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The Dorys Crow Grover Awards

In 1966, Washington State University graduate student Dorys Crow Grover joined the fledgling Western Literature Association and started attending its conferences. From her books on WLA’s first Distinguished Achievement Award recipient, Vardis Fisher, to her work on Hemingway and Graves, Professor Grover helped to develop the field of western American literary studies. After teaching for over two decades at East Texas State University, Professor Grover retired in 1993, splitting her time between Texas and Pendleton, Oregon, where she grew up.

One of her doctoral students, Joyce Kinkead, Professor of English at Utah State University, has created the Dorys Crow Grover Award in recognition of her mentor’s dedication to both western American literature and to graduate students. Now in its seventh year, the Dorys Crow Grover Award, in the amount of $250 cash, will be given to two graduate students presenting at this year’s annual conference whose papers contribute to our critical understandings of region, place, and space in western American literatures.

Creative work is not considered for the Grover Awards.

Please submit an abstract by the proposal deadline. Once your proposal has been accepted, submit the complete, conference-length paper (not exceeding 15 pages) with a cover letter indicating that you wish to be considered for the Dorys Crow Grover Award. (EMAIL TO BE ANNOUNCED.)

The deadline for the completed paper is TO BE ANNOUNCED.

You may submit the same paper for the Taylor Award, if you wish. Award recipients are expected to attend the banquet, where they will receive the award, and to send a letter with the delivered paper to Dorys Crow Grover AFTER the conference.

Note: To be eligible for this award, you must be registered as a graduate student at your institution at the time of the conference. And the award can only be received once. 

2021 NOTICE: As we are not hosting a conference in 2021, this will not be a conference paper. The competition will be handled differently. The awards WILL be given at a virtual awards ceremony in the fall of 2021. Please check back for details.


The Dorys Grover Award Recipients

YearRecipient
2020Sarah Nolan, University of Southern California
2020Renee Sprinkle, West Texas A&M University
2019Maria Alberto, University of Utah
2019Travis Franks, Arizona State University
2018Meagan Meylor, University of Southern California
2018Amanda Monteleone, University of Texas at Arlington
2017April Anson
2017Lisa Fink
2016Amy Gore
2016Michael Olausen
2015William V. Lombardi
2015Michael P. Taylor
2014Brittany Henry
2014Lisa Locascio
2014Ashley Reis
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