What’s the good word?

We’re fortunate to work with talented authors who receive glowing reviews and accolades. We can’t share with you every kind word we receive—that would take too long. But here are a few.

9780809333264“There is poetry here: our living language pulled into shape by hunger and intelligence.”—Slate

“Tarfia Faizullah moves across landscapes and time to piece together a familial tragedy which presents the reader with a legacy of loss, violence, and pilgrimage.”—American Literary Review

“Tarfia Faizullah’s Seam shows us that history should admit the emotions that come with more personal memory and, more radically, that memory can include even that which did not happen to ourselves or to the ones we love. Poetry can best address the horrors of history—and of the present day—through such a gathering of the impersonal and intimate.”—Poets’ Quarterly


9780809333271“Though York is no longer with us to write and share his poetry and insight, we are able to continue and advance as people by reading his work—to continue and advance as citizens, human siblings, and ushers of art.”—Rain Taxi

“There’s a reason why antebellum mansions still serve not as museums dealing with the ugliness of slavery but as popular backdrops for wedding receptions, the kind celebrated by Paula Deen re-creating the ‘glory’ of Gone With the Wind, and it has everything to do with an unwillingness to deal with the past openly and honestly. . . . York’s poetry is important because of the way that it attacks that unresolved history and refuses to let the longstanding narrative go unchallenged, and it does so from a position of power that makes it difficult for the privileged to ignore it the way they do similar work from poets of color who work in the same thematic spaces.”—The Rumpus


9780809332380Staging Social Justice is poised to spark conversation across generations, geographic locations, and activist sensibilities. . . . This is an excellent book, filled with stories of pluck that will no doubt be used as guides, inspirations, warnings, and provocations. Staging Social Justice offers a hopeful, accessible archive of an intrepid theatre facilitating invaluable work.”—Theatre Topics

“While the editors intend this collection to serve as a record of Fringe Benefits’ work to inspire others interested in theatre for social change, so many of the essays also offer valuable teaching advice and ways to collaborate respectfully to create meaningful theatre, regardless of content. This is due, no doubt, to the overall sense of caring and concern for the ethical responsibilities of the theatrical practitioners contributing to this book.”—New England Theatre Journal


9780809332854“David Gold and Catherine Hobbs give us an excellent work worthy of attention.”—Rhetoric Society Quarterly

Educating the New Southern Woman is an important contribution to the embryonic field that is the history of women’s higher education.”—History of Education Quarterly

“An impressive and well-researched project, this book will appeal to those interested in southern women’s education, in rhetorical instruction, and in the history of rhetoric and composition.”—Rhetoric Review


9780809332649“This compilation is recommended both as an example of the value of regional studies in their own right and how they can enhance our understanding of the Civil War, the central event in American history, by providing new contexts and perspectives.”—Nebraska History

“A step forward in explaining the distinctiveness of the midwestern experience, this welcome and valuable collection augurs further scholarship that will enhance thinking about and knowledge of the historical Midwest.”—Journal of American History


CLL logo“Southern Illinois University Press maintains its position as one of the leading publishers on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Era with this series dedicated to short and engaging works on Lincoln. . . . The series aims to appeal to both the well-versed Lincoln enthusiast and the newcomer alike.”—Kentucky Historical Society

“Out of seemingly modest ideas sometimes come great things, and that is the case with Southern Illinois University Press’s Concise Lincoln Library.”—History Book Club








“Because it is short, cogent, accessible, and important, [Lincoln and the Civil War] probably deserves a place in every college-level Civil War course.”—The Journal of Southern History

Lincoln and Religion is an intelligently constructed work upon which conversations regarding Lincoln’s religious allegiances and implications can be aptly built.”—Foreword

“Well-crafted and concise, [Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops ] is both a good basic survey of USCT history and a useful study of Lincoln’s status among his black troops.”—Choice

 “Engagingly written and intelligently conceived, [Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies] throws new light on the campaigns of 1860 and 1864 and the creation of the Lincoln legend.”—Journal of Illinois History