in writing and publication. My passion is the passion of others. What I mean is, I seek to dedicate my life’s work to truly listening and sharing the passions of others. I believe it is my calling to encourage others to share their creations. This is what encourages and enlightens my own work.

I write to teach and to learn, but most of all to inspire. I hope that my experience with The Press can provide others with insight into themselves and the brilliance of publications. I am determined to become proficient in providing a perceptive account of conviction and thought. I see this internship as an opportunity to not only further explore my passion of publication but to also find new ways to assist writers in their own journey through expression.

My hope is that we as UNG Press writers and editors will guide one another toward the very inspirations that give us our name.

This is why I’m an English major. This is why I’ve asked to intern with the Press. But most importantly, this is why I write.


Partnership with UGA Press

The University Press of North Georgia is proud to announce a new marketing and distribution partnership with The University of Georgia Press. Through this partnership, UGA Press will market and distribute our past, current, and future titles. Their marketing activities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • ugalogoour titles will be listed in their print, subject, and website catalogs.
  • our titles’ metadata will be sent to Bowker’s, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. All of our titles will be available for purchase from these sites.
  • sales representatives will sell our titles directly to bookstores.
  • our titles will sent out for journal/newspaper/online reviews and awards.
  • our titles will be exhibited at literary conferences and festivals and at booksellers association conferences.
 The UGA Press is the largest and the oldest book publisher in Georgia. Established in 1938, they are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.
You can see our selection of available titles in the UGA Press’s fall catalog:

The Creativity of the Crowd

The Crowdsourced Poetry Project is under way! We have three lines so far and are excited to see more contributions to our sestina. Go to our Facebook page to submit your contribution for the next line. Our poem so far:

I began to ask myself the questions
With answers hanging in the air
What is here is noise, above which we can hear

For those of you who don’t already know, the Press is doing an experiment in creativity where we are hoping to harness the wisdom and imagination of the public to create a stunning poem. We have chosen to use the sestina for our form, mostly because it requires no rhyming or syllable counting, making it more accessible to contributors, while its use of repeated end-words gives it just enough complexity and structure so that it won’t spin off into a wild dervish. A sestina is a poem of six stanzas that are each six lines long and then a final, three line envoi. The stanzas all end with the same six words as the first stanza, though in a very specific order. In “Sestina: Altaforte” Ezra Pound uses these words at the ends of the first six lines: peace, music, clash, opposing, crimson, and rejoicing. According to the form they reappear in the second stanza in a new order as: rejoicing, peace, crimson, music, opposing, and clash, and so on throughout the next four stanzas. The repetition of these words both allows and forces the writer to use them in new ways and with new meaning imbued each time, creating a rich tapestry of language where the pattern continues to reveal itself throughout. Please join us in our quest to crowdsource a poem; the results are sure to be interesting and possibly very beautiful indeed.

A Sestina by Everyone

A Sestina by Everyone

A few weeks ago I was talking with some colleagues about the changing face of literature.  Everyone knows about e-readers and online publications by now, and even blogs are getting a lot of attention.  We started talking about an author who is writing a novel one chapter at a time, publishing it online like a blog, and then getting her readership to send her input on what should happen next.  She then takes all that input and writes the next chapter.  It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book but in real time. The author is literally catering to her own, specific audience.  Joking, I said, “Can you imagine writing poetry that way?  Gross.”  Because poetry is so personal, so visceral, there’s no way it could ever be written by a group of random, loosely strung-together strangers, I thought.  But the idea of a crowdsourced poem had gotten into my head and it wouldn’t get out.  What if we did compose a poem with a bunch of random, loosely strung-together strangers?  What would happen to the creativity level?  The personal aspect?  Could it be done?

To understand what we’re talking about, it may be necessary to take a couple of steps back and actually define what crowdsourcing is and how it’s been used in the past. Crowdsourcing is a method of outsourcing work that is thought to get better results by spreading the work around to as many people as possible, especially people who are not necessarily specialized in a particular skill.  The idea is that while expert knowledge is held by a few, wisdom is held in the collective conscience.  The term crowdsourcing was coined by Jeff Howe in an article for Wired Magazine in 2006, but the method itself can be dated much farther back in history.  The editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, Sir James A. H. Murray, faced with the daunting task of recording and defining every word in the English language from Middle English forward, as well as finding the earliest known examples of each, put out an “Appeal to the English-Speaking and English-Reading Public” asking anyone who was willing to read works of English and gather data for this huge etymological endeavor. These contributors would then send in slips of paper for each word researched and Murray and his colleagues compiled the lot of them into the most extensive dictionary we have to date.   The more people you have working on a project the more input you get, and, with an intellectual endeavor, as opposed to a mathematical or scientific one, more and varied input is valuable. But, what about with a creative or an artistic endeavor?  Will the crowd’s wisdom be a contribution to the work or will it detract from it, leaving you with an unfocused, overreaching mess?  I have decided to find out.

