A nonprofit literary publisher, Ahsahta Press was founded in 1974 at Boise State University to preserve the best works by early poets of the American West, including many women poets. The press now publishes seven to ten full-length books annually by contemporary poets; it also sponsors the Sawtooth Poetry Prize and the Ahsahta Chapbook Prize. With the inception of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Boise State University, Ahsahta Press expanded its scope, presenting works of poets from across the nation.