“Writing with … The Press produces attractive full-color, illustrated editions serving a community readership on issues of concern to Iowans, partners with Iowa organizations to promote positive interaction and community betterment, and provides students with practical knowledge of book editing and production with a cross-disciplinary and collaborative focus.”

A unique small-press publisher since 2014, the Community Press is a two-year curriculum based publishing  and community engagement experience that includes students and faculty from several academic disciplines, along with a selected non-profit partner with a story to tell about their mission. 

Our motto “Writing With” emphasizes the collaborative nature of our Press; all campus and community stakeholders serve as contributors with a crucial voice in the entire production process. In our model, we are all “students” in some form and “teachers” in another, negotiating across boundaries of campus & community, academic role & discipline, and cultural background toward a common goal.

We share the purpose of producing beautifully researched, written, and designed publications that serve a community readership on issues of concern to Iowans. In addition, our books raise several thousands of dollars in support of the organization with whom we partner.

  • By Makena Schoene Blog and Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press  If you haven’t heard of a Google Doodle, you probably aren’t alone. But you’ve probably seen the various transformations the Google logo acquires when we run the popular search engine. Almost a month......

  • By Makena Schoene Blog & Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press  In honor of International Women’s Day, we are collecting quotes from the incredible women on staff here at DCP, as well as those working for our partner organizations, The Comparison Project and the......

  • By Makena Schoene Blog & Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press  As a child, Luke Elzinga was obsessed with ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books. “I especially like the Goosebumps ones and I used to make my own. One time, I even programmed a ‘Choose......

  • By Makena Schoene Blog & Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press  J-term at Drake University offers students the ability to try new things, study abroad or catch up on credit hours. For those staying on campus during the month of January, a wide selection......

  • By Makena Schoene Blog & Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press  We are in the season of change. A new year has been ushered in, as well as a new administration. On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, taking the Oval Office as......

  • By Shea Seiff Research Assistant, The Comparison Project Three hundred footsteps fell in time to the traditional bhajan songs echoing through Parent’s Hall the evening of November 15, 2017. The Interfaith and Multicultural Fair, hosted by the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), The Comparison Project, and......

  • By Makena Schoene Blog & Social Media Coordinator, Student Editor, The Drake Community Press Technology is often seen as a distraction, keeping people from fully interacting and engaging with the world around them. But is it possible that technology can be used to further connect......

  • By Makena Schoene Blog & Social Media Coordinator, Student Editor, The Drake Community Press Education is all about connecting subjects and material to real life. For Professor Tim Knepper, the director of The Comparison Project at Drake University, connecting the dots between the classroom and......