India, April 19 -- The WSU Press is teaming up with Whitworth University to launch a new publishing imprint dedicated to bringing more visibility to the scholarship of the region.

Pines Press - a first-of-its-kind collaboration giving faculty at the Spokane-area private college a new avenue to have their academic works put to print - was conceived by WSU Press Editor-in-Chief Linda Bathgate and Amanda Clark, Whitworth's dean of the library and special programs.

After serving on her college's research and faculty development committee, Clark noticed academic projects undertaken during sabbaticals or with support from university grants were often unfinished.

"I realized there must be so many manuscripts sitting in dusty bottom drawers of...