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Tables of Contents 1966-1977

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Spring 1966 (vol. 1, no. 1)

Editorial: A Critical Forum for the Western Muse J. Golden Taylor
Lord Grizzly: Rhythm, Form, and Meaning in the Western Novel John R. Milton
The Mountain Man as Literary Hero Don D. Walker
Two Primitives: Huck Finn and Tom Outland Maynard Fox
Two Views of the American West Jim L. Fife
Emerson Hough’s Heart’s Desire Delbert E. Wylder
West as Myth: Status Report and Call for Action Warren French
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Mountain Man, by Vardis Fisher Frederick Manfred
The Life and Death of John Henry Tunstall, compiled and edited by Frederick W. Nolan John DeWitt McKee
The Grizzly Bear—Portraits from Life, edited by Bessie Doak Haynes and Edgard Haynes Thomas J. Lyon
The Log of a Cowboy, by Andy Adams Levi S. Peterson
I’ve Killed Men, by Jack Ganzhorn Ruth Keenan
Meriwether Lewis: A Biography, by Richard Dillon Richard W. Etulain
Frank Norris, by Warren French Kenneth B. Hunsaker
Letters from Jack London, edited by King Hendricks and Irving Shepard George H. Tweney
Blackfoot Lodge Tales: The Story of a Prairie People, by George Bird Grinnell Alan F. Crooks
The Mountain of Gold, by Max Evans John Herrmann
John Muir, by Herbert F. Smith Thomas J. Lyon
Josiah Royce, by Vincent Buranelli John Clendenning

Summer 1966 (vol. 1, no. 2)

The Western Humanism of Willa Cather Don D. Walker
The Archetypal Ethic of The Ox-Bow Incident Max Westbrook
Alan Swallow and Modern, Western American Poetry Morton L. Ross
Hamlin Garland’s Retreat from Realism Charles T. Miller
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Mary Hunter Austin, by T. M. Pearce Dudley Wynn
Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales, by George Bird Grinnell Jan Harold Brunvand
Frontier Trails: The Autobiography of Frank M. Canton, edited by Edward Everett Dale Orlan Sawey
Katherine Anne Porter, by George Hendrick Edwin W. Gaston Jr.
Wright Morris, by David Madden Jack Brenner
Lyric and Dramatic Poems of John G. Neihardt, by John G. Neihardt Thomas J. Lyon
Conrad Richter, by Edwin W. Gaston Jr. John DeWitt McKee
The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon Warren French

Fall 1966 (vol. 1, no. 3)

Internal Debate as Discipline: Clark’s The Watchful Gods Max Westbrook
Washington Irving’s Wilderness Thomas J. Lyon
Bards of the Little Big Horn Brian W. Dippie
The Primitive and the Civilized in Western Fiction Levi S. Peterson
Aspects of the Western Comic Novel William T. Pilkington
A Note on “The Mountain Man as Literary Hero” Edgeley W. Todd
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Old Jules Country: A Selection from Old Jules and Thirty Years of Writing Since the Book Was Published, by Mari Sandoz Virginia Faulkner
Wapiti Wilderness, by Margaret Murie and Olaus Murie Thomas J. Lyon
Stephen Harriman Long, 1784–1864, Army Engineer, Explorer, Inventor, by Richard G. Wood Edgeley W. Todd
The Rummy Kid Goes Home and Other Stories of the Southwest, by Ross Santee C. L. Sonnichsen
Timothy Flint, by James K. Folsom Orlan Sawey
The Woman at Otowi Crossing, by Frank Waters Martin Bucco

Winter 1967 (vol. 1, no. 4)

Western Writing and Eastern Publishing Vardis Fisher and Alvin M. Josephy Jr.
The American West: A Challenge to the Literary Imagination John R. Milton
Vardis Fisher: New Directions for the Historical Novel Ronald W. Taber
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Oldest Maiden Lady in New Mexico and Other Stories, by Clay Fisher; The Last Warpath, by Will Henry; Sons of the Western Frontier, by Will Henry Arnold E. Needham
King of Spades, by Frederick Manfred Russell Roth
Six Faces of Mexico, edited by Russell C. Ewing Frank Waters
Pershing’s Mission in Mexico, by Haldeen Braddy Karl Young
The Recollections of Philander Prescott: Frontiersman of the Old Northwest, 1819–1862, edited by Donald Dean Parker Kenneth A. Spaulding
The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace, by John C. Duval, edited by Mabel Major and Rebecca W. Smith John Q. Anderson
Pioneer Surveyor—Frontier Lawyer: The Personal Narrative of O. W. Williams, 1877–1902, edited by S. D. Myres Benjamin Capps
Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830–1900, by Leonard J. Arrington Rodman W. Paul
The Company Town in the American West, by James B. Allen Thomas F. Andrews
A Texas Cowboy, or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony, by Charles A. Siringo Robert N. Mullin
Songs of the Cowboys, by N. Howard “Jack” Thorp, edited by Austin E. Fife and Alta S. Fife Hector H. Lee
The Red Man’s West, edited by Michael S. Kennedy; Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies, by Ella E. Clark Brigham D. Madsen
The Rim of the Prairie, by Bess Streeter Aldrich; The Home Place, by Dorothy Thomas Roy W. Meyer
The Great American Desert, Then and Now, by W. Eugene Hollon Edgeley W. Todd

Spring 1967 (vol. 2, no.1)

English Westerns James K. Folsom
The Western Naturalism of Frank Norris Don D. Walker
Charles and Frank Norris Arnold L. Goldsmith
The Dying Cowboy Song John Barsness
A Ballad in Search of Its Author John I. White
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, by Peter Nabokov Frank Waters
A Woman of the People, by Benjamin Capps Robert A. Roripaugh
With the Ears of Strangers: The Mexican in American Literature, by Cecil Robinson Quincy Guy Burris
Inherit the Earth, Stories from Mexico Ranch Life, by Alvin Gordon Anne Smith
The Spiritual Conquest of Mexico, by Robert Ricard LaVerne Harrell Clark
Jack London: A Bibliography, compiled by Hensley C. Woodbridge, John London, and George H. Tweney King Hendricks
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore, compiled by Roger L. Welsch Louie W. Attebery
Love Song to the Plains, by Mari Sandoz L. A. Hahn
Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God, Son of Thunder, by Harold Schindler T. Y. Booth
The Life and Voyages of Captain George Vancouver: Surveyor of the Sea, by Bern Anderson L. L. Lee
Greenville M. Dodge: Soldier, Politician, Railroad Pioneer, by Stanley P. Hirshson Wilson O. Clough
Buckskin Joe: The Memories of Edward Jonathan Hoyt, edited by Glenn Shirley Loy Otis Banks
Texas Riverman: The Life and Times of Captain Andrew Smyth, by William Seale George W. Ewing
History of North Dakota, by Elwyn B. Robinson Don E. Gribble
The Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish Speaking Californians, 1846–1890, by Leonard Pitt Roscoe L. Buckland
Up and Down California in 1860–1864: The Journal of William H. Brewer, Professor of Agriculture in the Sheffield Scientific School from 1864 to 1903, edited by Francis P. Farquhar Arthur P. Frietzsche
The Letters of George Catlin and His Family: A Chronicle of the American West, by Marjorie Catlin Roehm James C. Austin
Audubon in the West, edited by John Francis McDermott; Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains, by Thurman Wilkins Michael McCloskey

Summer 1967 (vol. 2, no. 2)

My Ántonia: A Dark Dimension Sr. Peter Damian Charles
Hamlin Garland and the American Indian Roy W. Meyer
A New Reading of The Sea Wolf James Ellis
Honey in the Horn and “Acres of Clams”: The Regional Fiction of H. L. Davis Jan Harold Brunvard
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Viva Max! by James Lehrer John S. Bullen
The Rocky Mountain West in 1867, by Louis J. Simonin Ronald W. Taber
They Sang for Horses: The Impact of the Horse on Navajo and Apache Folklore, by LaVerne Harrell Clark Karl Young
By Cheyenne Campfires, by George Bird Grinnell; When Buffalo Ran, by George Bird Grinnell Ben Gray Lumpkin
The Shoshoneans: The People of the Basin Plateau, text by Edward Dorn, photographs by Leroy Lucas Paul R. Eldridge
The Sunny Slopes of Long Ago, edited by Wilson M. Hudson and Allen Maxwell Paul T. Bryant
The Christmas of the Phonograph Records, A Recollection, by Mari Sandoz Anne Smith
The Wild Bunch, edited by Alan Swallow C. L. Sonnichsen
The Mormon Conflict 1850–1859, by Norman F. Furness Roscoe L. Buckland
Tales of Frontier Texas: 1830–1860, edited by John Q. Anderson William T. Pilkington
Australians and the Gold Rush: California and Down Under, 1849–1854, by Jay Monaghan A. Grove Day
Exploring the Northwest Territory: Sir Alexander Mackenzie’s Journal of a Voyage by Bark Canoe from Lake Athabasca to the Pacific Ocean in the Summer of 1789, edited by T. H. McDonald Lewis E. Buchanan
Bayou Salado: The Story of South Park, by Virginia McConnell Maynard Fox

Fall 1967 (vol. 2, no. 3)

Bernard DeVoto’s Western Novels Orlan Sawey
Character and Landscape: Frank Waters’ Colorado Triology William T. Pilkington
Ethic and Metaphysic: A Study of John G. Neihardt W. E. Black
The Contributions of Bret Harte to American Oratory Roy F. Hudson
Larry McMurtry and Black Humor: A Note on The Last Picture Show Charles D. Peavy
Nietzsche of the North: Heredity and Race in London’s The Son of the Wolf Richard Vanderbeets
Book Reviews Reviewed By
North of Yesterday, by Robert Flynn John Barsness
Beyond the Desert, by Eugene Manlove Rhodes J. W. Hutchinson
Astoria or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains, by Washington Irving, edited by Edgeley W. Todd John Francis McDermott
Adventures at Astoria, 1810–1814, by Gabriel Franchère, translated and edited by Hoyt C. Franchère Edgeley W. Todd
Words for Denver and Other Poems, by Thomas Hornsby Ferril Nicholas Crome
From Scotland to Silverado, by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by James D. Hart John S. Bullen
The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Negro Calvalry in the West, by William H. Leckie Everett L. Jones
Western America in 1846–47: The Original Travel Diary of Lieutenant J. W. Abert Who Mapped New Mexico for the United States Army, edited by John Galvin A. R. Mortensen
The Last Days of the Sioux Nation, by Robert M. Utley; The Truth about Geronimo, by Britton Davis; Sun Chief: The Autobiography of a Hopi Indian, edited by Leo W. Simmons Karl Young
American Indian Life, edited by Elsie Clews Parson Susan Taylor
Century in the Saddle, by Richard Goff and Robert H. McCaffree Don D. Walker

Winter 1968 (vol. 2, no. 4)

Western Canadian Literature Donald Greene
Cannery Row: Steinbeck’s Pastoral Poem Stanley Alexander
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The American Western Novel, by James K. Folsom John R. Milton
From West to East: Studies in the Literature of the American West, by Robert Edsom Lee D. E. Wylder
The Pleasure Garden, by Oakley Hall Robert Narveson
To Be a Man, by William Decker J. W. Hutchinson
Flame on the Frontier: Short Stories of Pioneer Women, by Dorothy M. Johnson Benjamin Capps
Great Western Short Stories, edited by J. Golden Taylor John S. Bullen
Mountain Men: Geogre Frederick Ruxton’s Firsthand Accounts of Fur Trappers and Indians in the Rockies, edited and illustrated by Glen Rounds Edgeley W. Todd
Horse Tradin’, by Ben K. Green; 13 Flat: The Rodeo, Horses and Riders, by Willard H. Porter; The Cowboy, by Vincent Paul Rennert; Cowboys and the Songs They Sang, by S. J. Sackett John Barsness
A Picture Report of the Custer Fight, by William Reusswig Brian W. Dippie
Pedro Vial, and The Roads to Santa Fe, by Noel M. Loomis and Abraham Nasatir; Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail, by Leo E. Oliva T. M. Pearce

Spring 1968 (vol. 3, no. 1)

H. L. Davis: Viable Uses for the Past Paul T. Bryant
Nebraska Regionalism in Selected Works of Willa Cather Bruce Baker II
Clark’s Man for all Seasons: The Achievement of Wholeness in The Ox-Bow Incident Barclay W. Bates
An Ignored Meaning of the West Thomas J. Lyon
Poe’s Use of Mackenzie’s Voyages in “The Journal of Julius Rodman” Wayne R. Kime
Book Reviews Reviewed By
SOUTHWEST WRITERS SERIES, general editor James W. Lee, (nos. 1–13); J. Frank Dobie, by Francis Edward Abernethy; John C. Duval: First Texas Man of Letters, by John Q. Anderson; Charles A. Siringo: A Texas Picaro, by Charles D. Peavy; Andy Adams: Storyteller and Novelist of the Great Plains, by Wilson M. Hudson; Tom Lea: Artist in Two Mediums, by John O. West; Katherine Anne Porter: The Regional Stories, by Winifred S. Emmons; William Humphrey, by James W. Lee; Paul Horgan, by James M. Day; Oliver LaFarge, by Everett A. Gillis; Fred Gipson, by Sam M. Henderson; Eugene Manlove Rhodes: Cowboy Chronicler, by Edwin W. Gaston Jr.; J. Mason Brewer: Negro Folklorist, by James W. Byrd; George Sessions Perry, by Stanley Alexander Orlan Sawey
The Mysterious West, by Brad William and Choral Pepper Edgeley W. Todd
Palms, Peaks, and Prairies, by Richard Fleck; Dan Freeman, by Dan Jaffe Charles G. Wiley
The Last Jew in America, by Leslie A. Fiedler John Barsness
The Short Novels of Jack Schaefer, introduction by Dorothy M. Johnson Gerald Haslam
Wilderness Kingdom—Indian Life in the Rocky Mountains: 1840–1847, by Nicolas Point, S. J., translated by Joseph P. Donnelly, S. J. Karl Young
Run toward the Nightland, by Jack Frederick and Anne Gritts Kilpatrick Charles Eagle Plume
Literature and Theater of the States and Regions of the U.S.A., edited by Clarence Gohdes Ronald A. Willis
John Steinbeck: A Concise Bibliography (1930–1965), by Tetsumaro Hayashi Bascom Wallis
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Kingdom of Art: Willa Cather’s First Principles and Critical Statements 1893–1896, selected and edited by Bernice Slote; Willa Cather and Her Critics, edited by James Schroeter; Essays on American Literature in Honor of Jay B. Hubbell, edited by Clarence Gohdes; The Pioneer in the American Novel, 1900–1950, by Nicholas J. Karolides J. Golden Taylor

