Victoria, British Columbia
November 5-8, 2014
The 49th Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association will be
held just south of the 49th parallel, returning to Canada for the first time
since 1998. The conference will take place at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
in downtown Victoria. From our conference hotel, at least on a clear day,
both Canada and the United States are visible.
To highlight this unique conjunction, we have borrowed for the Conference’s
theme the title of Olympia, Washington, writer Jim Lynch’s perceptive and
amusing novel Border Songs.
We hope to present the Distinguished Achievement Award, for the first
time, to a prolific singer-songwriter, Connie Kaldor. In addition, we have
invited her to give a concert.
In addition to proposals on any aspect of the literatures of the North
American West, we encourage panels and papers that cross disciplines
and/or explore dimensions of the conference theme, singing borders and
bordering on song:
• Border crossings broadly interpreted
• First Nations/Native American song, story, and writing
• Song in western North American writing
• Literature that has been set to music
• The singer/songwriter, the cowgirl/cowboy poet, the storyteller
• Poetry, stories, creative non-fiction with musical accompaniment
We are open to session proposals focused on storytelling, to workshops
and round table discussions, and to other sessions that may cross
traditional academic borders. Deadline: June 15, 2014. Please submit
abstracts, proposals, or questions to Anne Kaufman and Laurie Ricou at
For more information, see www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2014/.