Wolfson Press

Wolfson Press

Our Mission

Wolfson Press is a service of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Indiana University South Bend. Wolfson Press publishes books about the region called Michiana, those counties of north-central Indiana and southern Michigan that are served by Indiana University South Bend, as well as books of wider interest. Regionally, the press has especially focused on the history of race relations and civil rights, through the book series On Their Shoulders, edited by Emeritus Professor of History Les Lamon. More generally, we seek to publish histories, biographies, and anthologies that illuminate the cultural life of our region.

In the area of literary titles, we seek to publish collections of short fiction, memoirs, essays, and novellas through the American Storytellers series: individual volumes of poetry by new and established poets.; and volumes of "collected poems" by late-career established poets.

History of the Press

Wolfson Press was founded by the Master of Liberal Studies Program in 2007 and named in honor of IU South Bend’s first chancellor, Dr. Lester M. Wolfson (1923-2017), who led the development of the campus from 1964 to 1987. In 2009, the press began publication of its On Their Shoulders book series focused on the history of race relations and civil rights in South Bend, Indiana. In 2013, we launched a line of literary titles, beginning with Tom Vander Ven’s Enter Ghost. Philip Baruth’s collection of stories, American Zombie Beauty (2015) was the first title in the American Storytellers series, and Steve Henn’s poetry collection, Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year (2017), will be our first poetry title.


  • Professor Joe Chaney, Publisher, Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program
  • Professor Ken Smith, Director of Wolfson Press
  • David James, Associate Editor
  • Sky Santiago, Assistant Editor, and Media Specialist
  • Amber Mahaffey, Assistant Editor, and Marketing Specialist

Editorial Board