NATIVE WEST PRESS is a small press in Prescott, Arizona,
with a special emphasis on indigenous wildlife and the natural history of the
American West. Native West Press is dedicated to enhancing
public awareness of the
importance of natural biodiversity, particularly within the western regions of
United States. (Please see Our Mission.) The press was founded in 1996 by Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb and
Dr. Terril L. Shorb. (Please see
Our History.) In 2005, the co-founders invited
three other educators, Dr.
John Garmon, Ellen
Greenblum, and the late Dr. Lou Miller
to form the five-member Board of Directors, and Native West Press
officially became incorporated as a nonprofit organization. While
we are retaining our current domain www.nativewestpress.com, this
NWP website now also can be accessed through our sister domain www.nativewestpress.org.
In Appreciation and Remembrance
Our beloved friend and founding board member, Lou Miller,
passed away unexpectedly on January 10, 2014. His gentle,
guiding presence in matters of the press and the natural world
was a gift to us all. Our deepest sympathy to his wife and his son.
We all miss him very much.
NATIVE WEST PRESS, originally formed as a partnership
in the latter half of the 1990s, had its humble beginnings when
we published The Spiders and Spirits of Petunia Manor,
a book about unusual experiences with some inspiring wild creatures
within various urban/wildland interfaces in northern California.
This book was our "experimental" project before we began
to extend Native West Press as a forum for others in a community
of like minds (human) who wish to enhance public awareness of the
wondrousness of other life-forms with whom we share our regions,
particularly the American West, and, more extensively, our Earth.
In March 2005 we were joined by three other educators, and Native
West Press officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization.
Since that time, our extended
(human) family has grown.
NATIVE WEST PRESS is organized exclusively for educational and literary
purposes, and, in March
of 2005, Native West Press was certified by the
Arizona Corporation Commission as a nonprofit corporation. In September, 2006, the IRS sent a letter of determination informing Native West Press of its official 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status. As stated in our
Articles of Incorporation, the character of affairs of the organization is to
provide creative and informational forums for writers, artists, scientists,
and others in an effort to educate the general public about the importance to
community well-being of preserving biological diversity, with a special
emphasis on perspectives pertinent to nature and natural systems of the
NATIVE WEST PRESS is dedicated
to raising awareness of the vast and fragile lands of the American
West by encouraging deeper appreciation
native creatures. Native West Press does this through publishing
books that blend
perspectives from the sciences and the humanities into natural
history. Through creating a continuum from fact to myth, the authors
communities" honor the precious diversity of life found
within the American West. It is the hope of Native West Press
of these life-forms, particularly some of those less favored
by our contemporary culture, in a way that appeals to both lay
Through its books, projects, and programs, Native West Press
invites humans to adopt an attitude of appreciation suggestive
that truly respect the fragility of our beloved Western wildlife
and our shared homeland.