Over the next several weeks my colleague Victoria Capaldi and I will be driving a new project that, for now, we are calling “The Crowdsourced Poetry Project.” We, as in Victoria and I and you and anyone who chooses to take part, will be writing a poem, one line at a time, together.  To do it we will post a single line on our facebook page, and then in the comments we will accept submissions for the next line. As the comments come in, Victoria and I will be compiling and editing the submissions, and each time a new line is chosen we will post it and accept for submissions for the next line.  For our  form we have chosen a sestina, originally a French form of poetry divided into 6 sestets (six line stanzas) and 1 triplet called an envoi, a concluding stanza half the size of the rest. The distinguishing feature of a sestina is that the words ending each line in the first stanza are repeated as the end words for the other six stanzas in a specific order: ABCDEFG, FAEBDC, CFDABE, ECBFAD, DEACFB, BDFECA, (envoi) ECA or ACE.  One excellent example is “Sestina” by Charles Algernon Swinburne, reprinted below.  While he chose to rhyme his end words, it is not required.  Some other notable examples are “Sestina” by Elizabeth Bishop ( and SIX by Charlotte Mandel ( .

Stay tuned to our page at to take part in this exciting and terrifying new project.

Sestina by Charles Algernon Swinburne

I saw my soul at rest upon a day
As a bird sleeping in the nest of night,
Among soft leaves that give the starlight way
To touch its wings but not its eyes with light;
So that it knew as one in visions may,
And knew not as men waking, of delight.

This was the measure of my soul’s delight;
It had no power of joy to fly by day,
Nor part in the large lordship of the light;
But in a secret moon-beholden way
Had all its will of dreams and pleasant night,
And all the love and life that sleepers may.

But such life’s triumph as men waking may
It might not have to feed its faint delight
Between the stars by night and sun by day,
Shut up with green leaves and a little light;
Because its way was as a lost star’s way,
A world’s not wholly known of day or night.

All loves and dreams and sounds and gleams of night
Made it all music that such minstrels may,
And all they had they gave it of delight;
But in the full face of the fire of day
What place shall be for any starry light,
What part of heaven in all the wide sun’s way?

Yet the soul woke not, sleeping by the way,
Watched as a nursling of the large-eyed night,
And sought no strength nor knowledge of the day,
Nor closer touch conclusive of delight,
Nor mightier joy nor truer than dreamers may,
Nor more of song than they, nor more of light.

For who sleeps once and sees the secret light
Whereby sleep shows the soul a fairer way
Between the rise and rest of day and night,
Shall care no more to fare as all men may,
But be his place of pain or of delight,
There shall he dwell, beholding night as day.

Song, have thy day and take thy fill of light
Before the night be fallen across thy way;
Sing while he may, man hath no long delight.

This article was written with assistance from UPNG interns Victoria Capaldi and Patrick Brehe

Link-N-Blogs for Jan 4, 2013

“Those of us who read because we love it more than anything, who feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers…”–Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

  1. 14% of Kids have Never Been in a Bookstore: It’s a shocking figure. Read more about this research and other information about children and reading in this article from The Bookseller.
  2. Happy Words: To offset the terrible kids and bookstore statistic, here are some of the happiest words in the English Language brought to you by Mental Floss. What words make you happy?
  3. Book Discovery: Looking for a new book? Check out this new website, Bookateria, that offers two million+ titles for sale through several retail partners including: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, iBookstore, and Books-A-Million.
  4. Victorian Novels & TV Series: Flavorwire presents a list of Victorian books that they’d like to see turned into television dramas. Do you have any other Victorian novels that you’d add to the list?
  5. Dreamhouses for Book-nerds: And finally, another selection from Flavorwire. In this list, they showcase some houses that are perfect for book-nerds.

“A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot.”–Alan Bennett

Bookshelf by Colin Thompson
Bookshelf by Colin Thompson