• Testimonials

    The resolute but congenial atmosphere of the WLA has set the tone for my approach to teaching and scholarship, and established my regard for active service to my institution and the profession.
    William V. Lombardi, 2017
    Grad student rep 2012–2014, Crow Grover Award recipient 2015, and EC Member 2016–2019

Student membership in the WLA

Graduate students are eligible for a discounted membership to the Western Literature Association ($45 for US students, $69 for students with a mailing address outside of the United States). The membership includes a subscription to the scholarly journal Western American Literature, distributed quarterly, and access to the online membership directory.

Please note that anyone presenting a paper at the annual conference must be a member of the WLA.  If you’d like to become a member and/or subscriber:

– sign up online via the membership page. Afterward, please send the filled in membership form as an attachment to Sabine Barcatta.

– or download and print our WLAMembershipForm2018 (pdf) and send it to us at Western Literature Association, PO Box 6815, Logan UT 84341.

– or download and fill in WLAMembershipForm2018 (docx) and send it to us at Western Literature Association, PO Box 6815, Logan UT 84341.

Students MUST fill in the membership form in order to qualify for the student discount. Don’t forget to mention your affiliation! 

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  • 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.

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