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“At Humboldt, we want to make a difference, and open access publishing aligns with our vision for social justice and sustainability by reducing costly barriers to connect author and reader, teacher and learner.” 
-Cyril Oberlander, Cal Poly Humboldt Library Dean.


EVYY award

CIPA EVVY Bronze Award for Literary and Contemporary Fiction: Far Less, By Kathy Wollenberg

 Nautilus Award

Nautilus Book Award: Far Less, By Kathy Wollenberg

"A Better Book for a Better World" Award



New Articles

After being available for a single day, the biography A Gray Bird Sings: The Extraordinary Life of Betty Kwan Chinn by Karen M. Price becomes the number 1 Hot New Release in Social Activist Biographies on Amazon.com, and the second best seller.

This 252 page account of the life of Betty Chinn follows her early years escaping China during the Cultural Revolution, and the atrocities she endured there, and follows her journey in her to her new home of Eureka California.

October 2023

Are you interested in publishing? We are looking for a student interested in joining our team.

Job Title: Press Assistant - Student Position
Hours per week: 10-20 hours
Wage/Salary: $15.75 - 16.50 per hour with annual stepped increases
Start Date: TBA

 A press assistant’s duties may include:

August 2023

Celeste Sadler, Press Student Marketing


Far Less, Kathy Wollenberg’s debut contemporary novel, has recently won the CIPA EVVY award. Far Less is one of three finalists in the Literary and Contemporary Fiction category of the 2022 CIPA EVVY Awards Book Competition.

This award will be Far Less’s sixth literary award, having previously received two Silver Nautilus Book Awards, a Gold Forward Indies Award, and the Bronze and Gold CIPA EVVY awards.

February 2023

The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt is hiring a student assistant!

We are looking for a undergrad or graduate student interested in publishing, editing, book design and production.

Working in a university press is great for growing technical and interpersonal skills through book layout, thesis editing, author relations and book marketing, and it looks fantastic on a resume.

Check this job out on Handshake




July 2022

The Gray Bird Sings: The Extraordinary Life of Betty Kwan Chinn

Betty Chinn Front Cover

“Touched by childhood tragedy, Betty Chinn brings hope to those who have fallen on hard times. Left homeless as a child in China, Chinn became mute. When she came to America, she found both her voice and her mission: aiding those without shelter on our own shores. ”
-Barack Obama

She’s the humanitarian compared to Mother Teresa,
hailed as the “Hong Kong Angel,” and beloved by her
community in Humboldt County. She miraculously
survived the most vile brutalities to become a beacon
for humanity and an inspiration for all.
Meet Betty Kwan Chinn.

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IdeaFest Journal is an annual, peer-reviewed journal that showcases the work of faculty, staff, and students at Cal Poly Humboldt. The journal is an outgrowth of Cal Poly Humboldt’s IdeaFest, a day-long event which celebrates the collaborative research and creative projects of faculty and students from across campus.

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The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt Maintains Three Purposes:

  • Disseminating high quality open works
  • Publishing our community
  • Teaching the art of publishing to our student assistants

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