in an interview in The Nation, author Hernan Diaz stated that “[the western] is so ideologically charged and neglected that it’s ripe for subversion. its scaffolding is there, ready to be hijacked and repurposed.” it may come as no surprise we’re interested in “the west.” i mean, we were founded in Montana, and it’s right there in our name. but where are the “westerns” of today? Who are the writers writing about the west? In this course, we will explore some of the finest contemporary fiction/poetry/CNF about “the west” as an idea, a construct. we will focus on writers who, as Hernan Diaz put it, have “hijacked and repurposed” the western, and have mined and twisted its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns, to unearth a vibrant new vision. along with reading authors such as Tommy Orange, Hernan Diaz, Percival Everett, Claire Vaye Watkins, Annie Proulx, C Pam Zhang, Colin Winnette, each week, writers will submit one “western” of their own for workshop.