Western Press Books

Western Pr​ess Books is housed in the undergraduate creative writing programs in Western's CALL Department (Communication Arts, Languages, and Literature) and is distributed through the University of Colorado Press. Students in the the GPCW Certificate in Publishing serve on the Editorial Board of the Press and work each year on production of the annual anthology Manifest West.

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Manifest West #4
Manifest West #4

Manifest West, #4, "Western Weird," appeared in Fall 2015. To borrow from the VanderMeer definition for speculative fiction’s “New Weird,” the volume presents a new parallel genre for work that subverts romanticized ideas about place, playing with clichés about the West in order to put these elements to discomfiting, rather than consoling ends. Think about what Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers did with the South, and now translate it into the New West. Or look at Robert Garner McBrearty’s short story collection, Let the Birds Drink in Peace, or Annie Proulx’s short story collection, Close Range: Wyoming Stories. Think of David J. Rothman’s mock-epic “Tunnel of Love,” which will be reprinted in the anthology. All of that....suggests Western Weird.

Manifest West #3
Manifest West #3

The theme for this volume, which appeared in 2014, was "Diversity" and included work from 27 authors from across the country. According to editor Larry Meredith, the anthology “lays bare the variety of people, geography, ideologies, wildlife, weather, histories and maybe even attitudes toward tourists along with much more of what makes up this part of the United States.” To order a copy of the book, please click here: Manifest West, #3.


WPB's first single-author book
WPB's first single-author book

Western Press Books released its first single-author work, a collection of essays and poems by Western Slope Poet Laureate Aaron A. Abeyta, in September 2014.

Published in collaboration with Western's Headwaters Project, on its 25th annual conference, Sept. 19-20, 2014, Abeyta's Letters from the Headwaters is a collection of poems, letters, and memoirs that captures the spirit of the American Southwest in its history, its present, and its future for the region. Edited by Headwaters Project Director Dr. John Hausdoerffer and with a forward by Headwaters founder George Sibley. To order a copy of this book, please click here.

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Cover for Manifest West, #1

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Manifest West, #3

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Manifest West, #1, 2012
(Ed. Teresa Milbrodt)

Manifest West, #2, 2013
(Ed. Teresa Milbrodt)

Manifest West, #3, 2014
(Ed. Larry Meredith)

Letters From the Headwaters, 2014
(Ed. John John Hausdoerffer)

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