#Westernlit2014 (the conference in Tweets)

Thanks to everyone for a great WLA conference. See you in Reno!

Very glad to have WLA in my life. was another good one.

Victoria (WLA 2014)

From the 2014 Western Literature Association conference in Victoria, BC.

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The Empress Hotel, site of the conference.

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A new addition to the conference this year was a group of “roamers” (pictured above), who attended various panels and then got together for a special session where they reported back to the conference their observations about what they had seen and heard during the conference.

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After the banquet.

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The view from inside the Empress.

Some bits of conference news:

The conference will be in Minneapolis in 2017, with Florence Amamoto and Susan Maher as co-presidents.

2014 Western Literature Association Award Winners:

Distinquished Achievement Award

Connie Kaldor

Lyon Book Award

Christine Bold, The Frontier Club

Rosowski Award for Outstanding Teaching and Creative Mentoring

Evelyn I. Funda

Walker Prize for Best Essay

Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue, “Aztlan’s Asians: Forging and Forgetting Cross-Racial Relations in the Chicana/o Literary Imagination”

Wylder Award for Longtime Service

William R. Handley

Manfred Award for best creative writing submission to conference:

Lisa Knopp, “Groundwork.”

Louis Owens Award (for graduation student presents contributing cultural diversity to the WLA)

Jane Wong

Taylor-Grove Award (best paper presented by a graduate student)

Aubrey Streit Krug

Grover Awards (outstanding papers present by graduate students)

Brittany Henry, Lisa Locascio, Ashley Reis

Western American Literature 49.3

The fall issue of Western American Literature (49.3) is in the mail, and available on Project Muse.


Far from the Pastoral Myth: Basque Sheepherders in Contemporary Western American Fiction

David Rio

“The Sterility of their art”: Masculinity and the Western in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony

Lydia R. Cooper


Amaia Ibarraran, Martin Simonson, and David Rio, eds., The Neglected West: Contemporary Approaches to Western American Literature-Nancy S. Cook

David L. Moore, That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America-O. Alan Weltzien

Michelle H. Raheja, Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film

-Scott D. Emmert

James H. Cox, The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico-Lisa Tatonetti

Scott Knickerbocker, Ecopoetics: The Language of Nature, the Nature of Language-Robert Scott

William E. Tydeman, Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination-Jason Hertz

Don Waters, Sunland-Andrea Clark Mason

Gerald Vizenor, Chair of Tears-Andy Meyer

Scott Momaday, Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems-Matthias Schubnell

Mary K. Stillwell, The Life & Poetry of Ted Kooser-Scott Knickerbocker

Jackson J. Benson, Haunted: The Strange and Profound Art of Wright Morris, a Biography and a Photo Gallery

-Rodney P. Rice

Evelyn I. Funda, Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament-Susan H. Swetnam

Jean Morgan Meaux, ed., In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers’ Tales, 1879-1909-Eric Heyne

Mark Liebenow, Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite-Scott Herring

SueEllen Campbell, et al., The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science and Culture

-Ann E. Lundberg

William deBuys, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest

-Sharman Apt Russell

Deadline for WLA Registration

Dear WLAers,

Please remember that the Early Bird registration rate (for regular members) is only available until Monday, September 15. You may register for the conference here: http://conferences.uvic.ca/index.php/bordersongs/bordersongs2014/schedConf/registration


CFP: WLA Panel at ASLE

CFP: WLA Panel at ASLE

Literatures of the Gold Rush

As an affiliate organization, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) supports a WLA-sponsored panel at its annual conference. With attention to the 2015 ASLE conference theme – “Notes From Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice” – this panel will address western literatures of extraction and mining, with particular attention to texts related to western gold rushes. Proposals are invited that critically examine texts that engage the complex history of mining operations in the West from a diversity of perspectives. How do varied cultural and historical contexts impact the way mining, particularly gold mining, is imagined? How are relationships to land and place influenced by mining operations and the search for mineral wealth? How does mineral extraction impact western environments and the stories we tell about the West? How are practices of extraction inscribed on the land and/or in the formal elements of literature?

Please submit a 150-word abstract to Amy Hamilton at amyhamil@nmu.edu by November 1; please include in the subject line of your email “WLA Panel at ASLE.” The WLA panel will be formed in time to resubmit your proposal to the general call if your submission is not selected for the WLA-sponsored panel.


Longmire News

There’s a new Walt Longmire novel, Craig Johnson’s latest in the series, By Any Other Name.
Click her for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle review.

Shortly following the publication of the new book, the Longmire television series returns June 2 on A&E.

Herb Jeffries, at 100


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