Sweetwater Fiction: Reintroductions
This series is no longer accepting submissions.
The American mind will be brought to maturity along the chain of the great lakes, the banks of the Mississippi, the Missouri, and their tributaries in the far northwest. There on the rolling plains will be formed a republic of letters which, not governed like that on our seaboard by the great literary powers of Europe, shall be free indeed.—John Milton Mackey
Whether as a result of geography, or our supposed Midwestern modesty, or perhaps an assumption that the Midwest is too mundane to lend itself to fiction, despite Mr. Mackey's 1854 prediction, the Midwest hasn't quite had the success of the East, the South, or the West in defining and celebrating its literary legacy. Until now.
The University of Michigan Press, with the help of Charles Baxter and Keith Taylor, both Midwestern writers and Midwest enthusiasts, are rediscovering—and Reintroducing—some of the lost classics of Midwestern literature. Our goal is to return to print books written about life in the Midwest, particularly in the Great Lakes region—books that continue to be worthy of critical attention, and that will help preserve the literary and artistic tradition of our region.