• Testimonials

    I could not have chosen a better conference or wished for a more welcoming, interested, and supportive group of scholars and colleagues to engage with.
    Johannes Fehrle, 2020
    Owens Award recipient 2011 and EC Member 2013-2016


Western Literature Association Officers

Audrey GoodmanCo–PresidentGeorgia State University
Lisa TatonettiCo–PresidentKansas State University
Jennifer LadinoCo–President ElectUniversity of Idaho
Amanda ZinkCo–President ElectIdaho State University
Kerry FineCo–Past President Arizona State University
Rebecca LushCo–Past President California State University San Marcos
William R. HandleyExec. SecretaryUniversity of Southern California
Nancy CookTreasurerUniversity of Montana, Missoula
Amy HamiltonEditor, WAL Northern Michigan University
April Anson2022San Diego State University
Travis Franks2022Boston University
Cathryn Halverson2022Minot State University
Mike Lemon2022Texas Tech University
Surabhi Balachander2022Grad student rep, University of Michigan
Jada AchArizona State University
Joshua AndersonUniversity of Saint Joseph
José ArandaRice University
Kirby BrownUniversity of Oregon
Sylvan GoldbergColorado College
Jenna HunnefUniversity of Saskatchewan
Alex HuntWest Texas A&M University
Amaia IbarraranUniversity of the Basque Country
Sarah Jane KerwinGrad student rep, University of Michigan

  • 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/