#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.

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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