Handmade Chapbooks / Publishing Workshop
PRESS 254 is a handmade chapbook press and publishing workshop founded in 2012. The editors-in-chief and workshop instructors are Steve Halle, director of the Publications Unit in the Department of English at Illinois State University, and Holms Troelstrup, assistant director. All chapbooks are produced by a student staff of publishing studies majors from English 254: Introduction to Professional Publishing. PRESS 254 engages emerging writers from the ISU and Bloomington-Normal communities by publishing four books each year in two unique series: the Sutherland Series (fall releases) and the Word Bombing Series (spring releases). The teaching press provides editing, design, production, distribution, and marketing services for their chapbook-length works. It seeks to help launch these writers by putting them in contact with local and national audiences receptive to their work and to break down the barriers between artists, publishers, and audiences via collaboration and an editorial pedagogical practice.