Jonathan Haupt is director of the University of South Carolina Press, a seventy-one-year-old scholarly and regional trade publishing house with more than 2,000 published books and a 2012 South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities to its credit. Haupt has served as the Press’s director since 2012 and, prior to that, as Assistant Director for Sales & Marketing.
He acquires in regional fiction, poetry, and children’s and young adult literature—most notably as the sponsoring editor for Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint, Nikky Finney’s Palmetto Poetry Series, the USC Institute for Southern Studies’ Southern Revivals series, and the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy’s Young Palmetto Books series.
He holds an M.A. in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (where he may or may not have studied under the inspiration for Hank Devereaux in Richard Russo’s novel Straight Man). Haupt began his university press career at Southern Illinois University Press, a small publisher with the curious distinction of having produced three contemporary southern university press directors through the boot camp of its marketing department: Haupt; Lisa Bayer, director of the University of Georgia Press; and Curtis Clark, former director of USC Press and current director of the University of Alabama Press. Haupt has benefited directly from the mentorship and friendships of Bayer and Clark.
In addition to his duties for USC Press, Haupt serves on a number of advisory boards, including those of the South Carolina Book Festival and One Book, One Columbia. He lives in Irmo, South Carolina, with his wife Lorene and a trio of rescued pets that eerily resemble a lion, tiger, and bear.