The Association of University Presses hails this welcome news from the recently concluded session of the Kentucky state legislature: lawmakers there have voted to restore public funding to the University Press of Kentucky.
With this decision, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives has not only recognized the value of the Press’s 75-year-old publishing program to the people of the Commonwealth; these legislators have also made an important investment in the future of the humanities in the state. “Books on the history and culture of the state, as well as fiction and poetry, published by the Press explore the region and amplify the voices of its writers and scholars,” AUPresses executive director Peter Berkery observes.
The Association applauds the Kentucky legislature and congratulates the Press on this vote of considerable confidence, and also expresses our community’s gratitude to the Thomas D. Clark Foundation for its unflagging support of the Press.
“University Press of Kentucky: A small publisher with a big voice that needs state support,” Stan Macdonald, board president of the Thomas D. Clark Foundation (Lexington Herald-Leader, January 31, 2020)