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GPCW Faculty Announce New Book Releases and Movie Deals

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Exciting Creative Projects

Within Western Colorado University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing (GPCW), faculty have been hard at work on exciting creative projects within their fields. Despite the challenges of the last year and a half, faculty have proven to be astonishingly productive in their own creative work while delivering excellent courses and supporting students. The result is numerous publications and films being produced in the areas of poetry, science fiction and young adult novels, among others.

“Much of the success and growth of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing in recent years is due to the award-winning creative work that our faculty is consistently putting out in the world,” said Western’s Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D., Director of the GPCW. “I’m always hearing from students and applicants that it’s because we have such high-profile authors on our faculty that they choose our program over the many other low-residency programs out there. All of Western can be proud of the GPCW team.”

“Clock Star Rose Spine”

Genre Fiction Concentration Director Fran Wilde recently released “Clock Star Rose Spine,” a collection of poetry from Lanternfish Press in August 2021, as well as “The Ship of Stolen Words,” her second middle grade novel, from Abrams Books in June 2021. Author Samuel R. Delany had high praise for “Clock Star Rose Spine.”

“These poems turn on truly colorful ideas—It’s a book to go back to,” said Delany. Wilde is a two-time Nebula award-winning author.

“Vengewar” and “Dune: The Lady of Caladan”

Publishing Concentration Director Kevin J. Anderson released “Vengewar” in January 2021, and “Dune: The Lady of Caladan,” in September 2021 with his coauthor Brian Herbert, from Tor Books. Set in the world of Frank Herbert’s classic “Dune,” this is Herbert and Anderson’s 15th novel in the series. Anderson’s career so far spans over 170 books. The new Dune movie hit theaters last October.

“The Mimicking of Known Successes,” and “Centenal Cycle”

Genre Fiction visiting faculty Malka Older, Ph.D., has announced the sale of a new book to Tor.com Publishing. Editor Brent Lambert acquired the novella “The Mimicking of Known Successes”—a science fiction gaspunk murder mystery pitched as “A Master of Djinn” meets “The Tea Master and the Detective.” Older is the author of the Hugo-nominated “Centenal Cycle.” The book will be published in 2023.

“Battle of The Bands,” “You Can Go Your Own Way,” and “Alien Day” 

Genre Fiction faculty Eric Smith has multiple books launching this year, including “Battle of The Bands,” a rock and roll anthology he edited with Lauren Gabaldi, (Candlewick, September 2021) and ​“You Can Go Your Own Way,” a new young adult novel from Inkyard/Harper Collins.

Genre Fiction Thesis Advisor and faculty Rick Wilber, Ph.D., released “Alien Day” in June 2021. This near-future first contact novel is Wilber’s latest book with Tor.

“Sal and Gabi Break the Universe” and Tragic City”

Genre Fiction faculty Carlos Hernandez, Ph.D., has announced that Eva Longoria is developing a series based on his Pura Bel Pre award-winning novel “Sal and Gabi Break the Universe” for Disney. Poetry faculty Clemonce Heard released “Tragic City,” a poetry collection from Anhinga Press and winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Poetry Prize, on Oct. 10.

“Deep Cuts” and “Mile Marker Six”

Nature Writing faculty Steve Coughlin, Ph.D., released “Deep Cuts,” a poetry collection from Finishing Line Press, September 2021. Finally, Nature Writing faculty Ana Maria Spagna released “Mile Marker Six,” a poetry collection from Finishing Line Press, on Oct. 8.

Learn More About These Books and Movies

For more information about these books and movies, see the following resources:

The Graduate Program in Creative Writing

To learn more about creative writing opportunities at Western, check out the Graduate Program in Creative Writing and concentrations in Genre Fiction, Nature Writing, Poetry, Publishing, and Screenwriting for Film & Television.

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