Summer 1968 (vol. 3, no. 2)

The Rise and Fall of Barney Tullus Don D. Walker
Quetzalcoatl versus D. H. Lawrence’s Plumed Serpent Frank Waters
The Western Fiction of Mayne Reid Roy W. Meyer
The Novel of Western Adventure in Nineteenth-Century Germany D. L. Ashliman
An Undiscovered Early Review of Norris’ Octopus Richard Allan Davison
Bulkington as Henry Chatillon William Powers
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Apples of Paradise and Other Stories, by Frederick Manfred Max Westbrook
Max Brand’s Stories, edited by Robert Easton Patrick Morrow
Navaho Folk Tales, by Franc Johnson Newcomb Frank Waters
The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, edited and translated by Ralph L. Roys LaVerne Harrell Clark
Cheyenne Memories, by John Stands in Timber and Margot Liberty Benjamin Capps
Letters from the West; Containing Sketches of Scenery, Manners, and Customs; and Anecdotes Connected with the First Settlements of the Western Sections of the United States (1828), by James Hall Edgeley W. Todd
Bartlett’s West: Drawing the Mexican Boundary, by Robert V. Hine Kenneth Hufford
The Southwest: Old and New, by W. Eugene Hollon Thomas W. Ford
Joe Lane of Oregon: Machine Politics and the Sectional Crisis, 1849–1861, by James E. Hendrickson Preston E. Onstad
Jack London and His Times—An Unconventional Biography, by Joan London George H. Tweney
Joaquin Miller, by O. W. Frost Richard W. Etulain
Montana Adventures, the Recollections of Frank B. Linderman, edited by Harold G. Merriam Ruth Keenan
William Anderson Scott, No Ordinary Man, by Clifford M. Drury Taylor T. Jackman
The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West, by Dee Brown Carol I. Bagley
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Mountain of My Fear, by David Roberts; On the Loose, by Terry Russel and Renny Russell; Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, by Edward Abbey; The Man Who Walked through Time, by Colin Fletcher; Baja California and the Geography of Hope, by Joseph Wood Krutch; Farewell to Texas, A Vanishing Wilderness, by William O. Douglas; Wilderness and the American Mind, by Roderick Nash; Man in the Landscape: A Historic View of the Esthetics of Nature, by Paul Shepard J. Golden Taylor

Fall 1968 (vol. 3, no. 3)

The Practical Spirit: Sacrality and the American West Max Westbrook
Gary Snyder, A Western Poet Thomas J. Lyon
Listening to the Wilderness with William Stafford J. Russell Roberts Sr.
Words Frank Waters
A Larry McMurtry Bibliography Charles D. Peavy
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Eastern Establishment and the Western Experience: The West of Frederic Remington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Wister, by G. Edward White Merrill Lewis
Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West, by Vardis Fisher and Opal Laurel Holmes John Barsness
On the Western Tour with Washington Irving: The Journal and Letters of Count de Pourtalès, edited with an introduction and notes by George F. Spaulding, translated by Seymour Feiler Edgeley W. Todd
Will James: The Gilt Edged Cowboy, by Anthony Amaral Richard W. Etulain
One More River to Cross, by Will Henry Everett L. Jones
Southwest Writers Anthology, edited by Martin Shockley Martin Bucco
The Old North Trail or Life, Legends and Religion of the Blackfeet Indians, by Walter McClintock Lou Attebery
The War on Powder River, by Helena Huntington Smith; The Johnson County War, by Jack R. Gage H. R. Dieterich
The Editor’s Essay Review: Island in the Sound, by Hazel Heckman; My Rocky Mountain Valley, by James Grafton Rogers; The Rockies, by David Lavender; A Gallery of Dudes, by Marshall Sprague J. Golden Taylor

Winter 1969 (vol. 3, no. 4)

Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man as Literature Delbert E. Wylder
Style in the Literary Desert: Little Big Man Jay Gurian
A New Life: The Frontier Myth in Perspective John A. Barsness
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Indian Heritage of America, by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.; Man’s Rise to Civilization as Shown by the Indians of North America from Primeval Times to the Coming of the Industrial State, by Peter Farb Frank Waters
The West of Alfred Jacob Miller, by Marvin C. Ross Edgeley W. Todd
Eden Prairie, by Frederick Manfred Max Westbrook
The Eternal Adam and the New World Garden, by David W. Noble; The Brothers of Uterica, by Benjamin Capps Martin Bucco
Poems Southwest, edited by A. Wilber Stevens L. L. Lee
Time for Outrage, by Amelia Bean John S. Bullen
Now You Hear My Horn: The Journals of James Wilson Nichols, 1820–1887, edited by Catherine W. McDowell; M. K. Kellogg’s Texas Journal, 1872, edited by Llerena Friend; Bostonians and Bullion: The Journal of Robert Livermore, 1892–1915, edited by Gene M. Gressley; The Original Journals of Henry Smith Turner: With Stephan Watts Kearny to New Mexico and California, 1846, edited by Dwight L. Clarke; Mary Austin Holley: The Texas Diary, 1835–1838, edited by J. P. Bryan William T. Pilkington
Spanish War Vessels on the Mississippi, 1792–1796, by Abraham P. Nasatir Charles J. Bayard
Doctors of the Old West, by Robert F. Karolevitz Stanley W. Henson Jr.
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Generous Years: Rememberances of a Frontier Boyhood, by Chet Huntley; Hamlin Garland’s Diaries, edited by Donald Pizer; Ambrose Bierce: A Biography, by Richard O’Connor; Mark Twain: A Profile, edited by Justin Kaplan; Estevanico the Black, by John Upton Terrell; The Call to California, by Richard F. Pourade J. Golden Taylor

Spring 1969 (vol. 4, no. 1)

Elizabeth Barrett Meets Wolf Larsen Robert Brainard Pearsall
Beneficial Atavism in Frank Norris and Jack London James R. Giles
The Serialized Novels of Sinclair Lewis Martin Bucco
Owen Wister’s “Hank’s Woman”: The Writer and His Comment Neal Lambert
Washington Irving’s Revision of the Tonquin Episode in Astoria Wayne R. Kime
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Pumpkin Seed Point, by Frank Waters; The Peyote Religion among the Navaho, by David F. Aberle; The Arapaho Way, by Althea Bass Thomas J. Lyon
Emerson Hough, by Delbert E. Wylder; Harvey Fergusson, by James K. Folsom; Alice Corbin Henderson, by T. M. Pearce; Frank Waters, by Martin Bucco Carroll Y. Rich
Land of Many Frontiers: A History of the American Southwest, by Odie B. Faulk T. M. Pearce
The Return of the Vanishing American, by Leslie Fiedler John Barsness
Wyoming: A Political History, 1868–1896, by Lewis L. Gould H. R. Dieterich
The Baron of Arizona, by E. H. Cookridge Donald M. Powell
Twenty Years of Stanford Short Stories, edited by Wallace Stegner and Richard Scowcroft with Nancy Packer Loy Otis Banks
Bret Harte: A Biography, by Richard O’Connor Ken Periman
A Navajo Saga, by Kay Bennett and Russ Bennett Ann Merrill
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Home Book of Western Humor, edited by Phillip H. Ault; Bill Nye’s Western Humor, edited by T. A. Larson; Horse and Buggy West, by Jack O’Connor; Wild Cow Tales, by Ben K. Green. J. Golden Taylor

Summer 1969 (vol. 4, no. 2)

Hamlin Garland’s First Novel: A Spoil of Office Eberhard Alsen
Proponents of Order: Tom Outland and Bishop Latour Maynard Fox
“Westering” in “Leader of the People” Donald E. Houghton
Tom Sawyer: Missouri Robin Hood L. Moffitt Cecil
A. B. Guthrie: A Bibliography Richard W. Etulain
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Gunfighter: Man or Myth? by Joseph G. Rosa John Barsness
The Study of American Folklore, by Jan Brunvand Ken Periman
The Lord of Experience, by Clinton F. Larson Robert Pack Browning
An Artist on the Overland Trail: The 1849 Diary and Sketches of James F. Wilkins, edited by John Francis McDermott Kenneth Hufford
Sam Houston with the Cherokees, 1829–1833, by Jack Gregory and Rennard Strickland; Sam Houston and His Twelve Women, by Martha Anne Turner Thomas W. Ford
The Frontier against Slavery: Western Anti-Negro Prejudice and the Slavery Extension Controversy, by Eugene W. Berwanger Philip Durham
Cuna Indian Art, by Clyde E. Keeler Frank Waters
Wild Sports in the Far West, by Friedrich Gerstäcker Alfred Kolb
San Juan Bautista: Gateway to Spanish Texas, by Robert S. Weddle William H. Archer
The Cloud-Climbing Railroad, by Dorothy Jensen Neal; The Northern Pacific—Main Street of the Northwest, by Charles R. Wood G. Franklin Ackerman
Fool’s Gold, A Biography of John Sutter, by Richard Dillon John Mark Sorensen
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Oregon Trail, by Francis Parkman; Roughnecks and Gentlemen, by Harold McCracken; Zebulon Pike: The Life and Times of an Adventurer, by John Upton Terrell; Fifty Years on the Owl Hoot Trail, by Harry E. Chrisman; Trail on Water, by Pearl Baker; Man Met along the Trail: Adventures in Archaeology, by Neil M. Judd; The Bureau of American Ethnology: A Partial History, by Neil M. Judd; Wells Fargo, by Noel M. Loomis; A Treasury of Alaskana, by Ethel E. Becker; Alaska Bush Pilots in the Float Country, by Archie Satterfield J. Golden Taylor

Fall 1969 (vol. 4, no. 3)

Coming of Age in Texas: The Novels of Larry McMurtry Charles D. Peavy
Jack Crabb and the Sole Survivors of Custer’s Last Stand Brian W. Dippie
The Bad Man as Hipster: Norman Mailer’s Use of Frontier Metaphor Grace Witt
The Dublin Cowboys of Flann O’Brien L. L. Lee
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Folklore of the Great West: Selections from Eighty-three Years of the Journal of American Folklore, edited with extensive commentary by John Greenway Jan Harold Brunvand
Frank Norris: Instinct and Art, by William B. Dillingham Arnold L. Goldsmith
Zapata and the Mexican Revolution, by John Womack Jr. Karl Young
The Blue God: An Epic of Mesa Verde, by Louis Mertins Maynard Fox
The Tree of Bones, by John R. Milton; This Lonely House, by John R. Milton L. L. Lee
Westward to Promontory: Building the Union Pacific across the Plains and Mountains, by Barry B. Combs; High Road to Promontory: Building the Central Pacific across the High Sierras, by George Kraus G. Franklin Ackerman
SOUTHWEST WRITERS SERIES, general editor James W. Lee, (nos. 14–18); Conrad Richter, by Robert J. Barnes; A. B. Guthrie Jr., by Thomas W. Ford; Mary Austin: The Southwest Works, by Jo W. Lyday; William A. Owens, by William T. Pilkington; Ross Santee, by Neal B. Houston Charles G. Wiley
A Nurse in the Yukon, by Amy V. Wilson, R. N.; This Raw Land, by Wayne Short Craig Mishler
Tales of the 04 Ranch: Recollections of Harold J. Cook, 1887–1909, by Harold J. Cook Robert A. Roripaugh
Ranch on the Ruidoso, by Wilbur Coe Jim Fife
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Sound of Mountain Water, by Wallace Stegner; “A Dirty Hand”, by Winfield Townley Scott; In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas, by Larry McMurtry; J. Ross Browne: His Letters, Journals, and Writings, edited by Lina Fergusson Browne; The Trouble Begins at Eight, by Fred W. Lorch; Bernard DeVoto, by Orlan Sawey J. Golden Taylor

Winter 1970 (vol. 4, no. 4)

Prolegomena to the Western John G. Cawelti
Frederick Jackson Turner and Thomas Wolfe: The Frontier as History and as Literature Thomas E. Boyle
Character Portrayal in The Ox-Box Incident Kenneth Andersen
Essay Review
The Popular Western Novel: An Essay Review Delbert E. Wylder
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The White Man’s Road, by Benjamin Capps C. L. Sonnichsen
Joshua Pilcher: Fur Trader and Indian Agent, by John E. Sunder Edgeley W. Todd
Earth House Hold, by Gary Snyder Thomas J. Lyon
My Life with History: An Autobiography, by John D. Hicks S. George Ellsworth
Three Men in Texas: Bedichek, Webb, Dobie: Essays by Their Friends in the Texas Observer, edited by Ronnie Dugger George D. Hendricks
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Frontier in American Literature, edited by Philip Durham and Everett L. Jones; The Land Our Fathers Plowed, compiled and edited by David B. Greenberg; The American Frontier, by D. Duane Cummins and William Gee White; Men on the Moving Frontier, by Roger G. Kennedy; Notorious Ladies of the Frontier, by Harry Sinclair Drago; Chronicles of the Gringos, edited with intro by George Winston Smith & Charles Judah; Tijerina and the Courthouse Raid, by Peter Nabokov J. Golden Taylor

Spring 1970 (vol. 5, no. 1)

