• Testimonials

    The WLA has provided an invaluable intellectual home for me as I have worked to forge a professional identity over the course of my time in graduate school.
    Alex Young, 2018
    Taylor Award recipient 2010 and EC Member 2018–2021


Western Literature Association Officers

Kerry FineCo–PresidentArizona State University
Rebecca LushCo–PresidentCalifornia State University San Marcos
Audrey GoodmanCo–President ElectGeorgia State University
Lisa TatonettiCo–President ElectKansas State University
Jennifer LadinoCo–Vice PresidentUniversity of Idaho
Amanda ZinkCo–Vice PresidentIdaho State University
SueEllen CampbellCo–Past President Colorado State University
Alex HuntCo–Past President West Texas A&M University
Nicolas WitschiExec. SecretaryWestern Michigan University
Nancy CookTreasurerUniversity of Montana, Missoula
Tom LynchEditor, WAL University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Jennifer Dawes2020Midwestern State University
Jenny Kerber2020Wilfrid Laurier University
Kyoko Matsunaga2020Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Joshua Smith 2020Biola University
Jillian Bennion2020Grad student rep, Duquesne University
Krista Comer2021Rice University
Kalenda Eaton2021University of Oklahoma
Melody Graulich2021Utah State University (emerita)
Alex Young2021Arizona State University
Surabhi Balachander2021Grad student rep, University of Michigan
April Anson2022San Diego State University
Travis Franks2022Boston University
Cathryn Halverson2022Minot State University
Mike Lemon2022Texas Tech University

  • Western Literature Association (WLA)

    Founded in 1965, the Western Literature Association (WLA) is a non-profit, scholarly association that promotes the study of the diverse literature and cultures of the North American West, past and present.

  • Western American Literature (WAL)

    (The Journal)

    Published by the Western Literature Association, Western American Literature is the leading journal in western American literary studies.

  • Black Lives Matter

    The Western Literature Association (WLA) is in solidarity with Black communities, after the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the ongoing pattern of systemic racism and injustice that targets black and brown bodies. ...http://www.westernlit.org/black-lives-matter/