The Cornerstone Press is a small, independent publishing house and teaching press. As the only press of its kind in the University of Wisconsin system, and one of four undergraduate, student-staffed presses in the United States, the Press operates with the support of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of English, the School of Humanities and Global Studies, and the College of Letters and Science. Established in 1984, the press has published over 50 titles to date in multiple genres.  

We are located in the Collins Classroom Center (Room 127) of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Margaret Rozga and Cornerstone Press receive recognition from the Council for Wisconsin Writers!

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Stevens Point, WI -- The Council for Wisconsin Writers recognized Holding My Selves Together: New and Selected Poems by Margaret Rozga (Cornerstone Press 2021) as the Honorable Mention title in the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for 2021, judged by renowned poet Allison Joseph. The award is one of ten bestowed upon writers from the state during the CWW's annual Wisconsin Writers Awards.

Award winners will be celebrated on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at a reception from 3:00–4:00 pm, followed by the awards presentation and readings by First Place Winners, at the Arts + Literature Laboratory, 111 S. Livingston Street #100, Madison, Wisconsin.

The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a unique community of writers, readers, educators, and literary people, both amateur and professional, throughout the state. For over 50 years, their mission has been to recognize and celebrate Wisconsin writers and to promote awareness of our state's great literary heritage.

Cornerstone Press is the student-staffed teaching press at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, where students get hands-on experience in editing, designing, marketing, and selling books in multiple genres. "Peggy Rozga's work is sublime, filled with heart and hope," said Ross K. Tangedal, assistant professor of English and press director & publisher. "Being recognized by the Council for Wisconsin Writers is a testament to her talent, and to the dedicated student staff at the university's press."

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Courses related to the Cornerstone Press:

 ENGL 339 - Book and Publication Design

Study the art and application of book and publication design. Use Adobe InDesign Publishing Suite to create layouts, covers, and other book materials. Edit, design, market, and sell at minimum one book acquired by Cornerstone Press.

3 cr.

 ENGL 349 - Editing and Publishing

Writing, editing, and preparing materials for publication, including consideration of reader/editor appeal, and ways to market manuscripts. [Editor’s note: The class must find a manuscript, produce and sell a book.] Available for graduate credit as ENGL 549

3 cr.

 ENGL 350 - Creative Nonfiction

Art of nonfiction writing using literary devices to write about true events. The course explores creative nonfiction forms and includes class discussion of student work. 

Either ENGL 250 or ENGL 253, Instructor Consent, or Department Consent

3 cr.

 ENGL 373 - Publication for Teachers

Foundational publication and journalism basics connected to theory and practice; intended for those teaching at the middle and secondary levels in any/all subjects. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 573.

Admission to Professional Education Program (English) or Department Consent

Typically Offered:
Summer Only

3 cr.

 ENGL 388 - Editorial Process

Study of the editorial process, including editorial theory, developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Consider the role of the editor in various kinds of media, engage in hands-on editorial work, and consult with editors and writers. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 588

3 cr.

 ENGL 389 - Book History

Study of the book as a medium and its role in the development and transmission of culture, addressing the implications of topics such as authorship, printing, publishing, distribution, bookselling, and reading. Course themes will be developed both theoretically via case studies and practically via hands-on activities. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 589

3 cr.

 ENGL 390 - Profession of Authorship

The figure of the “author” from 1800 to the present in the United States, focusing on the writer as professional both in the literary marketplace and in the culture at large, and examining representative authors from Susanna Rowson to Toni Morrison. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 590

3 cr.

Typically Offered: Once per academic year

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Interested in the Press?

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student English major or minor with questions about courses related to the Press, are a writer interested in publishing a book through the Press, or are looking for general Press-related infiormation, please contact:

Dr. Ross K. Tangedal
Assistant Professor and Director of Cornerstone Press

Stevens Point Campus
426 Collins Clasroom Center

English Department 

For general questions for the English Department regarding coursework or to connect with someone for advising please contact us at:  


Main Office: 715-346-4757