West Virginia University Press is the only university press, and the largest publisher of any kind, in the state of West Virginia. A part of West Virginia University, they publish books and scholarly journals by authors around the world, with a particular emphasis on Appalachian studies, history, higher education, the social sciences, and interdisciplinary books about energy, environment, and resources. They also publish works of fiction and creative nonfiction, and collaborate on innovative digital publications, notably West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader.
A COVID-19 Anthology
A collection of creative writing and art about COVID-19 at the onset of the pandemic by people from vulnerable populations.
Abigail Field Mott's The Life and Adventures of Olaudah Equiano
A Scholarly Edition
An adaptation of Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative published for Black children in 1829, now given new life in a major scholarly edition.
The Wounds That Bind Us
The improbable and powerful true story of a single mother with prosthetics for both legs who travels the globe with her young daughter in a Land Rover.
Community across Time
Robert Morgan’s Words for Home
One of the first book-length considerations of the Appalachian writer Robert Morgan.
American Energy Cinema
Historians investigate the relationships between film, culture, and energy.
Improving Learning and Mental Health in the College Classroom
How teachers can help combat higher education’s mental health crisis.
In Other Lifetimes All I've Lost Comes Back to Me
For readers of Elena Ferrante, Nicole Krauss, and Carmen Maria Machado, In Other Lifetimes All I’ve Lost Comes Back to Me is a braided story collection that invokes the real, surreal, and mythic to explore the longings and loneliness of contemporary love.
Ecologies of a Storied Planet in the Anthropocene
A more-than-human approach to planetary survival, from a leading environmental humanist.
A Lyrical Memoir
The biracial coming-of-age journey of a boy from Black and Jewish families—a “brilliant, devastating book.”
The Fifth Border State
Slavery, Emancipation, and the Formation of West Virginia, 1829–1872
One of the first new interpretations of West Virginia’s origins in over a century—and one that corrects previous histories’ tendency to minimize support for slavery in the state’s founding.
Seeds of Occupation, Seeds of Possibility
The Agrochemical-GMO Industry in Hawai‘i
How Hawaiʻi became the epicenter of the biotech seed industry, and how a resistance movement arose to confront the industry’s power.
Linked stories trace the vocational and emotional bargains made by workers at a Colorado sausage factory.
Picture a Professor
Interrupting Biases about Faculty and Increasing Student Learning
A collection of evidence-based insights and intersectional teaching strategies to inspire transformative student learning and interrupt stereotypes about what a professor looks like.
Imperium in Imperio
A new critical edition of Sutton Griggs’s turn-of-the-twentieth-century novel, which continues to shed light on understandings of Black politics.
“A lovely and rapturous excavation and examination of the past, a lesson in writing oneself into history when it doesn’t offer you a space.” —Jenny Boully, author of Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life
Almanac for the Anthropocene
A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures
Original voices from across the solarpunk movement, which positions ingenuity, generativity, and community as ways to resist hopelessness in response to the climate crisis.
A Mystery Novel
“Part mystery, part fable but all original, Jim Foote is sure to be one of your favorite literary detectives—cryptid or otherwise.” —Jordan Farmer, author of The Poison Flood and The Pallbearer
Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom
Award-winning teachers offer practical tips for addressing inequities in the college classroom and for making all students feel welcome and included.
A Guide for Graduate Students
A practical and evidence-based teaching guide for graduate students across all fields.
A Year without Months
“A beautiful, powerful book. Read it and be changed.”—Jim Minick
“Darkly compelling.” —Tom Perrotta
Remembering and Forgetting in the Age of Technology
Teaching, Learning, and the Science of Memory in a Wired World
What does memory mean for learning in an age of smartphones and search engines?
“A literary page-turner. . . . Part Cormac McCarthy, part Tom Drury and Raymond Chandler, Kapcala has created a voice all his own.” —Brian Castleberry
Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place
“Commands your attention from the first page to the last word.” —Morgan Jerkins
Rogues in the Postcolony
Narrating Extraction and Itinerancy in India
An environmental humanist’s study of extractive capitalism and colonial occupation in Indian fiction.
African American Workers and the Appalachian Coal Industry
Essays by the foremost labor historian of the Black experience in the Appalachian coalfields.
Slow Fuse of the Possible
A Memoir of Poetry and Psychoanalysis
An engrossing and beautifully crafted memoir of imagination, obsession, and disaster from the couch of old-fashioned four-times-a-week psychoanalysis.
Memoirs of the Life, Religious Experience, Ministerial Travels, and Labours of Mrs. Elaw
The remarkable autobiography of a Black woman evangelist.
Engaging the Atom
The History of Nuclear Energy and Society in Europe from the 1950s to the Present
Transnational perspectives on the relationship between nuclear energy and society.
A Union for Appalachian Healthcare Workers
The Radical Roots and Hard Fights of Local 1199
History at the intersection of healthcare, labor, and civil rights.
And Other Things I've Gotten Wrong
Recounted with humor and honesty, Lester invites us into his life as he struggles with masculinity and searches for a place where he fits.
The Harlan Renaissance
Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns
A personal remembrance from the preeminent chronicler of Black life in Appalachia.
Rock Climbing in Kentucky's Red River Gorge
An Oral History of Community, Resources, and Tourism
Tells the fascinating story of the Red’s climbing community through interviews with the people who lived that history and considers how sustainable ecotourism might contribute to the region economically.
Past Titan Rock
Journeys into an Appalachian Valley
A classic book about Appalachian life and music, now updated with new material.
On Dark and Bloody Ground
An Oral History of the West Virginia Mine Wars
An oral history of the West Virginia Mine Wars published to coincide with the centennial of the Battle of Blair Mountain.
Cannel Coal Oil Days
A newly discovered nineteenth-century novel about West Virginia breaking away from Virginia, set amid the cannel coal boom and featuring an interracial abolitionist movement.
A dreamlike, evocative reckoning with a lost epoch in popular culture—and with old, weird America.
Skim, Dive, Surface
Teaching Digital Reading
Students are reading on screens more than ever—how can we teach them to be better digital readers?
Fierce and Delicate
Essays on Dance and Illness
Memoir about ballet and illness from a creative writing teacher whose career as a ballerina was stopped by rheumatoid arthritis.
How Physical Space, Sensation, and Movement Affect Learning
What happens to teaching when you consider the whole body (and not just “brains on sticks”)?
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