• 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

Virtual Events 2021

Due to the uncertainties created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the WLA has decided not to hold a conference in 2021. Instead, there will be a variety of individual virtual events. 

We gratefully acknowledge the support from the Kansas State University English Department and the Georgia State University English Department for these events.

We would also like to thank Lisa Tatonetti and Audrey Goodman, our WLA Co-Presidents, for handling the logistics surrounding the 2021 events in addition to hosting our conference in 2022.

Please direct any questions you might have regarding the 2021 virtual engagement events to Sabine Barcatta.

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If you were looking for information on the conference to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, please check WLA Conference 2022.


The Politics of Public Lands in the Contemporary US West: A Roundtable Discussion  

Our first engagement event will take place on Saturday, April 17, 3 pm EST.  

Coordinator: Tom Lynch 

Moderator: Western American Literature Special Issue Editor Jenn Ladino 

Please save the date. Sign-up zoom links will be coming soon.

Participants include Marsha Weisiger, Stephanie LeMenager, April Anson, Meagan Meylor, Ashley Reis, and Luke Morgan. 


Black Wall Street/Tulsa Race Massacre  

A conversation with fiction writer Rilla Askew and poet Quaraysh Ali Lansana 

Monday, May 17, 5 pm EST 

Coordinator: Kalenda Eaton 

Mark your calendar! Sign-up zoom link will be coming soon.  

Please stay tuned. More information will be forthcoming on this page.


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