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Amy Etcheson

Interim Director, SIU Press

Amy Etcheson is the Interim Director of SIU Press at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She is the program host and co-creator of Inside The Blanket Fort radio program and podcast.

  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort today, as we discuss a book near and dear to us at SIU Press. Jason Emerson’s Lincoln the Inventor, the book that inspired our popular Concise Lincoln Library series. This book was originally published in 2009 but finally took its rightful place in the series on September 19th when we released a new edition retrofitted in the style of the Concise Lincoln Library series.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we talk with the author of a forthcoming book from SIU Press entitled Latinos in Chicago: Quest for a Political Voice by Wilfredo Cruz. This new book documents the path to political power for Latinos in the Midwest’s largest city, where they have been fighting for representation for more than a century. Beginning with the Latino community’s first attempt to acquire a political voice in Chicago politics in 1911 and continuing through Latino officeholders of the early twenty-first century.While this book won’t be out until November, we preview it now in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, which begins Thursday, September 15th and lasts through October 15th.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we conclude our conversation with SIU Press authors Fred Delcomyn and James L. Ellis, who co-wrote A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we continue our conversation with SIU Press authors Fred Delcomyn and James L. Ellis, who co-wrote A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers. In 2003, Fred imagined his two-and-a-half-acre backyard, which had been farmed for corn and soybeans for generations, restored to a tallgrass prairie. For the next seventeen years, he and his friend James scored, seeded, monitored, reseeded, and burned those backyard acres into prairie. Their book documents the journey of their restoration and reveals the incredible potential of a backyard to travel back to a time before the wild prairie was put into plow rows.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we begin a conversation with SIU Press authors Fred Delcomyn and James L. Ellis, who co-wrote A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers. Released in the summer of 2021, this book documents a seventeen-year-long restoration of Fred Delcomyn’s two-and-a-half-acre backyard in central Illinois to its natural state of tallgrass prairie.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we continue our Summer in southern Illinois theme, with Land Between the Rivers: The Southern Illinois Country, by authors C. William Horrell, Henry Dan Piper, and Jon W. Voigt.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we continue our Summer in southern Illinois theme with John E. Schwegman’s book The Natural Heritage of Illinois: Essays on Its Lands, Waters, Flora, and Fauna.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we continue our Summer in Southern Illinois theme, with Larry P. and Donna J. Mahan’s book 20 Day Trips in and around the Shawnee National Forest, published in 2013.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we hear some 'fish tales' from our region. For the past 66 years, SIU Press has published books that promote the understanding of our region, from its natural beauty to its storied and diverse history. Art Reid’s Fishing Southern Illinois, was published in 1986. At the time, it was a comprehensive guide to fishing in the region, drawn from the author’s 25 plus years of firsthand experience.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we mark the 55th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all state laws against interracial marriage in the United States.