Unbound Edition Press today announced that it has named acclaimed poet and literary critic Peter Campion as executive editor. Campion will set and lead the overall editorial direction for the independent literary press, including its collections of poetry, short fiction, literary non-fiction and essays, and memoirs.
Peter Campion is the author of Radical as Reality: Form and Freedom in American Poetry; four collections of poems, Other People, The Lions, El Dorado, and One Summer Evening at the Falls; and several monographs and catalog essays on modern and contemporary visual art. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, he directs the graduate MFA writing program at the University of Minnesota.
Campion’s executive role with Unbound Edition Press includes both editorial and contracting authority in collaboration with publisher and editor in chief, Patrick Davis. Campion has previously edited the experimental anthology The Experiment Will Not Be Bound for the press, which is due out Summer 2022.
“We have enjoyed an exceptional working relationship with Peter for some time now. It was a natural, smart, and joyful extension of it to bring him on board in a formal leadership capacity,” said Davis. “We are honored and excited to have Peter be a part of building and growing Unbound Edition Press.”
Campion, who originally met Davis through the celebrated Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, said: “It’s a great pleasure to work with a press that publishes top-notch writers and genuinely supports those writers and their books. I’ve been so impressed by the dedication of everyone at Unbound Edition Press to the vital and deeply relevant project of contemporary literary publishing.”
“Given our success in 2021, it is time to focus on making 2022 even stronger,” Davis said. Unbound Edition Press earned high-praise reviews, bestseller rankings, and a coveted Kirkus Star across its various Fall 2021 titles. They included My Love Is a Beast: Confessions by Alexander Cheves (literary non-fiction; memoir); We Prefer the Damned by Carlo Matos (poetry); and Ecologia by Sophia Anfinn Tonnessen (poetry).