The American Rhythm: Mary Austin’s Poetic Principle Thomas W. Ford
American Indians: Poets of the Cosmos Gerald Haslam
J. F. Powers’ Morte D’Urban as Western D. H. Stewart
Vardis Fisher: A Bibliography George Kellogg
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Lean Lands, by Augstín Yáñez, translated by Ethel Brinton, illustrated by Alberto Beltrán; Recollections of Things to Come, by Elena Garro, translated and introduced by Ruth L. C. Simms, illustrated by Alberto Beltrán; The Precipice, by Sergio Galindo, translated and introduced by John and Carolyn Brushwood, drawings by Luis Eades; The Norther, by Emilio Carballido, translated and introduced by Margaret Sayers Peden, illustrated by Jose Treviño John DeWitt McKee
House Made of Dawn, by N. Scott Momaday John Z. Bennett
Three Friends: Bedichek, Dobie, Webb, by William A. Owens George D. Hendricks
‘Dear Old Kit’: The Historical Christopher Carson, with a New Edition of the Carson Memoirs, by Harvey Lewis Carter Edgeley Woodman Todd
Thomas Nuttall, Naturalist. Explorations in America 1808–1841, by Jeanette E. Graustein Paul Bryant
Max Brand: The Big “Westerner,” by Robert Easton Richard W. Etulain
No Quittin’ Sense, by C. C. White and Ada Morehead Holland G. Franklin Ackerman
The Storyteller “Cousin Wash” Series, Volume I and II, by Curtis Hunt Gerald Haslam
Songs of my Divided Self, by L. W. Michaelson; Running Lucky, by R. P. Dickey L. L. Lee
The Editor’s Essay Review: Lewis and Clark: Pioneering Naturalists, by Paul Russell Cutright; The American West: A Natural History, by Ann and Myron Sutton; Wild Sanctuaries, Our National Wildlife Refuges—A Heritage Restored, by Robert Murphy, foreword by Stewart L. Udall ; Our Vanishing Wilderness, by Mary Louise and Shelly Grossman and John N. Hamlet; Lost Wild America: The Story of Our Extinct and Vanishing Wildlife, by Robert M. McClung, illustrated by Bob Hines; America’s Endangered Wildlife, by George Laycock; Crisis in Eden: A Religious Study of Man and Environment, by Frederick Elder; Back to Nature: The Arcadian Myth in Urban America, by Peter J. Schmitt; In Defense of Nature, by John Hay; Our Precarious Habitat, by Melvin A. Benarde; Since Silent Spring, by Frank Graham Jr.; America the Raped, The Engineering Mentality and the Devastation of a Continent, by Gene Marine; Open Horizons, by Sigurd F. Olson, illustrations by Leslie Kouba; Wilderness Defender, Horace M. Albright and Conservation, by Donald C. Swain J. Golden Taylor

Summer 1970 (vol. 5, no. 2)

St. Petersburg Re-visited: Helen Eustis and Mark Twain Stuart L. Burns
Roughing It as Retrospective Reporting John DeWitt McKee
Vardis Fisher and Wallace Stegner: Teacher and Student Joseph M. Flora
H. L. Davis: A Bibliographical Addendum Richard W. Etulain
Steinbeck’s “The Leader of the People”: A Crisis in Style Philip J. West
In Defense of “Westering” Robert E. Morsberger
Mark Twain’s Chuck-Wagon Specialties C. Merton Babcock
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Walter Van Tilburg Clark, by Max Westbrook L. L. Lee
Clemens of the “Call”: Mark Twain in San Francisco, edited by Edgar M. Branch Patrick Morrow
The Lion of the Lord: A Biography of Brigham Young, by Stanley P. Hirshson Karl Young
True Grit, by Charles Portis Donald A. Hoglin
Six-Horse Hitch, by Janice Holt Giles Robert A. Roripaugh
The Innocents, by Clyde Ware Benjamin Capps
The Armchair Mountaineer, edited by George Alan Smith and Carol D. Smith John Boni
O-kee-pa: A Religious Ceremony and Other Customs of the Mandans, by George Catlin, edited with an introduction by John C. Ewers Mary Ellen Ackerman
The Editor’s Essay Review: Custer Died for Your Sins, by Vine Deloria Jr.; The New Indians, by Stan Steiner; The Way to Rainy Mountain, by N. Scott Momaday; Sweet Medicine, by Peter J. Powell; Song of the Teton Sioux, by Harry W. Paige; Tanaina Tales from Alaska, by Bill Vaudrin; Indian and White: Sixteen Eclogues, by Winston Weathers; Amerian Indian Medicine, by Virgil J. Vogel J. Golden Taylor

Fall 1970 (vol. 5, no. 3)

Consciousness and Social Order: The Theme of Transcendence in the Leatherstocking Tales Henry Nash Smith
Lost—and Found—in the Wilderness: The Desert Metaphor in Cooper’s The Prairie Merrill Lewis
The American West and the Archetypal Orphan Louie Attebery
Owen Wister’s Lin McLean: The Failure of the Vernacular Hero Neal Lambert
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway Max Westbrook
Shadows of Thunder, by Max Evans Martin Bucco
Ballads of the Great West, edited with commentary by Austin Fife and Alta Fife Louie W. Attebery
Workin’ on the Railroad: Reminiscences from the Age of Steam, edited by Richard Reinhardt G. Franklin Ackerman
Pass of the North: Four Centuries on the Rio Grande, by C. L. Sonnischen, edited by S. D. Myres with map and chapter headings by Jose Cisneros John DeWitt McKee
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Men of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Charles G. Clarke; Battle Drums and Geysers, by Orrin H. Bonney and Lorraine Bonney; A Confederate in the Colorado Gold Fields, by Daniel Ellis Conner, edited with an introduction by Donald J. Berthrong and Odessa Davenport; Tulitas of Torreon: Reminiscences of Life in Mexico, by Tulitas Wulff Jamieson as told to Evelyn Jamieson Payne; Thrashin’ Time: Memories of a Montana Boyhood, by Milton Shatraw; A Place in the Woods, by Helen Hoover; Wyoming Wife, by Rodello Hunter; Pioneer Teacher, by Carrie M. McClain; The Westerners: A Roundup of Pioneer Reminiscences, compiled and annotated by John Myers Myers; Way Out West: Reminiscences and Tales, collected and edited by H. G. Merriam J. Golden Taylor

Winter 1971 (vol. 5, no. 4)

Nature and the Nature of Man in The Ox-Box Incident Robert W. Cochran
Cowboys and Unicorns: The Novels of Walter Van Tilburg Clark Paul Stein
Washington Irving and “The Empire of the West”: An Unacknowledged Review Wayne R. Kime
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Whitewater, by Paul Horgan Max Westbrook
The Gun and the Glory of Granite Hendley, by Ned Conquest Carlos Baker
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Garbriel García Márquez, translated by Gregory Rabassa George R. McMurray
A Novel in the Making: A Collection of Student Themes, and the Novels BLIX and VANDOVER AND THE BRUTE, edited by James D. Hart Max Westbrook
The World and the Parish: Willa Cather’s Articles and Reviews, 1893–1902, selected and edited with a commentary by William M. Curtin Maynard Fox
The Literature of the American West, edited by J. Golden Taylor Gerald Haslam
Alaska Wilderness, by Robert Marshall ed. and the introductions by George Marshall, foreword by A. Starker Leopold; Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative, by David Roberts John Boni
Calked Boots and Other Northwest Writings, by Bert Russell Barbara Meldrum

Spring 1971 (vol. 6, no. 1)

The Outback and the West: Australian and American Frontier Fiction Roy W. Meyer
Western Canada Fiction: Past and Future Rudy Wiebe
Stephen Crane and the Mexican Raymund A. Paredes
Charles L. McNichols and Crazy Weather: A Reconsideration Robert L. Berner
Wallace Thurman: A Western Renaissance Man Gerald Haslam
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner J. S. Bullen
Pike’s Peak, by Frank Waters Thomas J. Lyon
The Mountain, by Donald F. Drummond; Graves Registry and Other Poems, by Keith Wilson; Letter to an Imaginary Friend, Parts I & II, by Thomas McGrath R. P. Dicky
The Golden Thread and Other Plays, by Emilio Carballido, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden Marion F. Hodapp
Colorado: A Literary Chronicle, by W. Storrs Lee Martha Scott Trimble
Peyote, by Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin; The Magic World: American Indian Songs and Poems, by William Brandon Paul Pavich
Living Water, photographs by Ernest Braun, words by David Cavagnaro John Boni
The Editor’s Essay Review: Wells Fargo Detective: The Biography of James B. Hume, by Richard Dillon; Under Cover for Wells Fargo: The Unvarnished Recollections of Fred Dodge; The Marquis de Morès: Emperor of the Badlands, by Donald Dresden; Ambrose Bierce, by M. E. Grenander; The Adventures of Dr. Huckleberry, by E. R. Huckleberry, M. D.; The Last of the Mountain Men, by Harold Peterson J. Golden Taylor

Summer 1971 (vol. 6, no. 2)

Very Much Like a Firecracker: Owen Wister on Mark Twain Ben M. Vorpahl
Owen Wister’s Virginian: The Genisis of a Cultural Hero Neal Lambert
Steinbeck and Ricketts: Escape or Commitment in the Sea of Cortez? Richard Astro
Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck’s Parable of the Curse of Cain William Goldhurst
Paul Horgan: A Bibliography Richard M. M. McConnell and Susan A. Frey
Book Reviews Reviewed By
A Reply to the Headlines, by Martin Robbins; More Collected Poems, by Hugh MacDiarmid; Tree Meditation and Others, by Alan Stephens R. P. Dickey
A Goldenrod Will Grow, by Freya Manfred Max Westbrook
The Color of Dust, by Michael Anania; Mountains in the Wind: An Anthology of Rocky Mountain Poets, edited by L. W. Michaelson and G. B. Morgan; Poetry North, edited by Richard Lyons Martin Bucco
Black Sun, by Edward Abbey Thomas J. Lyon
Arfive, by A. B. Guthrie Jr. Martha Scott Trimble

Fall 1971 (vol. 6, no. 3)

The Big Sky: A. B. Guthrie’s Use of Historical Sources Richard H. Cracroft
“On History and Its Consequences: A. B. Guthrie’s These Thousand Hills David C. Stineback
Structure and Meaning in S. K. Winther’s Beyond the Garden Gate Barbara Meldrum
Late to the Harvest: The Fiction of J. Hyatt Downing Anthony T. Wadden
Man and Animals in “The Indian Well Donald E. Houghton
The Editor’s Essay Review: The Horsemen of the Americas and the Literature They Inspired, by Edward Larocque Tinker; My Dobie Collection, by Jeff Dykes; America’s Last Wild Horses, by Hope Ryden; Rodeo! The Suicide Circuit, by Fred Schnell; The Village Horse Doctor West of the Pecos, by Ben K. Green; Trail of a Wilderness Wanderer, by Andy Russell; Yamsi, by Dayton O. Hyde; The Last Centennial, by Patricia Kilina; The Cowboys, by William Dale Jennings J. Golden Taylor

Winter 1972 (vol. 6, no. 4)

The Book That Would Not Die John Neihardt
Black Elk Speaks: And So Does John Neihardt Sally McCluskey
Tragedy and Western American Literature Levi S. Peterson
A View of the Sublime Awful”: The Language of a Pioneer Donald Zochert
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Closed Frontier: Studies in American Literary Tragedy, by Harold P. Simonson Merrill Lewis
Garden in the Grasslands: Boomer Literature of the Central Great Plains, by David M. Emmons Roy W. Meyer
Alberta Homestead, a Chronicle of a Pioneer Family, by Sarah Ellen Roberts, edited by Lathrop E. Roberts Rudy Wiebe
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, by David J. Saylor; The Tetons and the Yellowstone, by Ansel Adams and Nancy Newhall Thomas J. Lyon
The Mooney Case, by Richard H. Frost; Frame-up: The Incredible Case of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, by Curt Gentry Charles J. Bayard
Beyond the Capes: Pacific Exploration from Captain Cook to the Challenger, 1776–1877, by Ernest S. Dodge Wayne R. Kime
Vandenberg, by Oliver Lange L. L. Lee
The Editor’s Essay Review: Bibliography of Bibliographies in American Literature, by Charles H. Nilon; Bibliographical Guide to the Study of the Literature of the USA, by Clarence Gohdes; Articles on American Literature 1950–1967, compiled by Lewis Leary; A Classified Bibliography of the Periodical Literature of the Trans-Mississippi West: A Supplement (1957–1967) , by Oscar Osburn Winther and Richard G. Van Orman; An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction, 1664–1970, by Newton D. Baird and Robert Greenwood; A Bibliography of the Published Works of Charles M. Russell, compiled by Karl Yost and Frederic G. Renner J. Golden Taylor

Spring 1972 (vol. 7, no. 1)
A Willa Cather Issue

A Lost Lady: The End of the First Cycle Patricia Lee Yongue
Willa Cather and The Professor’s House: “Letting Go with the Heart” David Stouck
Willa Cather’s Southwest Patrick J. Sullivan
A Novelist’s Miracle: Structure and Myth in Death Comes for the Archbishop James M. Dinn
Willa Cather’s Technique and the Ideology of Populism Evelyn J. Hinz
The Bohemian Folk Practice in “Neighbour Rosicky” Cynthia J. Andes
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Black West, by William Loren Katz Philip Durham
Slickrock, by Edward Abbey and Philip Hyde Thomas J. Lyon
Restless Strangers: Nevada’s Immigrants and Their Interpreters, by William S. Shepperson Robert Brainard Pearsall
The San Francisco Earthquake, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts Gerald Haslam
Fire Sermon, by Wright Morris James K. Folsom
Broken Waters Sing, by Gaylord Staveley Mary Ellen Ackerman
Seeing a Bear, by James Taylor Victoria McCabe
The Kid, by John Seelye Ernest L. Bulow
The Light of Common Day: Realism in American Fiction, by Edwin H. Cady James H. Maguire

Summer 1972 (vol. 7, no. 2)

