Advice to young writers: On story-telling, truth-telling and Hell on Earth

April 28, 2017

The following are prepared remarks delivered April 28 at the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West banquet in honor of the Thompson Awards for Western American Writing. The contest features undergraduate and graduate creative writers and nonfiction writers.

It’s important to recognize our geographic roots

April 1, 2017

My Grandma Dorothy was fiercely loyal to South Pueblo, as she was born on Bohmen Avenue, raised on Eilers Avenue, lived as a newlywed and first-time mom on Mesa Avenue, and spent the final chapter of her life on Acero Avenue.

Why the solar industry can shine in our current political climate

March 14, 2017

Original article can be found at Mountain Town News Originally published on March 14, 2017 By Allen Best Patty Limerick had the perfect story to warm the hearts of renewable energy proponents at the opening session of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association annual conference on Monday evening. A professor...

Public Land Management in the American West

Feb. 21, 2017

Original article can be found at Sat Press Releases Originally published on February 21, 2017 By Marcin The conversation about public land management in the American West continued Tuesday morning during an in-depth NPR segment featuring top officials from the Utah Governor’s Office, the Outdoor Industry Association and western historians...

West words worth writing home about

Feb. 17, 2017

Original article can be found at Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine Originally published on February 17, 2017 By Clay Evans When Atherton Phleger arrived at his first job as a park ranger at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah, he was a dedicated acolyte of the late Western writer,...

“Center for the Study of the American West” Increases Regional Awareness

Nov. 22, 2016

Original article can be found at High Plains Public Radio Originally published on November 22, 2016 By Jonathan Baker A new venture at West Texas A&M University is drawing a lot of buzz across the High Plains. The Center for the Study of the American West was launched this fall...

How 3 Black Colorado Men Helped Advance Voting Rights

Nov. 8, 2016

Original article can be found at KUNC Originally published on November 8, 2016 By Erin OToole Coloradans voting in the 2016 election have an opportunity to remove a reference to slavery from the state constitution. The language, written in 1876, says, “There shall never be in this state either slavery...

Colorado State Historian, Patty Limerick to speak at GCHA annual dinner

Nov. 3, 2016

Original article can be found at Sky-Hi News Originally published on November 3, 2016 By Kristen Lodge If you want to learn (without falling asleep) about how Denver gets their water from our rivers in Grand County, I recommend reading A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water...

State Historian Patty Limerick regales Steamboat Springs audience with Wallace Stegner stories

Oct. 25, 2016

Original article can be found at Steamboat Today Originally published on October 25, 2016 By Tom Ross Steamboat Springs — Colorado State Historian Patty Limerick offered no easy answers Oct. 24 to questions about the complex personality of Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer about the American West. However, Limerick succeeded...

Wilkinson’s Nov. 7 lecture continues MSU series about North American West

Oct. 20, 2016

Original article can be found at MSU News Originally published on October 20, 2016 By Jody Sanford Charles Wilkinson, an award-winning author, teacher and expert on natural resources law in the American West, will give the second lecture in the Montana State University College of Letters and Science’s 2016 Western...