Welcome to Cornerstone Press

Cornerstone Press is a small, independent publishing house and teaching press located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Established in 1984, the press has published 45 titles to date in multiple genres. Cornerstone Press is the only press of its kind in the University of Wisconsin system, and one of four undergraduate, student-staffed presses in the United States. 

Cornerstone Press operates with the support of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of English and the College of Letters and Science.

The press is a proud affiliate member of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.
Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
The Cornerstone Press publishes up to five titles per year. All books are produced in classes and internships offered by the Department of English. From acquisitions and editing, to layout and design, to marketing and sales, students get a chance to work in all fields of professional publishing.


Listen to Press staff discuss the teaching press model 
and upcoming titles in a recent interview on 
WPR's "Route 51" radio show!   

 New Releases


"The stories in Great Escapes from Detroit are luminous with what lesser writers miss -- the magic and the splendor of the commonplace come alive."

-Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize finalist, auithor of The Bright Forever

"With his keen ear and unerring eye for detail, Joseph O’Malley makes us see, hear, and hope for his characters as if they were our own neighbors and parents and childhood friends."

-Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of Madeleine is Sleeping

“These powerful stories strike just the right balance of tenderness and raw humanity, between shocking and soothing."

-Susanna Daniel, author of Sea Creatures and Stiltsville

"Great Escapes from Detroit is a marvel."

-Daniel Libman, author of Married but Looking

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The Wisconsin Idea Library Initiative

Cornerstone Press is proud to release a new edition of Charles McCarthy’s The Wisconsin Idea, originally published in 1912. Grounded in thorough research, meticulous detail, and a steadfast belief in the public good, the book is an important historical document of the state of Wisconsin, the Midwest, and the United States. The press’s goal is to supply every library in the state with a copy of this new edition through generous donations by the public. There are currently 486 libraries in the state, including public, college, high school, and community libraries. With your generous gift, Cornerstone Press will be able to ensure the continued preservation of The Wisconsin Idea for generations to come.

How to Give

Make Checks Payable to: 

UWSP Foundation, 2100 Main St., Suite 134, Stevens Point, WI 54481

*indicate “WI Idea” on memo line 

**Please include name of donor on memo line if different from name(s) on check


Visit uwsp.edu/givenow

1) enter gift amount

2) select “Other Specific Fund” in designation box

3) enter “Cornerstone Press Fund” as ‘Other Specific Fund’

4) designate name of donor in "Additional Instructions” box

5) fill in billing/payment info

6) select “Give Now”

Donation Levels

1 book for $15

4 books for $50

10 books for $120

40 books for $500

100 books for $1,000

Cornerstone Press provides students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with the unique opportunity to work within a professional, working literary press at the university level. Many of our student staff have gone on to work in various fields, including:

Small Press Publishing
Literary Editing
Magazine Editing
Public Relations
Business Communications
Technical Writing
University Student Affairs
Nonprofit Service
Web Development
Educational Materials
Human Resources
Business Administration
Sales & Marketing
Document Design

For more information and questions please contact 
Dr. Ross K. Tangedal 
Assistant Professor & Director