Once housed in the basement of Tribble, the Wake Forest University Press releases their beloved Irish poetry from a new home just outside of campus on Reynolda Road.
Ahead of their housewarming party Nov. 3, the Press invited the Old Gold & Black to see the new space. Having moved into the space in July, much of the summer and fall semester thus far has been dedicated to decorating.
The main parlor is roomy and great for hosting gatherings, decorated with bookcases and a painting donated by Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson. The new Press location feels more like a home than an office space, making it more inviting to the public than their previous location in Tribble.
“The most exciting thing [about the new location] is having a more public face to the Press because we have such a good reputation outside of Wake Forest,” said Amanda Keith, the manager of the Wake Forest University Press.
“It is nice to have a place that reflects that reputation to our local community as we have been hidden away,” Keith said.
Not only is the space more aesthetically-pleasing, but also better-suited to the Press’s business plans and presentation. Now, more so than ever, the Press has the space to host poetry readings for students, faculty, staff and the general public. Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson is set to read at the housewarming event on Friday. Also, the new location has larger space for archives of Irish poetry, as well as for their collections of poetry for sale.
It is an exciting new time for the Wake Forest University Press, as a recent Instagram giveaway has nearly doubled their social media followership. The opening of their new home is another exciting step in making the Press more accessible.
“Now, hopefully people will drive by and see our name and see Irish poetry and look us up to see what we’re all about,” Keith said.