McTeague: The Imagistic Network Suzy Bernstein Goldman
Man and Superwoman in Jack London’s “The Kanaka Surf” Howard Lachtman
Stephen Crane and the Western Myth Robert Glen Deamer
The Incipient Wilderness: A Study of Pudd’nhead Wilson John M. Brand
Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Fight for Popularity and Power Eberhard Alsen
The Use of Military Language in Hamlin Garland’s “The Return of a Private” John H. Irsfeld
Frank Norris’ Literary Terminology: A Note on Historical Context John E. McCluskey
Essay Review:
Larry McMurtry—A Writer in Transition Alan F. Crooks
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Touch the Sun, by Kaye Klem Patrick Morrow
Who Are the Major American Writers? A Study of the Changing Literary Canon, by Jay B. Hubbell James H. Maguire

Fall 1972 (vol. 7, no. 3)

Why Write about the West? A. B. Guthrie Jr.
Jeffers’ “Cawdor” and the Hippolytus Story Robert J. Brophy
An Approach to the Western Poetry of Thomas Hornsby Ferril Jack Scherting
Point of View in “Returned to Say” and the Wilderness of William Stafford Carol Kyle
Charlie Siringo: Reluctant Propagandist Orlan Sawey
Andy Adams and the Real West Barbara Quissell
Folklorists of Texas Martin Staples Shockley
Eugene Cunningham: Realism and the Action Novel Donald G. Pike
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Conversations with Frank Waters, edited by John R. Milton Martin Bucco
All Is But a Beginning, by John G. Neihardt, introduction by Dick Cavett Mildred R. Bennett
The Mighty Sierra, by Paul Webster; The High Adventure of Eric Ryback, by Eric Ryback; Animals of the Artic: The Ecology of the Far North, by Bernard Stonehouse Thomas J. Lyon
Sketches of Early California: A Collection of Personal Adventures, edited by Oscar Lewis and compiled by Donald De Nevi; Mexico and the Old Southwest: People, Palaver, and Places, by Haldeen Braddy; Maverick Tales: True Stories of Early Texas, by Jack D. Rittenhouse Richard N. Ellis
Midwatch, by Keith Wilson; The Old Man and Others, by Keith Wilson; Rocks, by Keith Wilson Kenneth Brewer
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, by Marilyn Durham Ernest L. Bulow

Winter 1973 (vol. 7, no. 4)

Butcher’s Crossing: The Husks and Shells of Exploitation Jack Brenner
The Noble Wicked West of Jean Stafford Sid Jenson
William Allen White’s American Adam Joe L. Dubbert
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The True Memoirs of Charley Blankenship, by Benjamin Capps Edgeley Woodman Todd
Ditch Valley, by Daryl Henderson Richard D. Keller
On the Way to the Sky, by Douglas Kent Hall Thomas Baird
Rolvaag: His Life and Art, by Paul Reigstad Richard W. Etulain
Splendor and Death of Joaquin Murieta, by Pablo Neruda, translated by Ben Belitt Henry Joseph Nuwer
Western American Literature: A Bibliography of Interpretive Books and Articles, by Richard W. Etulain James H. Maguire
Spanish Times and Boom Times: Toward an Architectural History of Socorro, New Mexico T. M. Pearce

Spring and Summer 1973 (vol. 8, nos. 1 & 2)

Back West: Time and Place in The Great Gatsby Barry Gross
Community and Isolation: Some Aspects of “Mormon Westerns” Leonard Arrington and Jon Haupt
Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man as History Leo E. Oliva
The Completeness of Washington Irving’s A Tour on the Prairies Wayne R. Kime
Audience Response to A Tour on the Prairies in 1835 Martha Dula
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Wild Pitch, by A. B. Guthrie Jr. Thomas W. Ford
Diamond Wedding, by Wilbur Daniel Steele Martin Bucco
My Dear Wister—The Frederic Remington–Owen Wister Letters, by Ben Merchant Vorpahl, foreward by Wallace Stegner Robert A. Roripaugh
Jessamyn West, by Alfred S. Shivers Loy Banks
A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West: The Remininscences of Mary Hallock Foote, edited with an introduction by Rodman W. Paul James H. Maguire
In a Hundred Graves: A Basque Portrait, by Robert Laxalt Henry Joseph Nuwer
Journeys to the Far North, by Olaus Murie Thomas J. Lyon

Fall 1973 (vol. 8, no. 3)
A Bret Harte Issue

Bret Harte and the Power of Sex Jeffrey F. Thomas
Jack Hamlin: Bret Harte’s Romantic Rogue Roscoe L. Buckland
Bret Harte, Popular Fiction, and the Local Color Movement Patrick D. Morrow
Bret Harte’s Civil War Poems: Voice of the Majority Jack Scherting
A Reconsideration of Bret Harte’s Later Work Donald E. Glover
Essay Review Reviewed By
Some Old and New Voices in Western Poetry: A Comfort of My Own Finding, by Gordon Elliott Abshire; Varmint Q, by Charles Boer; Signposts, by Roger Hecht; Miss Liberty, Meet Crazy Horse! by Don Jones; Midnight Was My Cry, by Carolyn Kizer Patrick D. Morrow
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Western Writers Series Nos. 1–5, edited by Wayne Chatterton and James H. Maguire: Vardis Fisher, by Wayne Chatterton; Mary Hallock Foote, by James H. Maguire; John Muir, by Thomas J. Lyon; Wallace Stegner, by Merrill and Lorene Lewis; Bret Harte, by Patrick Morrow Martin Bucco
Oliver La Farge, by T. M. Pearce; Indian Man, A Life of Oliver La Farge, by D’Arcy McNickle Karl Young

Winter 1974 (vol. 8, no. 4)

The Pleasures and Perils of Regionalism Paul Horgan
Annual Bibliography of Studies in Western American Literature John S. Bullen
Research in Western American Literature Richard H. Cracroft
Western Literature Association Membership Directory & Newsletter
Index to Volume VIII

Spring 1974 (vol. 9, no. 1)

“Hateful Reality”: The Failure of the Territory in Roughing It Tom H. Towers
Edward Abbey: Western Philosopher, or How to Be a “Happy Hopi Hippie” Tom Pilkington
Frank Waters and the Native American Consciousness Jack L. Davis and June H. Davis
The Territory of the Past in Hoagland’s Notes from the Century Before Ernest L. Fontana
The Turtle or the Gopher: Another Look at the Ending of The Grapes of Wrath Stuart L. Burns
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Zunis: Self-Portrayals, by the Zuni People, translated by Alvina Quam Frank Waters
The Warren Wagontrain Raid, by Benjamin Capps C. L. Sonnichsen
Zane Grey, by Carlton Jackson Delbert D. Wylder
Headwaters, by Sid Marty; Coyote Tantras, by Barry Gifford Kenneth Brewer
The Road, by Jack London, with an introduction by King Hendricks Richard W. Etulain
Pictures of the Journey Back, by Jack Matthews James F. Hoy
John Steinbeck and Edward R. Ricketts: The Shaping of a Novelist, by Richard Astro John Ditsky
Frank Waters, by Thomas J. Lyon H. S. McAllister
Democratic Humanism and American Literature, by Harold Kaplan Max Westbrook

Summer 1974 (vol. 9, no. 2)

Philosophical and Literary Implications in the Historiography of the Fur Trade Don D. Walker
The Big Sky and the Limits of Wilderness Fiction Richard Astro
Hustling to Some Purpose: Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest John Wilson Foster
The Real Vanamee and His Influence on Frank Norris’ The Octopus Charles L. Crow
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Bright Book of Life: American Novelists and Storytellers from Hemingway to Mailer, by Alfred Kazin James H. Maguire
Steinbeck Country, by Steve Crouch Richard Astro
The Old One and the Wind, by Clarice Short Richard C. Poulsen
Americans and the California Dream 1850–1915, by Kevin Starr Philip Durham
D. H. Lawrence: The World of the Five Major Novels, by Scott Sanders Joseph Baim
Hemingway in Our Time, edited by Richard Astro and Jackson J. Benson, with an intro by Jackson J. Benson Edward Stone
The Overland Trail to California in 1852, by Herbert Eaton Richard D. Keller

Fall 1974 (vol. 9, no. 3)

Hemingway’s “Wine of Wyoming” Kenneth G. Johnston
Ambrose Bierce’s “Detestable Creature” Russell Roth
Nathanael West and the Pictorial Imagination Joan Zlotnick
Symbolic Representation in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! Maynard Fox
Ross Macdonald’s Violent California Elmer R. Pry
Thomas Hornsby Ferril: A Biographical Sketch Robert F. Richards
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Rockspring, by R. G. Vliet Robert E. Morsberger
The Comedy of Survival: Studies in Literary Ecology, by Joseph Meeker Thomas J. Lyon
Return of the Virginian, by H. Allen Smith Elton Miles
Travels in Hawaii, by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited and with an intro by A. Grove Day Ben Merchant Vorpahl
Josh Billings, by David B. Kesterson Joseph H. Gardner
Among the Mescalero Apaches: The Story of Father Albert Braun, OFM, by Dorothy Emerson Norman Lederer
Mody Boatright, Folklorist: A Collection of Essays, edited by Ernest B. Speck, foreword by Wayland D. Hand, biographical essay by Harry H. Ransom Richard C. Poulsen
The Time It Never Rained, by Elmer Kelton James V. Holleran
The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard DeVoto, by Wallace Stegner Karl E. Young

Winter 1975 (vol. 9, no. 4)

Tales and Legends in Western American Literature Hector Lee
The Incredible Survival of Coyote Gary Snyder
God’s Country, Las Vegas, and the Gunfighter John Cawelti
Annual Bibliography John S. Bullen
Research in Western American Literature Richard Cracroft
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Okies, by Gerald Haslam Max Westbrook
OSCEOLA: The Unconquered Indian, by William and Ellen Hartley Alan Kishbaugh
Boise State Western Writers Series, no. 1 and nos. 6–10, Wayne Chatterton and James H. Maguire, general editors; Vardis Fisher: The Frontier and Regional Works, by Wayne Chatterton; Thomas Hornsby Ferril, by A. Thomas Trusky; Owen Wister, by Richard W. Etulain; Walter Van Tilburg Clark, by L. L. Lee; N. Scott Momaday, by Martha Scott Trimble; Plains Indian Autobiographies, by Lynne Woods O’Brien Priscilla Oaks
The Buffalo Book: The Full Saga of the American Animal, by David A. Dary Roy W. Meyer
The Man to Send Rain Clouds: Contemporary Stories by American Indians, edited by Kenneth Rosen Levi S. Peterson
Thin Men of Haddam, by C. W. Smith Maynard Fox
Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects, by Christopher D. Stone Paul T. Bryant
Bunch Grass, by Robert Sund Robert F. Richards
Dwellers at the Source, Southwestern Indian Photographs of A. C. Vroman, 1895–1904, by William Webb and Robert A. Weinstein Harold Courlander
The Road to Many a Wonder, by David Wagoner Warren French
To Possess the Land: A Biography of Arthur Rochford Manby, by Frank Waters Martin Bucco
On the Shore of the Sundown Sea, by T. H. Watkins, illustrated by Earl Thollander Kenneth C. Risdon
Uncle Valentine and Other Stories: Willa Cather’s Uncollected Short Fiction, 1915–1929, edited with an intro by Bernice Slote; Willa Cather: A Pictorial Memoir, photographs by Lucia Woods and others, text by Bernice Slote; “Cather Family Letters, 1895,” edited by Paul D. Riley; “What Happened to the Rest of the Charles Cather Family,” by Mildred R. Bennett; “Art and Religion in Death Comes for the Archbishop,” by Mary Ann and David Stouck; “Prospective Focus in My Ántonia,” by Mary E. Rucker; “Willa Cather’s Ironic Masterpiece,” by David C. Stineback James Woodress

Spring 1975 (vol. 10, no. 1)

The Enigma of Amado Jesus Muro Gerald Haslam
The Big Rock Candy Mountain and Angle of Repose Kerry Ahearn
“Half Froze for Mountain Doins”: The Influence and Significance of George F. Ruxton’s Life in the Far West Richard H. Cracroft
Romance or Realism? Western Periodical Literature: 1893–1902 Sanford E. Marovitz
Mary Hallock Foote: A Checklist Richard Etulain
Essay Reviews Reviewed By
Turtle Island, by Gary Snyder Ed Zahniser
Don Bartolomeo, by Jaime de Angulo Barry Gifford
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Tales of Power, by Carlos Castaneda H. S. McAllister
Conversations with Frederick Manfred, moderated by John R. Milton, with a foreword by Wallace Stegner and drawings by Arnold John Dyson George H. Spies
Robinson Jeffers: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol in His Narrative Poems, by Robert J. Brophy Arthur B. Coffin
Anasazi, Ancient People of the Rock, by David Muench and Donald G. Pike Clifford Cahoon
The Last West: A History of the Great Plains of North America, by Russell McKee Jack Hafer
Comanche Days, by Albert S. Gilles Sr. Edwin W. Gaston Jr.
Give Me the Wind, by Jan Jordan John DeWitt McKee
THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN, An Adaptation of Memorable Tales by Charles Sealsfield, by Ulrich S. Carrington Roy F. Hudson
Ulzana, by James R. Olson Brian W. Dippie
The Writer and the Shaman: A Morphology of the American Indian, by Elemire Zolla, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Charles A. Nicholas

Summer 1975 (vol. 10, no. 2)

