Manifest West is Western Press Books’ literary anthology series. The press, affiliated with Western State Colorado University, produces one anthology annually and focuses on Western regional writing. In Women of the West, this year’s collection of poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction, twenty-five writers and poets present a broad understanding of the Western woman, sometimes defying and sometimes reinforcing expectations and stereotypes. My poem, ““Homesteading in Paradise,” is on page 73. This is the second year my poetry has been selected for publication in the Manifest West series.