It's pretty widely known by now that Southern Methodist University is considering closing their press. This is a press that has had the same trio at the helm for years, that publishes fantastic authors, many of whom write either story collections, or what I consider quieter novels, that larger publishing houses would quash early in the process because they're not the easiest to market. However they do get reviews for their authors.
Anyway, the original blast of support, emails to Senior Editor, Kathryn Lang, to take with her to a meeting with Provost Ludden, and some other actions taken by the faculty of SMU have given the press a small extension to prove their viability.
How can we help now? Write an email to the Provost and cc it to Kathryn (emails are listed below). Please think about how to address this - chiding the Provost for the decision to cut the press probably won't help. Explain as succinctly as possible why SMU Press is an asset to the University and an important institution to the culture at large.
Provost Ludden: firstname.lastname@example.org