The WLA honors the great writer and scholar Louis Owens for his contributions to western American and American Indian literary studies and for his unfailing generosity as a colleague, teacher, and mentor. The goal of the Louis Owens Awards is to build for the future of the Western Literature Association by modeling Owens’ own support and encouragement of diverse graduate student engagement in western literature and culture studies.
The Owens Awards are intended to foster ever-greater diversity within the WLA membership, to help broaden the field of western American literary studies, and to recognize both graduate student scholarship and financial need.
To be eligible for this award, you must be registered as a graduate student at the time of the conference. You are not eligible for this award if you have received it previously.
To apply, please submit the following to Prof. Priscilla Ybarra, Committee Chair:
1. A completed Louis Owens Award Application 2015.
2. A copy of your WLA conference proposal.
3. A writing sample of 8-10 pages, double-spaced. This does not have to be on the same topic as the conference proposal but should reflect your work in the field of western American literary and cultural studies.
All materials should be sent by September 1, 2015.
If you are interested in applying for this award, submit a paper proposal for participation in the conference by June 15. If your paper is accepted, you can then submit the above-mentioned award application materials. If you are awarded one of the Owens stipends, you are expected to attend most of the conference. Please see conference details for the 2015 WLA Conference. If you have any questions regarding the 2015 Owens Award, please contact Prof. Priscilla Ybarra.
Originally named the Minority Student Award
2004: JOSHUA SMITH, University of Southern California
2005: JESSICA BREMMER, University of Southern California, and ANDREA DOMINGUEZ, University of Arizona
Renamed Louis Owens Award/s
2006: ELIXABETE ANSA-GOICOECHEA, Indiana University & JENNIFER CLARK, University of Southern California
2007: NAVEED REHAN, University of Alberta
2008: JESSICA BREMMER, University of Southern California
2009: CAROLE JUGE, Université Paris, Sorbonne & JAMES E. MURRAY, University of South Dakota
2010: ELISA BORDIN, University of Verona & STEPHEN SIPERSTEIN, University of Southern California
2011: JOHANNES FEHRLE, University Freiburg, Germany
2012: CHRISTOPHER MUNIZ, University of Southern California & AUBREY STREIT KRUG, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013: RENATA GOMES, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil & JASMINE JOHNSON, University of British Columbia
2014: JANE WONG, University of Washington