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


Nautilus Book Award: Far Less, By Kathy Wollenberg

"A Better Book for a Better World" Award



Spanish I: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture:

32,000 Downloads and Counting!

June 9, 2022


The Library at Cal Poly Humboldt is always finding ways to mitigate the cost of textbooks for our students. We offer textbooks on reserve, InterLibrary Loan (ILL), and digital books that help students succeed in their classes. What about the millions of people who aren’t enrolled in Cal Poly Humboldt or can’t access our library physically? We believe in open access, so the Press at Cal Poly Humboldt makes textbooks available to everyone anywhere for free. With an internet connection, entire textbooks are easily downloaded.


Enter Spanish I: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture by Cal Poly Humboldt Professor Matthew Dean.


This peer-reviewed textbook was designed with U.S. college students in mind but can be used by any beginning Spanish speaker. Themed chapters are divided into 8 sections. Each section has a set of learning objectives which is further separated into three types of assignments:


-Para estudiar en casa (with detailed explanations)

-Para practicar en casa (homework exercises)

-Para practicar en clase (paired and group classwork activities)


The book’s explanations and primary input are written to be easily comprehensible and the individual exercises are geared towards acquisition of form and function. The communicative classwork exercises promote interpersonal exchanges between students. The digital copy includes some embedded audio files, and The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt is developing a website to house many more resources to accompany the text.


According to PlumX, the metrics tracker for the Digital Commons publishing platform, Spanish I: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture has been downloaded 32,634 times in the two years it has been available. That is over six times our Cal Poly student population! The downloads are initiated all over the world with significant numbers coming from the U.S. West and East Coasts, the Mid West, and the United Kingdom.


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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.

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July 2022

IdeaFest has come and gone, but the chance to have your research published in a peer-reviewed academic journal is still open.

Scolarly and creative works from Cal Poly Humboldt students, staff, faculty, and alumni will be considered for publication.

Please check out past issues, and mail your submission to


May 2022

May 2022

The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt author, Jerry Rohde, and his wife Gisela have made a significant gift to the library, and specifically the Press.

The Jerry and Gisela Rohde Estate will create three endowed charitable funds to support staff positions for the Press, Special Collections & Archives, and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute.

March 2022

For Martha J. Manier, Ph.D., who taught Spanish and Women’s Studies at Humboldt State University, stories have always been a prime interest, from the personal stories of family and friends, to medieval exempla, Spanish and American folktales, and, finally, the microcuentos and short stories of contemporary Latin America. Her translations of the latter have appeared in journals, anthologies, and bilingual editions. Currently, she is a research associate at the Museum of International Folk Art where she also volunteers as a textile cataloger.

March 2022