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  • Haslam's Valley (Heyday Books, 2005; E-book, Devil Mountain Books, 2013)



  • Okies: Selected Stories (New West Publications, 1973, 1974; Peregrine-Smith, 1975)
  • Masks: A Novel (Old Adobe Press, 1976)
  • The Wages of Sin: Collected Stories (Duck Down Press/ Windriver Books, 1980)
  • Hawk Flights: Visions of the West (Seven Buffaloes Press, 1983); E-book, (Devil Mountain Books).
  • Snapshots: Glimpses of the Other California (Devil Mountain Books, 1985); E-book, (Devil Mountain Books).
  • The Man Who Cultivated Fire and Other Stories (Capra Press, 1987)
  • That Constant Coyote: California Stories (University of Nevada Press, 1990; second printing, 1991; third printing, 1993)
  • Condor Dreams & Other Fictions (Univ. of Nevada Press, 1994)
  • The Great Tejon Club Jubilee (Devil Mountain Books, 1996); E-book, (Devil Mountain Books).
  • Manuel and the Madman (Devil Mountain Books, 2000)
  • Straight White Male (University of Nevada Press, 2000)
  • Grace Period (University of Nevada Press, 2006); E-book, Devil Mountain Books)



  • The Language of the Oil Fields (Old Adobe Press, 1972)
  • Voices of a Place: Social and Literary Essays from the Other California (Devil Mountain Books, 1987)
  • Coming of Age in California, (Devil Mountain Books, 1990; revised edition, 1992; second, enlarged edition, 2000)
  • The Other California: The Great Central Valley in Life and Letters (Capra Press, 1990; second, enlarged edition; University of Nevada Press, 1994)
  • The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland (University of California Press, 1993)
  • Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California, with Richard Chon and Alexandra Haslam (University of California Press 1999; Ee-book, 2013)
  • In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa, with Janice Haslam (University of Nebraska Press, 2011); E-book, (University of Nebraska Press).
  • Leon Patterson: A California Story, with Janice Haslam (Devil Mountain Books, 2014); E-book, (Devil Mountain Books, 2014)



  • (ed.) Forgotten Pages of American Literature (Houghton-Mifflin, 1970)
  • (ed.) Western Writing (University of New Mexico Press, 1974)
  • (ed.) Afro-American Oral Literature (Harper & Row, 1974)
  • (ed. with James D. Houston) California Heartland: Writing from the Great Central Valley (Capra Press, 1978)
  • (ed. with J. Golden Taylor, et al.) A Literary History of the American West (Texas Christian University Press, 1987)
  • (ed.) Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State (Univ. of Nevada Press, 1992; second edition, 1999)
  • (ed. with Alexandra R. Haslam) Where Coyotes Howl and Wind Blows Free: Growing Up In the West (University of Nevada Press, 1995)
  • (ed.) Jack London's Golden State: Selected California Writing (Heyday Books, 1999)



  • William Eastlake (Steck-Vaughn Southwest Writers' Series, 1970)
  • A Teacher's Guide to Forgotten Pages of American Literature (Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1970)
  • Jack Schaefer (Boise State University Western Writers' Series, 1976)
  • Voices of a Place: The Great Central Valley (California Academy of Sciences, 1986)
  • Baiting the Hook (Poets & Writers Inc., 1990)
  • An Instructor's Guide to Many Californias (University of Nevada Press, 1992)
  • Lawrence Clark Powell (Boise State University Western Writers' Series 1992)
  • Out of the Slush Pile (with Stephen Glasser, Poets & Writers Inc., 1993)
  • The Horned Toad (Thwack! Pow! Productions, 1995)
  • An Instructor's Guide to "Where Coyotes Howl and Wind Blows Free" (Univ. of Nevada Press, 1996)


Contributions to magazines and journals: Several hundred to such as The Nation, Los Angeles Times Magazine, This World, Sierra, Boom, Saveur, Zocalo and Poets & Writers.

Contributions to newspapers: OP-ED writer, Sacramento Bee; Contributing writer, Los Angeles Times, Bakersfield Californian.

Contributions to anthologies: As of September 2015, 142 selections in collections such as The St. Martin's Guide to Writing, Modern American Short Fiction, Discovering Literature, Contemporary American Satire, Highway 99, California Childhood, The Literature of California , California Shorts and Naked at Our Age.