The Ambivalent Apache C. L. Sonnichsen
Malamud’s Allusive Design in A New Life Paul Witherington
Narrative Voice in Stegner’s Angle of Repose Audrey C. Peterson
Raymond Chandler’s Sentimental Novel Howard Kaye
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Lariat, by Jaime de Angulo Barry Gifford
Western Writers Series nos. 11–15, edited by Wayne Chatterton and James H. Maguire: H. L. Davis, by Robert Bain; Ken Kesey, by Bruce Carnes; Frederick Manfred, by Joseph M. Flora; Washington Irving: The Western Works, by Richard H. Cracroft; George Frederick Ruxton, by Neal Lambert Sanford E. Marovitz
The Hawkline Monster, by Richard Brautigan L. L. Lee
Breakheart Pass, by Alistair MacLean Michael T. Marsden
Voices of Aztlan: Chicano Literature of Today, edited by Dorothy E. Harth and Lewis M. Baldwin James K. Folsom
Handloggers, by W. H. Jackson with Ethel Dassow T. W. Daniel
Tales of California, by Hector Lee John T. Flanagan
Doc Middleton, by Harold Hutton Charles W. Knox
The Forests of the Night, by J. P. S. Brown James W. Lee
Colonel Greene and the Copper Skyrocket: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of William Cornell Greene: Copper King, Cattle Baron, and Promoter Extraordinary in Mexico, the American Southwest, and the New York Financial District, by C. L. Sonnichsen James H. Maguire
Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties, by Vine Deloria Jr. Robert L. Berner
Dog Soldiers, Bear Men and Buffalo Women: The Societies and Cults of the Plains Indians, by Thomas E. Mails R. H. Crapo
Four Masterworks of American Indian Literature: Quetzalcoatl / The Ritual of Condolence / Cuceb / The Night Chant, edited by John Bierhorst Ted. N. Weissbuch
Aurifodina, or Adventures in the Gold Region, by George Washington Peck W. H. Hutchinson
Ring of Bone: Collected Poems, 1950–1971, by Lew Welch, edited by Donald Allen; How I Work as a Poet & Other Essays/Plays/Stories, by Lew Welch, edited by Donald Allen Fred L. Lee
John G. Neihardt, the Man and His Western Writings, the Bancroft Years, 1900–1921, by Fred L. Lee Sally McCluskey
Bright Eyes: The Story of Susette La Flesche, an Omaha Indian, by Dorothy Clarke Wilson Norman Lederer

Fall 1976 (vol. 10, no. 3)

John Muir’s Public Voice Michael P. Cohen
Robinson Jeffers and the Paeon Edward Nickerson
Men, Mice, and Moths: Gradation in Steinbeck’s “The Leader of the People” Max L. Autrey
Large Man in the Mountains: The Recent Work of Richard Hugo Frederick Garber
Ken Kesey: A Bibliography Joseph Weixlmann
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Mexico Mystique: The Coming Sixth World of Consciousness, by Frank Waters Jack L. Davis
Regeneration through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600–1860, by Richard Slotkin Richard W. Etulain
Wise Man’s Gold, by Elsa Gidlow Mary Washington
The Blue Belly of the World, by John Milton Glenn E. Selander
The Milagro Beanfield War, by John Nichols Motley Deakin
The Middle Western Farm Novel in the Twentieth Century, by Roy W. Meyer Stan Nelson
One Time, I Saw Morning Come Home, by Clair Huffaker Robert H. Woodward
Siskiyou Trail: The Hudson’s Bay Fur Company Route to California, by Richard Dillon. The American Trails Series, edited by A. B. Guthrie Jr. Arthur Frietzsche
Coyote’s Bones, by Jaime de Angulo Barry Gifford
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig Eugene Washington
The Man Who Believed in the Code of the West, by George L. Voss William A. Bate
Five Essays on Willa Cather: The Merrimack Symposium Henry Hahn
Sneaky People, by Thomas Berger Robert D. Harper
Publishing in the West: Alan Swallow, edited by William F. Claire Richard Moseley

Winter 1976 (vol. 10, no. 4)

A New Direction (speech given at the acceptance of the 1975 Distinguished Achievement Award) Jack Schaefer
The Bum as Scapegoat in William Inge’s Picnic Philip M. Armato
Western Motifs in the Thrillers of Donald Hamilton Fred Erisman
“The Language of Shamans”: Jermone Rothenberg’s Contribution to American Indian Literature H. S. McAllister
Annual Bibliography J. S. Bullen
Research in Progress Richard Cracroft
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Seven Novelists in the American Naturalist Tradition: An Introduction, edited by Charles Child Walcutt Max Westbrook
Modern Poetry of Western America, anthology edited by Clinton F. Larson and William Stafford Barry Gifford
North Book, poems by Jim Green, illustrations by Nauya Gary Paul Nabhan
White Logic: Jack London’s Short Stories, by James I. McClintock Craig Mishler
The Eskimo Storyteller: Folktales from Noatak, Alaska, by Edwin S. Hall Jr. Craig Mishler
My Blood’s Country: Studies in Southwestern Literature, by William T. Pilkington Delbert E. Wylder
The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey Thomas J. Lyon
George Sessions Perry: His Life and Works, by Maxine Cousins Hairston George D. Hendricks
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: Critical Essays, edited with an overview and checklist by Jackson J. Benson Gregory S. Sojka
A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community, by Janwillem van de Wetering Thomas J. Lyon
So Far from Heaven, by Richard Bradford James V. Holleran
The Grassman, by Len Fulton J. Pyros
A Believing People: Literature of the Latter-day Saints, edited by Richard H. Cracroft and Neal E. Lambert Levi S. Peterson
Coutnry Music, by C. W. Smith; Cry Macho, by N. Richard Nash; Dolly Purdo, by M. M. B. Walsh; I, Tom Horn, by Will Henry; The Terrible Teague Bunch, by Gary Jennings Henry L. Alsmeyer Jr.

Spring 1976 (vol. 11, no. 1)

Frank Norris’s Western Metropolitans Glen A. Love
Realizing “A Whole Oder of Things”: E. W. Howe’s The Story of a Country Town Charles W. Mayer
Journeying as a Metaphor for Cultural Loss in the Novels of Larry McMurtry Janis P. Stout
Joaquin Miller and His “Shadow” A. H. Rosenus
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Willard and His Bowling Trophies, by Richard Brautigan Patrick D. Morrow
The Far Side of the Storm: New Ranges of Western Fiction, edited by Gary Elder Orlan Sawey
Ole Rølvaag, Artist and Cultural Leader, edited by Gerald Thorson Maynard Fox
Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco, by David Lavender Arthur Frietzsche
BIDATO Ten Mile River Poems, by Duane BigEagle Barry Gifford
Charles Olson & Ezra Pound: An Encounter at St. Elizabeth’s, edited by Catherine Seelye Michael Sprinker
An American Bestiary, by Jack Schaefer, illustrated by Linda K. Powell Kit Flannery
Conrad Richter’s America, by Marvin J. LaHood Edwin W. Gaston Jr.
The Selected Poems of Norman Macleod T. M. Pearce
The Mountainway of the Navajo, by Leland C. Wyman, with a myth of Female Branch recorded and translated by Father Berard Haile, OFM Lawrence J. Evers
The Massacre at Fall Creek, by Jessamyn West Kerry Ahearn
The House on Marshland, by Louise Glück Alice Gorton Hart
History of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, by Keith L. Bryant Jr. John T. Smith

Summer 1976 (vol. 11, no. 2)

Jack London’s Agrarian Vision Earle Labor
Jack London as Wolf Barleycorn Jon Yoder
Androgyny in the Novels of Jack London Clarice Stasz
“Rattling the Bones”: Jack London, Socialist Evangelist Carolyn Willson
The Lives of Jack London Richard Etulain
Book Reviews Reviewed By
Harvey Fergusson, by William T. Pilkington John R. Milton
Rivers West, by Louis L’Amour Hank Nuwer
The Hollywood Posse, by Diana Serra Cary Judy Alter
WESTERN WRITERS SERIES nos. 16–20, edited by Wayne Chatterton and James H. Maguire. Frederic Remington, by Fred Erisman; Zane Grey, by Ann Ronald; Stewart Edward White, by Judy Alter; Robinson Jeffers, by Robert J. Brophy; Jack Schaefer, by Gerald Haslam Delbert E. Wylder
The Western Story: Fact, Fiction, and Myth, edited by Philip Durham and Everett L. Jones Louie W. Attebery
Dancers in the Scalp House, by William Eastlake Constance Rooke
A Fair and Happy Land, by William A. Owens George Ewing
The Last Valley, by A. B. Guthrie Jr. Delbert E. Wylder
Northern Lights, by Tim O’Brien; Power, by Richard Martin Stern Robert A. Roripaugh
Sad Dust Glories, by Allen Ginsberg Raymond L. Neinstein
The Grass Roots Primer, edited by James Robertson and John Lewallen Mary Ellen Ackerman
The Wichita Poems, by Michael Van Walleghen Paul T. Bryant
Steinbeck: A Life in Letters, edited byElaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten Robert E. Morsberger
Let ’er Buck! by Douglas Kent Hall James F. Hoy
About Fiction: Reverent Reflections on the Nature of Fiction with Irreverent Observations on Writers, Readers, & Other Abuses, by Wright Morris James K. Folsom
Literature and Ideas in America: Essays in Memory of Harry Hayden Clark, edited by Robert Falk; The Literary Journal in America to 1900, by Edward E. Chielens John T. Flanagan
Waving Arms at the Blind, by W. M. Ransom Gary Nabhan
American Odyssey, by Len Fulton with Ellen Ferber Gary Elder
Lamy of Santa Fe: His Life and Times, by Paul Horgan Max Westbrook
Trails of the Iron Horse, edited by Don Russell G. Franklin Ackerman

Fall 1976 (vol. 11, no. 3)

Wright Morris’s Ceremony in Lone Tree Robert D. Harper
Mark Twain’s Western Sequel to Huckleberry Finn Paul Delaney
The Western as Jadai-Geki Kenneth S. Nolley
Sexual Conflict in The Sea-Wolf Charles N. Watson Jr.
Willa Cather as a Canadian Writer Benjamin George
Book Reviews Reviewed By
The Rhetoric of History, by Savoie Lottinville C. L. Sonnichsen
Prose Ocean, by Gus Blaisdell L. L. Lee
Custer in’76: Walter Camp’s Notes on the Custer Fight, edited by Kenneth Hammer John W. Bailey
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins Constance Rooke
John Muir’s America, by T. H. Watkins, photography by Dewitt Jones; John Muir’s Wild America, by Tom Melham, photography by Farrell Greghan; The Wilderness World of John Muir, edited by Edwin Way Teale Thomas J. Lyon

Winter 1977 (vol. 11, no. 4)

Criticism of the Cowboy Novel: Retrospect and Reflections Don D. Walker
Words and Place: A Reading of House Made of Dawn Lawrence J. Evers
A Dharma Bum Goes West to Meet the East Keith N. Hull
Annual Bibliography Richard E. Keller
Research in Progress Richard Cracroft
Essay Review
Pulp King of the Post Oaks:
The Last Celt: A Bio-Bibliography of Robert Erwin Howard, by Glenn Lord
Dale L. Walker
Book Review Reviewed By
Milk the Wolves, by Frederick Manfred Max Westbrook
Papa, A Personal Memoir, by Gregory H. Hemingway, M.D. Eugene Washington
Waltz across Texas, by Max Crawford Jack Hafer
Terms of Endearment, by Larry McMurtry Roberta Sorensen
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, by Norman Maclean Patrick D. Morrow
Carriers of the Dream Wheel: Contemporary Native American Poetry, edited by Duane Niatum; The First Skin around Me: Poems by Native Americans, edited by Mark Vinz & James L. White; Voices of the Rainbow: Contemporary Poetry by American Indians, edited by Kenneth Rosen Mick McAllister
Pyramids of Sacrifice: Political Ethics and Social Change, by Peter L. Berger Lee Nash
Notes from Custer, by Jim Heynen James R. Hepworth
Death Was the Black Horse, by Dale Walker Howard Lachtman
Yurok Myths, by A. L. Kroeber Roy F. Hudson
The Water of Light: A Miscellany in Honor of Brewster Ghiselin, edited by Henry Taylor Mildred R. Bennett
Mistr Jory, by Milton Bass Jack Hafer
The Sweetwater, by Jean Rikhoff Jack Hafer
Setting in the American Short Story of Local Color, by Robert D. Rhode Richard R. Rasche
And Now We’ll Play a Man’s Game: Montana Stories, by Dean Phelps Kerry Ahearn
The Kingdom or Nothing: The Life of John Taylor, Militant Mormon, by Samuel W. Taylor Richard C. Poulsen

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WLA Conference 2023 -10

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

If you have a news item, please mail it to Sabine Barcatta.

The old Western American Literature office needed to be cleaned out. We would like to make available to a library an almost complete run of journals from 1997 to 2010. We ask that the library pay shipping plus $25 handling. If you know somebody who’d be interested, please pass this message along. Contact: Sabine Barcatta.

CFP: WLA-sponsored panel at the MLA Conference 2015

Literatures of the North American West (MLA, Vancouver, 2015)

Elisabeth Bayley/Western Literature Association
contact email:

Affiliate Organization Session of the Western Literature Association

In continuation of the Western Literature Association 2014 conference theme, we welcome any papers on the literatures of the North American West: possible topics include, border crossings broadly interpreted, first nations/Native American writing, depictions of the cowgirl/cowboy, the storyteller, and settings/ecocritical depictions or interpretations of western writing.

Please send a 300-word abstract to Elisabeth Bayley at
Deadline for Submission is March 7, 2014
cfp categories:
american cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches

Join us for the 54th Annual Conference of the
Western History Association
October 15-18 2014
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa Newport Beach, California
The Deadline for Awards, Advertisements, & Exhibitors is APRIL 1, 2014!

Great Plains Research: Call for Manuscripts

Great Plains Research is a biannual, multidisciplinary, international journal that publishes peer-reviewed research on the natural and social sciences of the Great Plains. The editor is soliciting current manuscripts on important research results and synthetic reviews of critical scientific issues for the Great Plains. At this time page charges are subsidized by the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies, except for the costs of printing color images, which are paid by the author/s. For “Instructions to Authors,” discussion of potential articles, or subscription information, consult the website or the editorial office.

