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The Center of the American West is a recognized hub for illuminating the role of the western United States in regional, national and global issues. We bring people together to explore the ongoing complexities of and challenges facing the western United States through education, research, programs, and projects.
At the Center of the American West, we provide students a welcoming community on the CU Boulder campus where they can understand the importance of the western U.S. as they navigate their academic path and professional journey.
The Center of the American West works on issues as diverse as the West itself. From energy to immigration, government to development, water to wildfire, and much more, you’ll find a wide selection of our projects and publications in this section.
First Prize – Poetry
First Prize – Memoir
“Wish You Were Here”
First Prize – Graduate Nonfiction
“His Western Life Will Make a Man Out of Him:
Adolescence and Homoeroticism in Horatio…”
First Prize – Graduate Fiction
“Absolution and Redemption on America’s Loneliest Highway”
First Prize – Undergraduate Nonfiction
“Rock Climbers in Indian Creek, Utah: The Next…”
First Prize – Undergraduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Graduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Nonfiction
“What is the West?”
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Poetry
“A Daughter of the West”