The Prickly Pear Press has an impressive history of publishing critically acclaimed poetry since its founding in 1973 by Dave Oliphant. While primarily a "regional" press, in that most of its authors are Texans, the appeal of its books has been widespread. The press’s publications have been recognized nationally and even internationally for their original designs and for their quality contents.

The Special Collections department of the Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University, is the depository for the archives of the press as well as the papers of Dave Oliphant, founding editor, and several of the poets published by the press, including William Barney and Joseph Colin Murphey.

Prickly Pear Press Publications 1973-1999

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These pages are an electronic version of an exhibit displyed in the lobby of the Mary Couts Burnett Library from
9 October 1998 - 31 January 1999 as part of the Prickly Pear Press 25th Anniversary celebration. The exhibit was curated by Roger L Rainwater, Special Collections Librarian.

Special Collections
Mary Couts Burnett Library
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
Copyright Prickly Pear Press and Texas Christian University, 1999