First director of publishing leads UOG Press

First director of publishing leads UOG Press

First director of publishing leads UOG Press


Victoria Leon Guerrero poses in front of some greenery for a photo
Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero is photographed at the University of Guam on March 8, 2023.

Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero officially leads the University of Guam Press as its first director of publishing.

“As the director of publishing, I hope to continue to establish UOG Press as our region’s premier publishing house dedicated to producing books and resources that capture the unique voices, groundbreaking research, historical perspectives, and cultural values and traditions of the peoples of Micronesia,” Leon Guerrero said. “It has been incredible to witness the many ways our books have transformed local classrooms and community spaces and inspired young people to express themselves and tell their own stories. I am excited to read the future publications that will spark from these efforts.”

Leon Guerrero holds over 20 years of experience as a published author, professional editor, educator, and community organizer. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Mills College and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics degree from the University of San Francisco.

Leon Guerrero has worked at UOG for over 10 years, starting in 2009 as an instructor of English composition. She has also taught creative writing and women and gender studies courses at the University.

In 2015, Leon Guerrero was hired as a program coordinator tasked with reviving the University’s publishing house, UOG Press.

Since then, she has led the publishing of over 55 texts within three major imprints; increased accessibility to literature throughout communities in Micronesia, selling over 40,000 volumes of books; established regional and national partnerships with other academic institutions including the Northern Marianas College and New York University Press; garnered grants and contracts to support various publishing efforts including the development of textbooks and other curriculum resources for the Guam Department of Education; and fostered local authors and artists through creative workshops, retreats and fellowships.

Recognizing the growth and success of the Press, the University created a director of publishing position in December 2021 and Leon Guerrero was appointed interim director while the University conducted a hiring search. She applied and was selected for the position in December 2022.

Prestigious residency program

While much of Leon Guerrero’s work has centered on creating opportunities within the community, she has also been successful at establishing the Press’s national reputation. Last year, UOG Press became an affiliate member of the Association of University Presses and Leon Guerrero was recently accepted for a prestigious Press Director Residency Program, through which she will spend two weeks shadowing and learning from the directors of Princeton University Press, New York University Press, and Fordham University Press.

“This is an incredible opportunity to gain firsthand experience at a variety of university presses and learn from their best practices and publishing approaches,” Leon Guerrero shared. “It will also allow me to promote the work of UOG Press. I will gain mentorship and hope to bring back what I learn to continue to expand what is possible here.”

For more information or inquiries contact:

UOG Press Publicist Via De Fant at or call (671) 735-2153.

About the University of Guam Press

The University of Guam Press publishes an array of academic and literary books and journals with a specific focus on the unique history, environment, peoples, cultures, and languages of the islands that make up the Western Pacific region. Learn more about their services and publications at