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University Press of Kentucky

University Press of Kentucky

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Founded: 1949
Founded by: University of Kentucky
Location: 663 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40508-4008


The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and was organized in 1969 as successor to the University of Kentucky Press. The university had sponsored scholarly publication since 1943. In 1949 the Press was established as a separate academic agency under the university president, and the following year Bruce F. Denbo, then of Louisiana State University Press, was appointed as the first full-time professional director. Denbo served as director of UPK until his retirement in 1978, building a small but distinguished list of scholarly books with emphasis on American history and literary criticism.

Offices for the administrative, editorial, production, and marketing departments are found at the University of Kentucky, which is responsible for the overhead cost of the publishing operation. Denbo was succeeded as director by Kenneth H. Cherry, who came to UPK from the University of Tennessee Press. During Cherry's tenure, the size of the press more than quadrupled. Upon Cherry's retirement in 2001, Stephen M. Wrinn, formerly of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, became director in 2002. In 2016, Leila W. Salisbury, who had come to the Press full-time in 1994 and later served as director at the University Press of Mississippi, rejoined UPK as director.

Since the 1969 reorganization, the Press has represented a consortium that now includes all of Kentucky's state universities, five of its private colleges, and two historical societies. Each constituent institution is represented on a statewide editorial board, which supervises the UPK imprint. The Press serves:

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