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Cornerstone Press to launch two new titles by Wisconsin authors

April 18, 2022
Cornerstone Press releases the poetry collection Messengers of the Gods and the memoir North Freedom on April 21.
Cornerstone Press releases the poetry collection Messengers of the Gods and the memoir North Freedom on April 21.

Cornerstone Press, the student-staffed teaching press at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, will launch two new books, a memoir and a collection of poetry, on April 21, 2022.

Cornerstone Press will release “Messengers of the Gods” by award-winning Appleton poet Kathryn Gahl and “North Freedom” by Baraboo author Carolyn Dallmann at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, via Zoom webinar.

The event will feature a question-and-answer session with the authors and a roundtable discussion of their new books. A link to the webinar will be sent via email to attendees who sign up through Cornerstone Press’s Google Form:

“Messengers of the Gods” is a part of the Portage Poetry Series, while “North Freedom” is the newest entry in the Back Home Series (nonfiction). Both titles are currently available for pre-order at, and will also be available for pre-order during the launch on April 21. For more information, visit @uwspcornerstonepress on Facebook.

“It was very enlightening to work on with Kathryn on ‘Messengers of the Gods,’” Grace Dahl, editorial director said. “We discussed many of the poems and potential changes, and it was great being able to hear Kathryn’s thoughts as we worked. A lot of style and technique went into this collection.”

“’North Freedom’ is a great window into the past,” says Managing Editor Brett Hill, “nostalgic and relatable for some, eye-opening for others.”

With several new titles being released each semester, students gain industry experience working with writers from all over the United States.

“We are lucky to publish work by these two excellent Wisconsin writers,” noted publisher Ross Tangedal. “Our state features so many gifted writers, and Cornerstone Press prides itself on nurturing the talent in our backyard.”

Cornerstone Press, established in 1984, is made up primarily of students in the English: writing, editing, and publishing major and writing minors offered at UW-Stevens Point. It operates with the support of the English Department and is directed by Ross Tangedal, assistant professor of English and press publisher. Students gain hands-on experience in all aspects of publishing, from acquisitions to marketing the finished product, with courses highlighting editing, design and management.