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Founded in the late 1950s, San Diego State University Press is the oldest university press in the California State University system--with 23 campuses, almost 484,300 students, 26,858 faculty and 23,505 staff, the CSU is the largest, most diverse, and affordable university system in the country and SDSU one of its flagship institutions of higher education.1 Today SDSU Press is guided by an editorial board made up of six scholars within SDSU's College of Arts and Letters and eight scholars from other universities. San Diego State University Press's various publication programs and imprints include:

Amatl Comix
The newest addition to the SDSU Press stable of imprints, Amatl Comix publishes cutting-edge graphic narratives (sequential art) in novel-length graphic book form with scholarly add-ons including interviews and critical essays by leaders in the field of comics. Each volume in the series emerges as a stand-alone volume, perfect for student or scholar alike. Think Norton Critical Editions, but illustrated, combined with a Fantagraphics-like approach to comic book production.

Hyperbole Books, an imprint of SDSU Press
SDSU's Press newest imprint was brought kicking and screaming into the world in 2004. Eclectic, dynamic, loud and erratic, it aims to make available critical volumes that document (without handcuffing) elements of cutting-edge aesthetics. Hyperbole Books is presently accepting submissions--more info here.

SurText: U. S.-Mexico Border / Southwest History
SurTEXT continues one of SDSU Press' most important and longest-standing publication interests. Titles in this area include scholarly treatments of the U.S./Mexico borderlands and beyond. SurText is presently accepting manuscript submissions from new authors and titles--more info appears at the bottom of this page.

Code[x] Books

Code[x] brings out scholarly studies in the avant garde, post-structuralism, semiotics, queer thoery, gender studies, graphic narrative, contemporary photography and translation theory. This work reflects our engagement with current interventions with an emphasis on innovative scholarship. Code[x]: Postmodernism|Cultural Studies|Translation Theory is presently accepting submissions/manuscripts for consideration--see more info below

The Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias
The Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias (IRSC) provides San Diego State University with a forum for the investigation, discussion, and dissemination of information about the United States-Mexican border region. The Institute focuses on the border area of California and Baja California, but also monitors border regions elsewhere in the world. Created in 1983, the Institute has undertaken multidisciplinary applied research projects on important regional concerns including transborder environmental issues, policy perspectives of the California-Mexico relationship, quality of life, and sustainable development. IRSC also plays an active role in Mexico-related professional organizations and is frequently consulted on transborder issues by the media, nongovernmental organizations, the public sector, and other border stakeholders. For editorial information and more, see the main IRSC website.

Baja California Literature in Translation
These books present English-language translations of the best of contemporary writing being produced in Baja California. The Baja California Literature in Translation is presently on hiatus.

Binational Press/Editorial binacional
The Binational Press/Editorial binacional publishes bilingual books (English/Spanish) as a joint venture between the university presses of San Diego State University and the Autonomous University of Baja California. These works focus on U.S.-Mexico border culture. The Binational Press was founded in 1987 as a cooperative effort between San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus, and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.  The press publishes bilingual works by new, emerging, and established Mexican and U.S. writers who explore border phenomena from various perspectives. Binational Press/Editorial binacional is unique, simultaneously regional and international and mutually sharing all editorial and production efforts. Binational Press/Editorial binacional is presently on hiatus.

Graduate Division and Research Lectures
SDSU Press publishes two series of lectures and colloquia sponsored by the University's Graduate Division and Research-the Distinguished University Lectures, and the Distinguished Research Lectures. The Graduate Division and Research Lectures series are presently on hiatus.


Poetry International
Poetry Internationa is an annual poetry journal--each issue includes translations from around the world. The noted pantheon of authors published within the pages of Poetry International include: Jorge Louis Borges, Paul Celan, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marina Tsvetaeva, Octavio Paz, Kamau Brathwaite, Osip Mandelshtam, Andrianne Rich, John Ashbery, Roberto Bolano, Gerald Stern, Yusef Komynyakaa, Amir Saadi Youssef, Hayden Carruth, Gabriela Mistral, Derek Walcott, Maxine Kumin, Charles Simic, Jean Valentine, Wanda Coleman, Jane Hirshfield, Marge Piercy, Pablo Neruda, James Tate, Seamus Heaney, Ewa Lipska, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Carolyn Forche, Anne Waldman, Toi Derricotte, Robert Bly, Gary Soto, and Li Young Lee. Poetry International's book reviews section includes over 50 pages of careful consideration of poetry collections published in the previous year. Special chapbooks and symposiums, such as Symposium on Translation, are also included. Each issue feature section showcasing the poetry of one nation, such as Russia, Israel, Mexico, Iraq, Vietnam, Chile, and Cuba.

Pacific Review
Pacific Review is a West Coast Arts Review Annual edited by graduate students and undergraduates from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.        

Editorial Queries

All editorial queries for San Diego State University Press should be mailed or emailed to the Director.

Dr. William A. Nericcio
Editor/ Director
San Diego State University Press
Arts and Letters 226/MC 6020

English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University

San Diego, California 92182.6020


Updated 17 August 2023