Welcome to Running Heads, a new blog for the editors of Wipf and Stock Publishers, located in Eugene, Oregon. Jon Stock, one of our publishers, thought it would be a good idea to create an online forum for our editors, so here we are. We’ve created a blogging rotation, and I’ll be bringing up the rear each week (feel free to ignore Fridays if you find me tedious, uninteresting, or stupid, but please don’t hold it against my fine colleagues!). The full order is as follows:
- Monday: Rodney Clapp
- Tuesday: Robin Parry
- Wednesday: K. C. Hanson
- Thursday: Chris Spinks
- Friday: Charlie Collier
Our charge is to blog about whatever interests us, so our posts will not be confined to publishing matters. Still, we’re hoping the blog serves the mission of Wipf and Stock by making the editors more visible and accessible. So let me be the first to invite you to submit your fine new manuscript to one of the fastest growing publishers—and we hope one of the best—in the world of academic religious publishing.
I came to Wipf and Stock in July of 2006, still working on a dissertation on John Howard Yoder and St. Augustine under the direction of Stanley Hauerwas at Duke University (completed in 2008, whew!). Jon Stock and John Wipf had decided in 2003 to launch a new-book program at Wipf and Stock, having built a successful and rapidly growing publishing company by bringing old books back into print. We still do this, and your recommendations are encouraged! Yet the writing was on the wall at the beginning of the new millenium that the reprint business would face long-term decline, and so Cascade Books was launched (2003), Pickwick Press was acquired (2004), and K. C. Hanson was hired (2005) to form a new-book side of the business that would eventually shake out into three imprints for publishing new works in diverse fields—Cascade Books, Pickwick Publications, and Wipf & Stock. (Our on-demand publishing model affords us great flexibility, and so we have a fourth imprint, Resource Publications, for works that don’t quite fit the molds of the other three.)
Chris Spinks joined in 2007, followed by Robin Parry (2010) and Rodney Clapp (2011). Robin, formerly editorial director of Paternoster in the UK, and Rodney, formerly editor and co-founder of Brazos Press of the Baker Publishing Group, work out of home offices, while Chris, K. C., and I work out of our main office in Eugene.
When it comes to work, my main interests are theology and ethics, and I have a particular fondness for political theology and for interdisciplinary work oriented towards the upbuilding of the local church. My wife, the Rev. Erin Angela Martin, is an elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves Wesley United Methodist Church, where I am a member. We have two gorgeous young boys (Elijah, 6, and Rowan, 3), and two wonderful young-adult daughters that we began fostering in North Carolina and adopted after moving to Oregon (Krysten Kitchens, 22, and Katie Kitchens, 21). When it comes to play, I love the outdoors—snowboarding, hiking, cycling, and running are a few of my favorite things. I’ve also grown to love watching track and field on account of Eugene being home to the Yankee Stadium of the sport—the legendary Hayward Field. In fact, last night I was privileged to witness what is sure to go down as one of the greatest in a long line of great events at Hayward Field: Galen Rupp (former Oregon Duck standout) broke the longest-standing U.S. Track and Field record on the books—Steve Prefontaine’s 1972 Olympic Trials record of 13.22.80 in the 5k. Shaky video of the amazing finish is available here. Until last night, Rupp was 0–12 against Bernard Lagat in the 5k. Rupp also won the Trials 10k, and is the first American to win both 5 and 10k Trials since Curtis Stone in 1952.