See flyer for more information: GPR Call for submissions 9-08 low res

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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PO Box 880246
Lincoln, NE 68588-0246
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Fax: (402) 472-0463

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Friday, June 11th, 2010

Western American Literature (WAL) is the journal of the Western Literature Association(WLA).

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Friday, June 11th, 2010

Membership Information for Western Literature Association and Western American Literature (WAL).

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Friday, June 11th, 2010

Grads are warmly welcomed. The WLA is proud to be a “graduate-friendly” association, and the yearly meetings have a convivial, encouraging atmosphere where graduate students don’t have to worry about feeling out of place.

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Tables of contents for
Western American Literature

Friday, July 2nd, 2010


We launched a new website in 2018: “Western American Literature Research.” This site aggregates articles that were published in Western American Literature and arranges them by topic. We currently have them arranged by author, and feature the main authors published about in the journal over the past 53 years. In the coming months we will be adding new authors as well as a variety of thematic subjects. You will need to have access to Project Muse, usually thru your university or community library, in order to access the articles. 
Yes, we did copy the author bio blurbs from Wikipedia. But in doing so we added a link to our site on each of the author’s Wikipedia pages, which we hope will help drive traffic to our pages and also make our site content more highly ranked in searches.

If you are interested in using any essays printed in Western American Literature in a course pack for your class, click on the “permissions requests” graphic:

We have compiled all the tables of contents for Western American Literature, from its beginning in 1966 until the present. This compilation allows you to search all our old issues. Due to the length of the document (it includes every book review ever published in WAL!), we had to cut it into several pieces. Sorry for the inconvenience. Nonetheless, we hope you’ll find this a helpful research tool! And please let us know if you come upon spelling errors.


TOC Spring 1966–Winter 1977

TOC Spring 1977–Winter 1985

TOC Spring 1985–Winter 1991

TOC Spring 1991–Winter 2005

TOC Spring 2005–Winter 2010

TOC Spring 2010–Winter 2014

TOC Spring 2014–Spring 2021

TOC Summer 2021-Present


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The Top Ten Great Things about the WLA:

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Grads are warmly welcomed. The WLA is proud to be a graduate-friendly association, and the yearly meetings have a convivial, encouraging atmosphere where graduate students don’t have to worry about feeling out of place.

Grads have got the numbers. The WLA has a significant graduate student contingency. Nearly 20% of its members are graduate students, many of whom are on their way to becoming life-long members.

Grads make professional connections. Students can rub elbows with some of the finest scholars and writers in the field. They can make professional connections that help them during their careers.

Grads make friends. Students can create close personal connections that keep them coming back to WLA year after year. Events like the special graduate student luncheon allow students to get to know each other, and students say they’ve made life-long friends at the WLA.

Grads are in the mainstream. Students are fully integrated into panels and events, instead of relegated to graduate-only events that run separate from the main conference. Often, students have the experience of being placed on panels next to the best scholars in the field.

Grads are represented. In recent years, the WLA has gone to greater lengths to ensure that the graduate student population feels that their professional concerns are being met. A graduate student representative sits on the association’s Executive Council, the governing body that makes decisions related to the conference and the running of the association’s journal Western American Literature.

Grads get career advice. The WLA cares about your academic future. Each conference meeting features at least one roundtable panel session on issues of professional development.

Grads get recognized. Each year the association recognizes excellence in grad student writing by awarding the J. Golden Taylor Award for Best Essay Submitted to the WLA Conference by a Graduate Student and 2 Dorys Crow Grover Awards, outstanding papers that meet the criteria of that year’s conference.

Grads can grow. The WLA fosters intellectual growth, for graduate students and full professors alike, within a supportive environment. Grads get to be part of a lively exchange of ideas within an energetic, dynamic organization.

Grads can have fun. The WLA’s annual conference is held in a variety of locales, so that when participants aren’t attending sessions, they can enjoy everything from fine art museums to spectacular nature trails. Organizers plan a host of events, including field trips, readings from world-renowned writers, a banquet and dance, and an annual comic play written and performed by WLA members themselves.


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Student Representation in the WLA

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Graduate Student Representative
Over the years, more and more graduate students have started attending the annual Western Literature Association Conference. Now every fifth member of the Western Literature Association is a graduate student. Therefore, since 2001, the association’s Executive Council has included a Graduate Student Representative who is elected by the membership at large. Beginning in 2011, two grad student representatives serve on the council. Each graduate student representative serves a two-year term, and a new representative is elected each year.

Each Grad Rep’s responsibilities include:

  • being a voting member of the association’s governing body, the Executive Council, which makes decisions about the conferences and the running of the association’s scholarly journal
  • attending the pre-conference Executive Council meeting to act on behalf of the graduate student membership
  • being an active participant in the yearly conferences and most of their related events
  • organizing and moderating a panel at the yearly conference on some aspect of career and professionalization issues (he or she is usually assisted in this by a regular member of the association).
  • During the second year, the grad rep will be a committee member for selection of the Owens Awards.

If you are interested in submitting your name for nomination as Grad Student Representative, please contact the current WLA president. Note: The Graduate Student Reps are appointed for two years, and the Western Literature Association expects that appointment to be carried out. So please don’t nominate yourself or accept a nomination for Graduate Student Rep if you expect to finish your degree before the end of spring semester of your second year.

Know your current graduate student representatives:

Sarah Jane Kerwin (rep. 2021-2023)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Sarah Jane Kerwin is a PhD candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. She studies early- to mid-twentieth-century American literature, focusing in particular on the US West, settler colonialism, and the environment. Her dissertation explores mobile and temporary relationships with place in western literature, in order to ask how a serious consideration of transience might invite alternative forms of ecological attention. For the time being, she lives in a small town in Colorado. 

Student representative Sarah Jane Kerwin standing in the woods by a babbling brook in Estes Park at the 2019 WLA Conference

Sarah Jane Kerwin in Estes Park at the 2019 WLA Conference


Elizabeth Martinez, rep. 2022–2024

University of Texas at Austin,

Elizabeth Martinez grew up in central Texas and graduated from Rice University with a BA in Sexuality, Women, and Gender Studies and English Literature. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies Mexican American women’s literature with a focus on hospitality and hosting practices and foodways. Her dissertation takes a transhistorical approach, reading the texts of Mexican American women across time to analyze the lack of coherence inherent in the history of this identity.

A photo of grad rep Elizabeth Martinez

Elizabeth Martinez

Past Graduate Student Reps:

Surabhi Balachander, University of Michigan, 2019-2022
Jillian Moore Bennion, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 2018-2021
Jes Lopez, Michigan State University, 2017-2019
Rachel Heise Bolten, Stanford University, 2016-2018
Landon Lutrick, University of Nevada, Reno, 2015-2017
Sylvan Goldberg, Stanford University, 2014-2016
Jaquelin Pelzer, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2013-2015
William V. Lombardi, University of Nevada, Reno, 2012-2014
Ashley Reis, University of North Texas, 2011-2013
Matt Lavin, University of Iowa, 2010-2012
Kerry Fine, Texas Tech University, 2008-2011
Angela Waldie, University of Calgary, 2006-2008
Drucilla Wall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005-2006
Matthew R. Burkhart, University of Arizona, 2003-2005
Anne L. Kaufman, University of Maryland, 2001-2003


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WLA and Modern Language Association

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

As of 2010, the Western Literature Association has affiliate status with the Modern Language Association. What does this mean for WLA? This affiliate status guarantees the WLA to be able to present a panel at each MLA Conference. The first such panel was presented during the January 6-9, 2011, MLA Conference in Los Angeles, California.

The next MLA conventions will take place in Chicago.

If you are interested in participating in a WLA panel at a future MLA Conference, please contact Elisabeth Bayley.

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Student membership in the WLA

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

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 fill in the membership form online.

– or download and fill in WLAMembershipForm (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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Networking on Facebook

Monday, February 1st, 2010

WLA Grad Student Group on Facebook

Would you like a place to network with other WLA graduate students? The icon below links directly to our Facebook group, which will be visible only once you’ve logged in. If you are taken to a login screen, type in your user info and the URL will carry you straight to the group. Then hit “join.” The group is listed as “closed,” so your request will process only after an administrator has approved it. Membership is required to access message boards and wall posts. Join today and share your academic interests with other grad students, post academic inquiries, arrange conference room/ride sharing, and any other thing that you think would supplement your membership in WLA.

Also, feel free to send a Facebook friend request to your Graduate Student Representatives, Jes Lopez and Jillian Bennion.

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Students Attending the WLA Conference

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Submitting a Conference Paper

WLA’s annual conference includes panel sessions where participants read scholarly or creative works related to the literature of western America  and culture. Each paper presentation is allowed approximately 20 minutes (which is about 10 pages of double-spaced text). If you need some instruction on how to write an abstract for a conference paper, check out the details provided here: Conference Abstracts. Please see conference details for the current WLA Conference. If you have any questions regarding these awards, contact the current WLA Presidents.

Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Submitted to the Conference

In 1984, the J. Golden Taylor Award for Best Essay Submitted to the WLA Conference by a Graduate Student was awarded for the very first time to Anne K. Phillips (now associate professor and assistant department head in English at Kansas State University). Named in honor of the first editor of Western American Literature, the Taylor Award is a prestigious award juried by a team of experts in the field and given annually to a work of scholarship submitted for the annual conference. Creative work is not considered for the Taylor; however, creative work may be submitted to the association’s award for best creative writing submission, and graduate student participants have been successful in winning that in the past. To be eligible for the Taylor award, please submit a conference paper proposal by proposal deadline and the complete paper of no more than 15 pages (if your proposal is accepted) in July, asking to be considered for the award.

More information on the submission process and precise deadlines can be found on the awards page.

Note: The award can only be received once.

A few Taylor alumni at the 2009 Conference in Spearfish, SD: Front row: Joshuah O’Brien (2009), Cheryll Glotfelty (1987) [initiator and former editor of the the WLA Syllabus Exchange], Matthew Lavin (2008) [co-editor of the WLA Syllabus Exchange project] Back row: Matt Burkhart (2003) [grad student rep, 2003-05; EC member 2016-19], Nancy Cook (1988) [present WLA Treasurer & 2011 WLA President], Anne Kaufman (1998) [2014 WLA Co-President], Evelyn Funda (1993) [former WAL Book Review Editor]

The Dorys Crow Grover Awards

In 1966, Washington State University graduate student Dorys 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.

One of her doctoral students, Joyce Kinkead, Professor of English at Utah State University, has created the Dorys Grover Award in recognition of her mentor’s dedication to both western American literature and to graduate students. The Dorys Grover Award, in the amount of $200 each, 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 find specifics on submission and deadlines on the awards page.

You may submit your paper to both the Taylor and the Grover Awards (as long as it fits the criteria for the Grover Awards).

Note: The award can only be received once. 

The Louis Owens Awards for Graduate Student Presenters

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.

For current information on how to apply, please check here.

Please forward the information to any graduate student who may be eligible to apply.



Professionalization Panels

In 2007, Grad Rep Angela Waldie organized WLA’s first annual Graduate Student Professionalization Panel, a roundtable panel session in which fellow graduate students and experienced faculty members give brief remarks on career-related issues, and then the session is opened up for discussion among all those attending. Since then, we have sometimes had two Grad Student Professionalization Panels. Past professionalization panels have discussed why graduate students should aim to publish and ways they can do just that, how to maximize your time and effort when writing a thesis or dissertation, ways to conquer the first-time teacher jitters, transitioning from an MA program to a PhD program, and what to expect at your thesis or dissertation defense. To request a topic for the panel to cover, email your graduate student representatives, Jillian Moore Bennion and Surabhi Balachander.


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Editorial Fellowships at Western American Literature

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009


From 1997 to 2013, WLA’s scholarly journal Western American Literature offered graduate students enrolled in the graduate program at Utah State University a competitive stipend and the opportunity for training in the field of academic publishing. Two full editorial fellowships were available every year. See what our former fellows are up to now.

In 2013, the journal moved to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. We hope that fellowship opportunities will become available again in the near future.

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Sunday, June 13th, 2010

This page features calls for papers from any organization that would like our members to know about them. If you have a CFP that you would like to distribute to Western Literature Association members, please submit it to




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Submission Information for Western American Literature

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Western American Literature publishes literary criticism and interdisciplinary work with a literary focus. We invite manuscripts on any aspect of the literature, culture and place-oriented pedagogy of the North American West, including western Canada and northern Mexico. We are especially interested in work that advances the field in new and provocative directions and that engages in a conversation with the latest scholarship in the field.

If unfamiliar with our journal, take a look at recent copies available on Project Muse.

Due to space limitations, WAL will not consider essays more than 35 pages in length, inclusive of endnotes and works cited. Please do not submit an essay that is under consideration elsewhere or that has been previously published.

Essays should be submitted via our online portal, which you can find here:

Do not put your name anywhere on the essay or in a running head, and veil any references to your own work (if applicable) to assure anonymity with the readers. You will need to register with the online portal before submitting, so we will have your personal information in the system keyed to your entry.

Typically, the peer-review process takes 3-6 months, sometimes longer. Please be patient.

NOTE: Your manuscript should follow the new, 8th edition of MLA style. Please use endnotes, not footnotes. Long discursive notes should be avoided and will count toward the page limit.

You are welcome to provide illustrations that are pertinent to your essay. Images should be scanned at 350 dpi or higher and saved as a TIF or EPS file. It is your responsibility to obtain reprint permission for images, for both print and digital formats. (We can provide sample permission forms.) The editors and the publisher reserve the right not to use poor-quality images.

Also, if you are writing about poetry, it is almost certain that you will need to obtain permission to quote from the poems. If you don’t do so ahead of time, be prepared to seek permission immediately should your article be accepted. (Again, we can provide a sample permission form.)

A word to the wise: we receive many submissions on a few authors about whom much has already been written, in particular Cormac McCarthy, Willa Cather, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Please be sure you have something truly new to say about these authors and are familiar with the latest critical studies of their work.

For more details contact the editor, Amy Hamilton.


