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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.
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First Prize – Poetry
“Fire in the Forest”
First Prize – Undergraduate Academic Nonfiction
“Benign or Not: Neglected No More”
First Prize – Undergraduate Fiction
“Anywhere But Here”
First Prize – Graduate Academic Nonfiction
“‘Felt in the Blood, and Felt along the Heart’: Understanding a…”
First Prize – Creative Nonfiction
“High Water, high country: Colorado farmers pick up the pieces after flood”
First Prize – Graduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Fiction
Honorable Mention – Creative Nonfiction
Honorable Mention - Graduate Fiction
“Edge of the World”