Wayne State University Press

Wayne State University Press
Parent company Wayne State University
Founded 1941
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Detroit, Michigan
Publication types books, journals
Imprints Painted Turtle and Great Lakes Books
Official website wsupress.wayne.edu

Wayne State University Press (or WSU Press) is a university press that is part of Wayne State University. It publishes under its own name and also the imprints Painted Turtle and Great Lakes Books Series.

The Press has strong subject areas in Africana studies; children’s studies; fairy-tale and folklore studies; film, television, and media studies; Jewish studies; regional interest; and speech and language pathology. Wayne State University Press also publishes eleven academic journals, including Marvels & Tales, and several trade publications, including Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity by author John Gallagher and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Grace, Grit, and Glory, by authors Laurie Lanzen Harris and Paul Ganson, as well as the Made in Michigan Writers Series.

WSU Press is located in the Leonard N. Simons Building designed by famed architect Albert Kahn and is located on Wayne State University’s main campus in the heart of Midtown Detroit; one block south of Warren Avenue and two blocks south of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library.

An editorial board approves the Wayne State University Press’s titles. The board considers proposals and manuscripts presented by WSU Press’s acquisitions department. WSU Press also has a fundraising group, the Board of Visitors, dedicated to raising funds for the Press to support the publication of specific titles.

Officially, WSU Press is an auxiliary unit of the university and receives an annual subvention that partially covers the cost of its operation. For the most part, WSU Press relies on revenue generated through the sale of its publications to meet its operating expenses.

The Wayne State University Press was founded in 1941 when faculty members of (then) Wayne University volunteered to establish a publishing entity to “assist the University in the encouragement and dissemination of scholarly learning.” An English professor ran the press, then known as Wayne University Press, for years as a side project only. It was not until 1954 that WSU Press developed into a full-fledged publisher destined to have a national and international role in the creation of scholarly and trade books and journals.

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