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Advertising Specifications for Western American Literature

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

We welcome your advertisement in Western American Literature. Please find advertising specifications on the University of Nebraska Press website.

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Gettman at UNP.

Joyce Gettman
Marketing and Fulfillment Manager
Accelerated Publishing & Management
University of Nebraska Press
1225 L Street, Suite 200
Lincoln NE 68588-0630
Ph.: 402.472.8330


Advertising in the WLA Conference Program is handled by the Director of Operations, not by UNP. Please view rates for our conference program here.

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WAL Staff and Editorial Board

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Amy Hamilton, Northern Michigan University, has been editor of WAL since January 2021.

Photo of Editor Amy Hamilton.


Emily J. Rau is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the editor of the Willa Cather Archive and one of the project leads for the Recovery Hub for American Women Writers. Her research explores the intervention of the transcontinental railroad in conceptions of space, place, race, class, identity, and community.


Phoebe Billups, is an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University and WAL‘s editorial fellow. 


José Aranda, Rice University
Neil Campbell, University of Derby, UK
Nancy Cook, University of Montana
Krista Comer, Rice University
Charles Crow, Bowling Green State University
Victoria Lamont, University of Waterloo, Canada
David Rio, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Spain
Susan Shillinglaw, San José State University
Sara Spurgeon, Texas Tech University
Janis Stout, Texas A&M University
Lisa Tatonetti, Kansas State University
Steve Tatum, University of Utah
Nicolas S. Witschi, Western Michigan University




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Western Literature Association Awards

Monday, June 14th, 2010


Distinguished Achievement Award: for an influential scholar in the field of western American literature (creative writer or critic)

Delbert and Edith Wylder Award: for exceptional service to the Western Literature Association by a longtime member

Thomas J. Lyon Book Award: named after a former editor of Western American Literature, this award goes to an outstanding monograph in western literary or cultural studies

Don D. Walker Prize: given to the best journal essay or book chapter from an edited collection in Western North American literary and cultural studies, published during the previous year

J. Golden Taylor Award: named after the first editor of Western American Literature, this award goes to the graduate student who submitted the best paper to the annual conference

Dorys Crow Grover Award: given to a graduate student who submits an outstanding paper that meets the criteria of the current year’s conference

Creative Writing Award: this award goes to the best creative writing submission at the annual conference

Susan J. Rosowski Award: named after a longtime WLA member, this award goes to a generous and caring mentor and teacher in the field of western American literary studies

Louis Owens Awards: provide financial support for diverse and international graduate students to attend the annual WLA conference

WLA/Charles Redd Center K–12 Teaching Award: provides teachers with the opportunity to attend and present at the WLA Conference; sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and the WLA

Composition of Award Committees


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WLA’s Distinguished Achievement Award

Monday, June 14th, 2010


The WLA’s Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

2022Luci Tapahonso
2021No award was given due to rescheduling of the conference to 2022.
2020Juan Felipe Herrera
2020Stephen Graham Jones
2019Leslie Marmon Silko
2018Percival Everett & José E. Limón
2017Rick Shiomi
2016Maxine Hong Kingston
2015LeAnne Howe & Robert Laxalt
2014Connie Kaldor
2013Robert Hass & Louis Owens
2012Richard Slotkin & Joss Whedon
2011Thomas McGuane
2010Luis Valdez
2009Cormac McCarthy
2008William Kittredge and Patty Limerick
2007 Sherman Alexie
2006Terry Tempest Williams
2005Gerald Vizenor and Joan Didion
2004Mary Clearman Blew and Thomas King
2003Sandra Cisneros and José David Saldívar, Ramón Saldívar, and Sonia Saldívar-Hull
2002Annette Kolodny and Alberto A. Ríos
2001Patricia Hampl and Roderick Nash
2000Joy Harjo
1999James D. Houston and Gerald Haslam
1998Rudy Wiebe
1997Rudolfo Anaya
1996Tillie Olsen
1995Robert Kroetsch
1994James Maguire, Wayne Chatterton, and James Welch
1993Tony Hillerman
1992Louise Erdrich
1991Ann Zwinger
1990Elmer Kelton
1989Ivan Doig and Mildred R. Bennett
1988Ken Kesey and Max Westbrook
1987Larry McMurtry and Thomas J. Lyon
1986 Benjamin Capps and Don D. Walker
1985Américo Paredes and William Eastlake
1984Gary Snyder
1983N. Scott Momaday
1982 Thomas Hornsby Ferril
1981Dorothy Johnson
1980Sophus Keith Winther and Bernice Slote
1979Wright Morris
1978Edward Abbey
1977Thomas McGrath
1976William Stafford
1975Jack Schaefer
1974Wallace Stegner and J. Golden Taylor
1973Paul Horgan
1972A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
1971Harvey Fergusson and John G. Neihardt
1970Henry Nash Smith
1969Walter Van Tilburg Clark
1968Frank Waters
1967Frederick Manfred
1966Vardis Fisher

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WLA’s Delbert and Edith Wylder Award for Exceptional Service to the WLA

Monday, June 14th, 2010


Instituted in 1993 and named for a WLA president and two founding members of the association, this award goes to a longtime WLA member for exceptional contributions to the association.

Delbert Wylder was not just a WLA president and founding member of the WLA, but a lifelong contributor to all things WLA, who kept in touch personally with many of the early members. At his memorial, he was described as follows: “Family, friends, books, and wine: these were the four elements of Delbert Wylder. Put them together and you get The Quintessential Deb, a charming, occasionally eccentric combination of humor, warmth, and high spirits.” Deb Wylder himself described his wife, Edith, as “such a pleasure to live with every day” (communication with Dorys Grover, 2000).

In order to nominate someone for the Wylder award, please collaborate with WLA colleagues and solicit at least three detailed letters of support, from students, WLA members, or anyone else who seems appropriate. They can be submitted together or separately to the WLA Awards Coordinator/s. The Awards Coordinator/s will submit the nominations to the Past Presidents and current presidential line, who will make the decision.

Members who have previously won the award will not be considered for a second nomination.

Please send nominations to our Awards Coordinator, Anne Kaufman.

Recipients of the Delbert and Edith Wylder Award for Exceptional Service to the WLA

2022Krista Comer
2021Due to covid-related rescheduling of the 2021 conference, no award was given.
2020Nicolas S. Witschi
2019Susan Kollin
2018Tom Lynch
2017Sara Spurgeon
2016Susan Naramore Maher
2015Nancy S. Cook
2014William R. Handley
2013Melody Graulich
2012Susanne George Bloomfield
2011Ann Putnam
2010Judy Nolte Temple
2009Charles Crow
2008Martin Bucco
2007 Laurie Ricou
2006Phyllis Doughman
2005Gerald Haslam
2004Melody Graulich
2003Robert Thacker
2002Stephen Tatum
2001Susan J. Rosowski
2000James C. Work
1999Ann Ronald
1998Barbara Meldrum
1997Jim Maguire
1996Thomas J. Lyon
1995Glen A. Love
1994George F. Day
1993Helen Stauffer

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Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Fifty-seven years after the founding of the Western Literature Association and Western American Literature, scholarship of the literary West is thriving in both quantity and quality. To honor outstanding, single-author scholarly books on the literature and culture of the American West, the Western Literature Association seeks nominations for the annual Thomas J. Lyon Book Award.


* have a 2022 publication date
* be an outstanding, single-author, book-length study on the literature and culture of the American West

The past presidents of the Western Literature Association sponsor this award and invite you TO NOMINATE A BOOK FOR THIS AWARD.

Readers who want to nominate a book can submit a statement of support to Anne Kaufman by June 1, 2023.

Self-nominating authors and presses, please send books directly to the committee members by June 15: 

Susan Bernardin, Chair
TJLyon Book Award 2023
3035 NW McKinley Drive
Corvallis OR 97330

Jada Ach
TJLyon Award 2023
639 S. 35th Pl.
Mesa AZ 85204

Travis Franks
TJLyon Award 2023
Department of English
3200 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-3200

Nominations are due by June 1, 2023

Please contact Anne Kaufman for any questions you might have regarding this award.


The WLA’s Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies Recipients

2022Audrey GoodmanA Planetary Lens: The Photo-Poetics of Western Women’s Writing
2021Susan NanceRodeo: An Animal History
2020Cathryn HalversonFaraway Women and the Atlantic Monthly
2019Kirby BrownStoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907–1970
2018Richard EtulainErnest Haycox and the Western
2017Priscilla Solis YbarraWriting the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment
2016Susan KollinCaptivating Westerns
2015Lisa TatonettiThe Queerness of Native American Literature
2014Christine BoldThe Frontier Club: Popular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880-1924
2013Annette KolodnyIn Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery
2012Daniel WordenMasculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism
2011Krista ComerSurfer Girls in the New World Order
2010John BeckDirty Wars: Landscape, Power, and Waste in Western American Literature
2009Tom LynchXerophelia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature
2008Robert McKee IrwinBandits, Captives, Heroines, and Saints: Cultural Icons of Mexico's Northwest Borderlands
2007 John-Michael RiveraThe Emergence of Mexican America: Recovering Stories of Mexican Peoplehood in US Culture
2006David Dorado RomoRingside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez 1893-1923
2005Stephanie LeMenagerManifest and Other Destinies: Territorial Fictions of the Nineteenth-Century United States (University of Nebraska Press, 2004)
2004Nathaniel LewisUnsettling the Literary West: Authenticity and Authorship (University of Nebraska Press, 2003)
2003Audrey GoodmanTranslating Southwestern Landscapes: The Making of an Anglo Literary Region (University of Arizona Press, 2002)
2002James M. CahalanEdward Abbey: A Life (University of Arizona Press, 2001)
2001Gary ScharnhorstBret Harte: Opening the American Literary West (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000)
2000Susan RosowskiBirthing a Nation: Gender, Creativity, and the West in American Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 1999)
1999Thomas PilkingtonState of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture (Texas A&M University Press, 1998)
1998Andrew ElkinsThe Great Poem of the Earth: A Study of the Poetry of Thomas Hornsby Ferril (University of Idaho Press, 1997)

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Don D. Walker Prize

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The Don D. Walker Prize is given annually to the best journal essay or book chapter from an edited collection in Western North American literary and cultural studies, published during the previous calendar year (for example, the 2023 winner’s essay will have a publication date of 2022). “Western” in this context is defined broadly and refers to all of North America that historically or critically has been considered “West” as well as to comparative studies of the American West that cross regional or national boundaries.

Nominations are solicited from presses and journals, as well as from individuals. Self-nominations are accepted. The prize selection committee is made up of Western Literature Association members.

The award will be given at the annual Western Literature Association conference. 

It is not necessary to be a member of the association to win the award.

Please submit the essay or article you wish to nominate (preferably by electronic attachment) to the committee chair, Emily Lutenski.

In the event of print submission, please send 5 copies to

Emily Lutenski
Walker Prize Chair
Saint Louis University
Adorjan Hall
3800 Lindell Blvd 131
St Louis MO 63108

Deadline for nominations: June 1, 2023.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Emily Lutenski directly.

Don D. Walker Prize Recipients

2022Krista Comer for “Staying with the White Trouble of Recent Feminist Westerns,” Western American Literature 56.2
2021Joshua Smith for “Uncle Tom’s Cabin Showdown: Stowe, Tarantino, and the Minstrelsy of the Weird West,” in Weird Westerns: Race, Gender, Genre , ed. by Kerry Fine, Michael Johnson, Rebecca Lush and Sara Spurgeon
2020Emily Lutenski for "Dickens Disappeared: Black Los Angeles and the Borderlands of Racial Memory," American Studies
2019Marcel Brousseau for "Allotment Knowledges: Grid Spaces, Home Places, and Storyscapes on the Way to Rainy Mountain, " Native American and Indigenous Studies
2018Jessica Hurley for "Impossible Futures: Fictions of Risk in the Longue Durée," American Literature
2017Christopher Pexa
2016Lori Harrison-Kahan and Karen E. H. Skinazi
2015Joanna Hearne
2014Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue
2013Kay Yandell
2012Kirby Brown
2011Chadwick Allen
2010Hsuan L. Hsu
2009Mark Rifkin
2008Chadwick Allen
2007 Stephen Tatum
2006Janet Dean
2005Susan Bernardin
2004Stephanie LeMenager
2003Susan Scheckel
2002Victoria Lamont
2001Susan Kollin
2000Chadwick Allen
1999Krista Comer
1998Forrest Robinson
1997Gary Scharnhorst
1996Susan K. Bernardin
1995Stephen Tatum
1994Susan Lee Johnson
1993Annette Kolodny
1992Roxanne Rimstead
1991Glen A. Love
1990Lee Clark Mitchell
1987Roger Stein
1986 Margery Fee
1985William Lemon
1984Melody Graulich
1983Robert Roripaugh
1982 Richard Slotkin
1981Anthony Hunt
1980 Forrest G. Robinson
1979Jarold Ramsey

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The J. Golden Taylor Award

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Named in honor of the first editor of Western American Literature, and also one of the Western Literature Association’s founders and presidents, the Taylor Award is a prestigious award juried by a team of experts in the field and given annually to a work of scholarship submitted by a graduate student for the annual conference. Creative work is not considered for the Taylor; however, creative work may be submitted to the association’s Creative Writing Award, and graduate student participants have been successful in winning that in the past (see Creative Writing Award).

To be considered for the Taylor Award, submit a complete, conference-length paper (not exceeding 15 pages) that you will be presenting at the conference with a cover letter indicating that you wish to be considered for the Taylor Award.

Email your submission to Bill Handley, chair of the Taylor Judging Committee with the subject line “TAYLOR AWARD SUBMISSION.”

Deadline for submission: August 1, 2023.

The award consists of a $200 cash prize plus a banquet ticket.

The award will be given during the conference banquet. 

Note: To be eligible for this award, you must be registered as a graduate student at the time of the awards ceremony. 

The award can only be received once. 

