Graduate Program in Creative Writing


Publications in the Creative Writing Graduate Program

Explore the publications below to discover the depth and breadth of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing.

Student-Published Editions and Anthologies

Each year students in the Publishing concentration release beautiful new editions of classic works that are in the public domain or that they otherwise acquire the rights to. Students also work together to publish a short-story anthology on a different theme each year. All profits from the sales of these books are applied to funding future years’ Publishing projects.

Cover of a book titled "Being Noah" Being Noah

Student Editor – Angela Johnson

Cover of book titled "Blow out the Candle When you Leave" Blow Out the Candle When You Leave

Student Editor – Kelly Lynn Colby

Cover of book titled "The Complete War of the Worlds" The Complete War of the Worlds

Student Editor: Carol Wyrick and Augustus Prouty

Description: Together in one volume for the first time—H.G. Wells’s seminal science fiction classic The War of the Worlds, with the contemporaneous, unauthorized, but extremely popular sequel Edison’s Conquest of Mars, as well as Wells’s own, much later conceptual sequel, Star Begotten.

Cover of a book titled "The Cthulu Stories" The Cthulhu Stories

Student Editor: Scott Lee

Description: Fresh from dusty libraries dark with forbidden knowledge, these twelve Howard tales, bring Kull of Atlantis, Bran Mak Morn, and a steady band of warriors, adventurers, and scholars into the dark to face the Nameless and that which they left behind: Elder gods, nameless cosmic horrors greater and older than the gods themselves, ancient forms of life and worship from before the dawn of humanity.

Cover of a book titled, "The Detective Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" The Detective Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

Student Editor: Kailey Urbaniak

Description: Murder, mystery, and solving crime—the foundations of detective fiction.

Description: Meet C. Auguste Dupin, the first literary example of a brilliant detective created by Edgar Allan Poe, undisputed master of chills and suspense. Follow Dupin’s genius skill at problem solving through three detective cases, Poe’s only three tales with his seminal character.

Cover of a book titled, "Kipps" Kipps

Student Editor: Ashley King

Description: Long unavailable to readers, Kipps is a classic rags-to-riches story that addresses the moral and emotional difficulties that come with wealth and a change of social station. It will make readers think, have them laughing, and capture their hearts.

Cover of a book titled "Monsters, Movies & Mayhem" Monsters, Movies & Mayhem

GPCW Collective Work

Description: Join award-winning authors Jonathan Maberry, Fran Wilde, David Gerrold, Rick Wilber and others for 23 all-new tales of haunted theaters, video gods, formidable demons, alien pizza, and delirious actors. Each story takes you to the silver screen with monstrous results.

Cover of book titled, "The Original Santa Claus Stories" The Santa Claus Stories

Student Editor: James Romag

Description: Here in one volume for the first time are five of L. Frank Baum’s Santa Claus tales. Gathered from book, magazine and Sunday paper, these are the stories that shaped the legend of the “Patron Saint of Children.” From Little Bun Rabbit in Santa’s workshop to the Wogglebug and friends making toys, over a century ago Baum created a legacy that captures hearts and imaginations to this day.

Cover of a book titled "The War in the Air" The War in the Air

Student Editor: Elizabeth Drisko

Description: This classic full-length novel from H. G. Wells imagines a world of Progress stricken by brutal conflict in the sky—written before the actual invention of airplanes.

Cover of a book titled "The Wolf Leader" The Wolf Leader

Student Editor: Tracy Leonard Nakatani

COVID-19 and The Great Isolation

Cover of a book titled "The Great Isolation" The Great Isolation

GPCW Collective Work

Description: In the midst of darkness, one Colorado group uses art to heal broken hearts. 17 Coloradans wrote an intimate collection of nature pieces, screenplays, poetry, and short stories to capture the thoughts, emotions, and overall impact COVID-19 is having on society. This book is comprised of contest winners and finalists of The Great Isolation Writing Contest, published by the Publishing students at Western. This collection of raw and powerful art will serve as a time capsule for the world to remember how the coronavirus impacted civilization on the human level.


Think Journal

In fall 2013, the GPCW acquired THINK journal. THINK publishes poems that emphasize craft as well as criticism, reviews, fiction and creative nonfiction. It appears twice each year, in the spring and fall. Numerous current GPCW students and alums have served as readers and editors of THINK. Its current managing editor, Brian Palmer, is a GPCW alum in Poetry (2018).

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