The University of New Mexico Press announces that Hilda Raz is the new editor for its Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series.

Raz, recently retired from Prairie Schooner, served as editor for the literary journal since 1987 and is founding director of the Prairie Schooner Book Prizes in poetry and short fiction. In 1993, she was named the first Luschei Professor and Editor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska and worked intensively with graduate students in their PhD program.

She is past president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, has been a visiting writer at several universities, MFA programs, and writers' conferences including Brockport, Bread Loaf, Writers at Work, Taos Summer Writers' Conference and the University of Nebraska. The author of 13 books, her most recent works include a book of poetry, All Odd and Splendid, and What Becomes You, a nonfiction memoir she co-wrote with her transgender son Aaron (born Sarah).

Through the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, UNM Press is dedicated to publishing poetry that engages and gives voice to the realities of living in, working in, and experiencing the West as a place and a metaphor. Publications in the series include In a Dybbuk's Raincoat: Collected Poems by Bert Meyers, A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works by Levi Romero, and The Singing Bowl by City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe. Begging for Vultures: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009 by Lawrence Welsh and Ruins by Margaret Randall will be available from UNM Press this fall.

Elise McHugh, UNM Press managing editor and in-house poetry editor, said, "We're thrilled that Raz has agreed to come aboard as series editor. Her enthusiasm for poetry and emerging writers is exactly the kind of energy the series needs to continue its mission of expanding access to, and the audience for, quality poetry."

Established in 1929 by the UNM regents, UNM Press is a well-known and respected publisher in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, indigenous studies, Latin American studies, American studies, Chicana/o studies, art, architecture, and the history, literature, ecology and cultures of the American West.

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