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The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, and problem-solving exploration of important and often contentious public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out “the better angels of our nature” by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners.
Our aim is to help our students become discerning citizens and leaders in any of the fields that they may explore in their futures. We also work to provide community – a hub where students on a large campus can feel at home. To this end we sponsor a wide range of opportunities, inviting students to venture beyond classrooms and textbooks and to interact with leading scholars, writers, public servants, and faculty members.
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 all our projects and publications in this section.
Editorial Editor for The Denver Post
“Advice to young writers: On story-telling, truth-telling and Hell on Earth”
First Prize – Poetry
“Hagar in the Grove”
First Prize – Undergraduate Academic Nonfiction
“Tribal Law: The United States’ Window Dressing of Rape prevention in the SAVE…”
First Prize – Graduate Academic Nonfiction
“James Willard Schultz and the Complicated Politics of Place Names in Glacier National Park”
First Prize – Undergraduate Fiction
First Prize – Graduate Fiction
First Prize – Creative Nonfiction
“The True Tale of Periquillo: Early Western Literature, American Memory, and the Space Between” (unavailable for viewing)
First Prize – Memoir
“‘I Remember You’: Wildness, Gratitude, and Western History, on Horseback” (unavailable for viewing)
Honorable Mention – Poetry
“E.W.B., whom I (thankfully) abandoned for the will of God”
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Academic Nonfiction
“Quintessential Western Sound in Tiomkin’s ‘Red River'”
Honorable Mention – Graduate Fiction
“Where Mountains Meet Sky”