From the 2014 Western Literature Association conference in Victoria, BC.
The Empress Hotel, site of the conference.
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.
After the banquet.
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
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)
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