Cornerstone Press is a small, independent publishing house supported by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Department of English. Unique among publishing houses, the press is staffed entirely by students taking ENGL 349: Editing and Publishing. Under the direction of the publisher-in-chief, the staff acquires, selects, edits, designs, markets, and sells a book each Fall semester. Our cautious rate of publication – 36 titles since 1984, or a maximum of two titles per year – has enabled the press to be very selective. Our house has built its reputation with readers on the back of this quality and its reputation with authors and would-be authors on the basis of these close relationships. Cornerstone Press has published titles across multiple genres: novels, short story collections, non-fiction collections, memoirs, poetry, children's and young adult books, local histories, translations, cookbooks, guide books, and books of cartoons. We pride ourselves on nurturing talent, developing close relationships with writers worldwide, teaching the art & process of bookmaking, and mentoring those students interested in a career in editing and publishing.
- Cornerstone Press published the first book by Patrick Rothfuss, Quill Award winner and New York Times bestselling novelist. Rothfuss has achieved notoriety as the author of the first two books (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear) in a projected trilogy collectively titled The Kingkiller Chronicle, but his first book was Your Annotated, Illustrated College Survival Guide, Volume I, published by Cornerstone Press in 2005.
- Cornerstone Press published Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest (2007) by Merel R. Black and Emmet J. Judziewicz, which quickly sold through its initial print run. Cornerstone Press then sold the rights to a second edition to the University of Wisconsin Press, which republished the book as Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region in 2009.
- Justin Isherwood, author of many books with multiple publishing houses, including White Ladies and Naked Gardens (Cornerstone, 1991), was described as "one of the Badger state's best-known literary exports."
- In 2016, the Press published Kristine Ong Muslim's Meditations of a Beast, a collection of poetry. A seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee and native of the southern Phillipines, Ms. Muslim is the first international writer published by the Press.
For those interested in how such a unique class began and how it has succeeded, we suggest you look at our history page
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