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dc.contributor.editorTodd, Mark
dc.descriptionEditor, Mark Todd.
dc.description.abstractThe 2015 theme for Manifest West's annual anthology is "Western Weird." The works in this collection reflect both myths and suspected truths about the part of the United States we call "the West." But this year's edition focuses entirely on the tradition of the strange. To borrow from Jeff VanderMeer's definition for speculative fiction's "New Weird," this volume creates a new parallel genre for work that subverts the traditional romanticized ideas about place, playing with cliches about the West in order to put these elements to discomfiting, rather than consoling, ends. Topics included in this collection of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction range from the West's numinous fascination with E.T., Bigfoot, and ghosts and its celebration of its indigenous fauna and deadly landscapes to its uncomfortable relationships with its own marginalized peoples and its unforgiving and sometimes violent traditions. The tone of these works ranges from light--even campy--to chilling, but all allow readers to gaze straight into the many faces of what makes the West a weird place. For the first time in the series, this volume includes solicited work as well as open submissions, including a number of established and award-winning writers and serving its mission by giving voice to brand-new writers. Western Weird is the fourth volume in Western Press Books' literary anthology series, Manifest West. The press, affiliated with Western State Colorado University, annually produces one anthology focused on Western regional writing.
dc.description.tableofcontentsLetter to Josie / Russell Davis -- Dinosaur National Monument / Bartholomew Brinkman -- The Buddha's geology / Daniel Ervin -- Cheater / Joe Dibuduo and Kate Robinson -- Hallelujah and praise Sam Houston / Robert Garner McBrearty -- New Frontier / Don Kunz -- Speaking in tongues / Carol V. Davis -- Thrown / Nathan Alling Long -- Horse heaven / Matt Schumacher -- Butchering Day / Kirby Wright -- Tunnel of love / David J. Rothman -- Gilapause / George David Clark -- Coyote / Wendy Videlock -- Shopping with Grandpa / Teresa Milbrodt -- Cold night near Cody / George David Clark -- No tobacco / Wendy Videlock -- Genghis' Knoll / Nate Liederbach -- Rattle of recall / Ellaraine Lockie -- Blacktop cuisine / Michael Engelhard -- Ocotillo / C.R. Resetarits -- Ludlow, California / Lance Nizami -- Where the squirrel lay dead / Wendy Videlock -- Green Jell-O for the genius loci, or, How to save the earth with poetry / Amy Brunvand -- I slug whiskey spirits ... / Michael Luis Dauro -- Laughter yoga / Marlene Olin -- Flattened / Michaela Roessner -- We've come to see the fascination / William Notter -- The Idaho Bigfoot incident / Vivian Wagner -- At the Indian casino / R.S. Gwynn -- Joe Shorty's curse / Larry Schreiber -- Tennis practice / Mel Goldberg -- Voices in the dark / Aline Kaplan -- Take my hand / Don Kunz -- Recovery / Renee Thompson.
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dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.publisher.originalWestern Press Books
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dc.subject.lcshWestern stories
dc.subject.lcshShort stories, American
dc.titleManifest west: western weird
dc.title.alternativeWestern weird

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