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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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“How to Know What to Write”
First Prize – Poetry
First Prize – Undergraduate Academic Nonfiction
“Naming Practices, Speech, and Beliefs of the Ute”
First Prize – Graduate Academic Nonfiction
“Becoming Vaquero: Material Memory & the Power of a Photograph in Reassembling Northern Nevada’s Vaquero Heritage” (unavailable for viewing)
First Prize – Graduate Fiction
First Prize – Creative Nonfiction
“Re-Membering the Llano: California’s Multiple Histories as an Island” (unavailable for viewing)
First Prize – Memoir
“The Dark Sky Paradox”
Honorable Mention – Poetry
Honorable Mention – Creative Non-fiction
“Foam On The Range: How Colorado’s Craft Beer…”