Downstate Legacies is a literary imprint of the Publications Unit at Illinois State University that publishes a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction each year by writers from Illinois or the Midwest. It focuses on publishing innovative works by writers working outside major metropolitan centers who build literary infrastructure by organizing communities in their region.
PRESS 254 is a handmade chapbook press and publishing workshop founded in 2012. PRESS 254 promotes 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). Since PRESS 254 is a teaching press, all chapbooks are produced by a student staff of publishing studies majors from English 254: Introduction to Professional Publishing under the guidance of an instructor from the Publications Unit staff.
The Undiscovered Americas series is an imprint of Downstate Legacies that publishes literary translations and “lost” books by North, Central, and South American writers in an open access model, where digital versions of the books are available for free through ISU ReD, Illinois State University’s institutional repository, hosted by Milner Library and supported by bepress. Digital versions of Undiscovered Americas books on ISU ReD will link to the print version available for purchase from a print-on-demand provider.