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University Press of Mississippi suspends travel in response to pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19

By UPM Staff Date: March 11, 2020

UPDATE: March 15, 2020

Due to the cancellation of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, all UPM travel has now been suspended through the end of April.


March 11, 2020

University Press of Mississippi (UPM) has been monitoring the rapid spread of COVID-19. Like many of you, we have been considering the safety of our staff and their families and weighing our options going forward.

In the interest of staff health and safety, UPM has decided to cancel all travel until April 15, 2020. Our offices remain open, though we will take cues from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Institutions of Higher Learning and will take further steps, if necessary. We will assess travel for the latter half of April and May on an ongoing basis.

Signings and other events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and if cancelled, our website and social media will be updated as soon as possible.

Business will continue, and we will keep you informed.

We will no longer be exhibiting at or attending the following meetings:

Society for American Music, March 25–29

Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, April 1–3

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, April 1–5

Southern States Communication Association, April 1–5

Organization of American Historians, April 2–5

Society for the Study of Southern Literature, April 2–5

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, April 15–18

In the coming days, we will be holding virtual sales for each of these conferences. We will also be looking for other ways to engage and connect with everyone we would normally see in person, so keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.

Prospective authors hoping to meet with editors at cancelled meetings, please visit our website to review names and subject areas and contact the appropriate party.

For questions about exhibits and conference discounts, email Kristin Kirkpatrick.

For questions about signings and events, email Steven B. Yates.