Western Press Books

WPB announces first single-author book

Western Press Books is pleased to announce the release on Sept. 3, 2014, of its first single-author work, a collection of essays and poems by Western Slope Poet Laureate Aaron A. Abeyta.

Published in collaboration with Western's Headwaters Project, offering 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.

According to Hausdoerffer, "Aaron's poetry has gone beyond vividly articulating the beauty and struggles of the Antonito community.  In Letters from the Headwaters,  he has become a leading voice of an American Southwest still negotiating its colonial past, and in the process he has transformed Antonio into the hopeful center of the Southwest's future."

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Letters from Headwaters Cover


Forthcoming from WPB

Western Press Books has closed submissions for poems, stories, and creative nonfiction for the current anthology in our 2014 series, Manifest West, #3. This year, we called for submissions of literary work based on the theme DIVERSITY IN THE WEST. Submissions dealt with the interaction and/or collision of various elements that make up the area of the country known as The West. That edition of Manifest West officially releases in early October, 2014, but is now available for order.

See all our currently available titles at the bottom of this page.

Call for Submissions, Manifest West, #4

For the upcoming fall 2015 anthology series, Manifest West, #4, we’re calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme WESTERN WEIRD.

To borrow from the VanderMeer definition for speculative fiction’s “New Weird,” we’re creating a new parallel genre for work that subverts the traditional romanticized ideas about place, playing with clichés about The West in order to put these elements to discomfiting, rather than consoling ends.

GUIDELINES: Submissions should deal with the interaction and/or collision of various elements that make up the area of the country known as The West. And for this issue of the series, we encourage submissions that are also off-beat, humorous, or campy.

For fiction and nonfiction, we prefer Western Weird-themed stories with a literary slant. To get a better idea of what we’re looking for, 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.

For poetry, we prefer Western Weird that subverts yet celebrates new formalist devices where form and content interact. Think of David J. Rothman’s mock-epic and comic blank verse “The Tunnel of Love,” or David Mason’s macabre “The Collector’s Tale” told in slant-rhymed abccabc septets, or R.S. Gwynn’s Hopkins parody “Fried Beauty,” or any of Molly Peacock’s nonce or hybrid sonnets.

Remember that our anthology series features literary writing with a distinct Western regional flavor, so that element should be present in your submission. Please send one fiction or narrative nonfiction story submission of 2,500-7,500 words, or up to three flash fiction stories totaling no more than 3,500 words, or three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages. (We will not consider submissions that ignore these guidelines.) We will consider previously published works, but we prefer unpublished pieces. Authors selected for the anthology will receive one copy of the publication in payment.

Please include with your submission a cover letter explaining why you believe your work fits our guidelines.

We will accept submissions for Manifest West, #4,  from Nov. 30, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2015, at http://westernstatepress.submishmash.com/submit. Writers will be informed of final decisions by April, 2015.

Send questions or comments to Dr. Mark Todd, 2015 Manifest West editor, at mtodd@western.edu.

(Western Press Books is a project of both the graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs within the department of CALL (Communication Arts, Languages, and Literature) in collaboration with the Office of Extended Studies.)

Currently available titles

WPB is pleased to offer the following titles at present:

Available WPB titles

Cover for Manifest West, #1

Cover, Manifest West #2

Manifest West, #3

Cover for Letters From the Headwaters

Manifest West, #1
(Ed. Teresa Milbrodt)

Manifest West, #2
(Ed. Teresa Milbrodt)

Manifest West, #3
(Ed. Larry Meredith)

Letters From the Headwaters
(Ed. John John Hausdoerffer)

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