From Chris Wiewiora:
As you might know, lots of university presses are underfunded. It's even worse when a university unplugs from their press. [Read about SMU Press' recent loss of funding here.] As writers, many times our first publications and books are with literary magazines and presses. I believe we need to support them, always.
I actually have read a couple of books from University of Missouri Press. One of them, Talk Thai, was a favorite memoir of mine from a good buddy Ira Sukrangruang. I would like to read more books from more folks like Ira from university presses like Missouri.
With that, I hope you'll consider signing on to the petition. They need 4,000 signatures and are currently just a nudge under that. Also, please pass along this message to other friends and writers and readers.
Here's the link for the petition: http://bit.ly/LjlemX