The J. Golden Taylor Award Recipients

2022Bowen DuUC Davis
2021Meagan MeylorUniversity of Southern California
2020Surabhi BalachanderUniversity of Michigan
2019Amanda MonteleoneUniversity of Texas at Arlington
2018Travis FranksArizona State University
2017Elena ValdezRice University
2016Jada AchUniversity of South Carolina
2015Jenna HunnefUniversity of Toronto
2014Aubrey Streit KrugUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln
2013Heather DundasUniversity of Southern California
2012Sylvan GoldbergStanford University
2011Christopher MunizUniversity of Southern California
2010Alex YoungUniversity of Southern California
2009Joshuah O'Brien West Texas A&M
2008Matthew J. LavinUniversity of Iowa
2007 Patrick GleasonUniversity of California, San Diego
2006Angela Waldie University of Calgary
2005John Gamber Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
2004Ianina ArnoldUniversity of Idaho
2003Matt BurkhartUniversity of Arizona
2002Laurie Clements LambethUniversity of Houston
2001Virginia KennedyMontclair State University
2000Jenny Emery DavidsonUniversity of Utah
1999Jenny Emery DavidsonUniversity of Utah
1998Anne L. Kaufman
1997Jonathan PittsSUNY-Buffalo
1996Wes Mantooth
1995Phil Coleman-Hull
1994David Mazel
1993Evelyn I. FundaUniv. of Nebraska-Lincoln
1989Nat Lewis
1988Nancy CookSUNY-Buffalo
1987Cheryll Burgess GlotfeltyCornell University
1986 Linda A. Hughson-Ross
1984Anne K. Phillips

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Creative Writing Award

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Instituted in 2001, the Creative Writing Award celebrates the creative writers among our members.

You can submit poetry, short story, memoir, or other creative nonfiction. Please submit the piece that you are planning on reading at the conference (in other words, this is your conference paper).

The award comes with a small stipend.

To be eligible for the award, a piece cannot have been accepted for publication in any form by the submission deadline. 


— You must be a WLA member.

— You must include a statement that your submission has not been accepted for publication at this time.

— Please submit your entry in full length (no longer than 10 double-spaced pages) to with the subject heading “CREATIVE WRITING AWARD SUBMISSION” by August 1, 2023.

Judging Committee:


Recipients of the Creative Writing Award

Year RecipientPiece
2022Lawrence Coates“A Great Man among His People”
2021Melody Graulich"The Magpie"
2020Raul B. Moreno"Sleepier Than Me"
2019Joshua Dolezal"Darkness and Light"
2018Sydney Thompson"Thataway"
2017Cheyenne Marco"Water Signs"
2016Erin Flanagan"The Rule of Threes"
2015Michael Branch"Dark Cliffy Spot: Naming a Place, Placing a Name"
2014Lisa Knopp"Groundwork"
2013No prize was awarded.
2012David Thacker"The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness and Other Poems"
2011Doreen Pfost"Trailing Consequences"
2010Liz Stephens"Ten Years I'll Never Get Back"
2009Denice Turner"Shadow Legacy"
2008J. J. Clark“As Is”
2007 Joshua Dolezal“Selway by Headlamp”
2006Russ Beck“When I Believe in Faith”
2004Terre Ryan“In the Name of the Bomb: Confessions of a Cold War Catholic Kid”
2003Laurie Clements Lambeth“Fluid on the Brain”
2002Michael L. Johnson“Southwestern Afllatus”
2001Lee Ann Roripaugh“‘Mitten Springs’ and Other Poems Searching for Home: Japanese Americans in the American West”

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The Susan J. Rosowski Award

Monday, June 14th, 2010


This award was instituted by the WLA Executive Council in 2005 and was given for the first time at the 2006 WLA Conference in Boise. It is awarded every other year (in even years).

The Susan J. Rosowski Award recipients

2022No award given.
2020No award given.
2018No award given.
2016William R. Handley
2014Evelyn I. Funda
2012Melody Graulich and Annette Kolodny
2010Cheryll Glotfelty
2008Susan Naramore Maher
2006James H. Maguire

Susan Rosowski (1942–2004), long-time WLA member and University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Adele Hall University Professor, epitomized what it means to be a generous and caring mentor and teacher. While her service to the Association and to Cather studies on a national level was exemplary and her scholarship (The Voyage Perilous [1986] and Birthing a Nation [1999]) was singular and remains widely used, Sue is best remembered as a teacher and mentor of unparalleled quality.


Nominating Procedure:

In order to nominate someone for the Rosowski Award, please collaborate with WLA colleagues and solicit at least five separate letters of support, from students, WLA members, or anyone else who seems appropriate. Letters should address the nominee’s long-standing support of WLA members, as well as graduate students. They might address service in WLA that benefits graduate students; evidence of mentoring younger colleagues; information about support letters written; number of students who have become involved in WLA’s curriculum development; pedagogical publications, etc. Please submit materials in one packet to the WLA Awards Coordinators, who will keep track of the files.

Once nominated, the candidate remains in the pool of nominees for two award cycles. However, members who were nominated prior to the previous award cycle may be re-nominated. Members who have previously won the award will not be considered for a second nomination.

Nominations or questions about the award may be addressed via email to Anne Kaufman, Awards Coordinator.


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The Louis Owens Awards for Graduate Student Presenters at WLA Conferences

Monday, June 14th, 2010

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. Since its inception in 2004 through an anonymous donation and with the help of yearly donations from our members, 32 scholarships have been awarded so far.



The monetary amount of this year’s scholarships: TBA.

If you are interested in applying for this award, submit a paper proposal for participation in the conference. If your paper is accepted, you can then submit the award application materials via Google Forms:

Application deadline: August 1, 2023

If you are awarded one of the Owens stipends, you are expected to attend most of the conference. Please see conference details for the 2023 WLA Conference. 

If you have any questions regarding the Owens Awards, please contact  Prof. Lydia Heberling, Chair of the Owens Committee.

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Originally named the Minority Student Award

2004:  JOSHUA SMITH, University of Southern California

2005:  JESSICA BREMMER, University of Southern California

    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

2015: SHANE JOSEPH WILLIS FRANKIEWICZ, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

   LORENA GAUTHEREAU, Rice University

   JULIE WILLIAMS, University of New Mexico

2016: MIKA KENNEDY, University of Michigan

   MARIA MACKAS, Georgia State University

   HO’ESTA MO’E’HAHNE, University of Southern California

2017: LAURA DE VOS, University of Washington

           NADHIA GREWAL, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

2018: LYDIA HEBERLING, University of Washington-Seattle

           TISHA REICHLE, University of Southern California

           BERNADETTE RUSSO, Texas Tech University

2019: MARIA ALBERTO, University of Utah

           SURABHI BALACHANDER, University of Michigan

2020: No awards were given.

2021: No awards were given.

2022: TACEY ATSITTY, Florida State University

           DOMINIC DONGILLI, Goldsmiths University of London

           LAUREN WHITE, University of Southern California

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Note: Our 2018 award recipient, Lydia Heberling, is this year’s award committee chair! She is now an assistant professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Meet one of our Owens Recipients: Lydia Heberling (2018)

Photo of Lydia Heberling

The Western Literature Association is truly one of the most welcoming professional organizations for graduate students entering the field of Western literary studies. WLA faculty are generous with their mentorship, feedback, and encouragement, and the graduate student cohort is deeply collaborative and supportive. I have been energized and encouraged by the vibrant exchange of ideas and collaborative spirit I found in the WLA since I first attended in Reno, Nevada, in 2015.

It is through the generous support of the Louis Owens Award committee that I was able to attend the 2018 conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and present work on reimagining 17th and 18th century Spanish missions in California as Indigenous hubs of resistance. This work in progress examined the rich mixed-media, mixed-genre book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2013) by Chumash and Costanoan Ohlone-Esselen writer Deborah Miranda, which reframes dominant narratives about Indigenous erasure in California. The WLA is particularly supportive of work in the field of American Indian and Indigenous literary studies, and I am so grateful that awards such as the Louis Owens Award exist to support work by Indigenous scholars and scholars of color in this field. 

Through the WLA I have made several lasting friendships and connections that will continue to shape my professional work and enrich my personal life. At WLA conferences I have had the immense pleasure of interacting with scholars such as Krista Comer, Lisa Tatonetti, Susan Bernardin, Joanna Hearne, Jenn Ladino, and Kirby Brown. The WLA is a fantastic space for emerging scholars to develop work in any area of Western literary and cultural studies. 

~Lydia Heberling, University of Washington (2019)

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Instructions for Peer Reviewers

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This page is meant to provide instructions for individuals who have recently agreed to serve as a peer reviewer for an essay submitted to Western American Literature.

To request inclusion on our reviewer database, please e-mail us.

Download a Micrsoft Word version of our essay evaluation form, or download the form in rtf format.

Thank you for your willingness to do some reading for Western American Literature. We appreciate your willingness to share your time and expertise.


We often send essays to two readers, one a “general” reader in western literature and one an expert on the subject under discussion. We would like to publish essays accessible and interesting to both audiences.

Our essay evaluation form provides only general suggestions for the kind of response we’d like. If possible, we prefer typed responses rather than handwritten ones because they are easier to excerpt for the writer. Feel free to send your response by email to Amy Hamilton, Editor. You do not need to return the manuscript unless you write on it, which you are certainly free to do; in that case, we will return it to the author. Do please dispose of the manuscript when you’re done with your review.

We try to respond to submissions within a two-month period so, if possible, we would like our reviewers to respond within a month. Of course we understand the ups and downs of academic schedules and will understand if readers take a bit longer. If we don’t hear from you in six weeks, we will send you a reminder.

In the past year or so, Western American Literature has received several reviews with harsh phrasing, which often include a note asking, “please do not send any wounding words.” We appreciate that desire and try to avoid sending overly negative reviews. But it’s very difficult to summarize reviews without resorting to not-very-useful general terms. It’s helpful to the journal if you can provide wording that can be readily excerpted.

Thanks again for your help.

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Book Review Information for Western American Literature

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Book Review Editor: Kyle Bladow. You can reach him at


How to Become a Reviewer for Western American Literature
Would you like to review?

If you have a general interest to review for Western American Literature, we encourage you to join the Western Literature Association so that your name and scholarly interests will be on file when we search our database for possible reviewers. If you are already a member and would like to review in a specific area, you can contact the journal and we will see if we have any works in your area in our current collection of active books.

Do you know of a book you’d like to review?

The field of western American literature has become so rich and wide-spread that it is impossible for us to keep up with everything that is happening, and so, in part, we do depend on members and scholars in the field letting us know when interesting, new works are published (we only consider books published within the last year or so). If you know of a new book that might be of interest to our readers and you would like to review it, please do not send completed reviews. Instead, please query us <> with the name of the book, a brief description suggesting why it would interest our readers, press information (if possible), and a brief sense of your writing credentials (if you are not an active member of the Western Literature Association). We will contact you soon with a “go ahead” and information for writing the review, if the book meets our needs and isn’t already being reviewed by someone else. Reviewers get a free review copy of the book and a PDF of their published review.

Short Review Guidelines

Our hope is that, in addition to giving a summary of thesis or plot, your review will demonstrate how the work(s) under review reflect(s) themes or issues important in the study of western American literature. Book review length is typically 500–700 words per assigned book, though we sometimes publish multiple reviews, which run longer. Please do not exceed the suggested length by more than a small amount as doing so requires us to heavily edit your review. We have fairly strict space limitations for each issue of the journal.


Due dates are typically two months from the time the book is sent to you. We will send a reminder shortly after the deadline. We can be flexible on due dates, especially if we know beforehand that there may be a scheduling conflict. However, we are trying to reduce the amount of time that elapses between when we receive a book and when the review appears; your adherence to deadlines will facilitate this effort. Also, unless other arrangements have been made, if a review is more than six months overdue we will presume it is not being done and will cancel it.


Please begin your review with a heading, in bold, that includes the following bibliographical information in this format:

Kim R. Stafford, Lochsa Road: A Pilgrim in the West. Lewiston, ID: Confluence Press, 1991. 84 pp. Hardcover, $40; paper, $8.95.

Ralph Salisbury, So Far So Good. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2013. 274 pp. Paper $19.95; e-book, $10.

Please list all formats in which the book is available—hardcover, paper, e-book—and relevant prices, as shown. You may need to consult the publisher’s website for this information.

At the end of the review, put your name (normal font) and affiliation (in italics) flush right like this:

Jane Doe
Podunk State College

We prefer reviews to be as copy-ready as possible. We can convert variations on these formats, but it takes additional time. Based on the University of Nebraska Press’s guidelines, this means:

  • Italics (not underlining) for book titles
  • 1-inch margins
  • 2.0 spacing throughout
  • Left justification
  • Prose quotations (four lines or longer) and quotations from poetry (two lines or longer) are indented as block quotes.

If you wish to quote from the book, please use MLA style as follows: “a quote from the book” (172). When quoting from poetry, give the line number(s), not the page number.

Please send your review as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format to Signal “book review” in the subject line.

Authors and Publishers

If you have a book you believe is an important contribution to the field of western American literature, and you would like us to consider reviewing it, send a copy to

Western American Literature
Attn.: Book Reviews
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette MI 49855

We cannot, of course, guarantee that it will be reviewed; but we will certainly give it due consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bladow at


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Meet Former WAL Fellows

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Josh Anderson
Angela Ashurst-McGee
Alan Barlow
Matt Burkhart
Diane Bush
Vanessa Hall
Matthew Lavin
Jaquelin Pelzer
Pamela Pierce
Jacoba Mendelkow Poppleton
Sarah Rudd
Brett Sigurdson
Sarah Stoeckl
Sarah Vause
Angela Waldie





Angela Ashurst-McGee, 1997/98. Angela began work at the journal as the first-ever Thomas J. Lyon Fellow three months before her second son, Logan, was born.Since Angela’s fellowship was set up only for one year, she then taught composition at USU. She became the Assistant Director of Writing for English 1010 and helped plan the following year’s composition curriculum and train new instructors.

She has worked as a freelance editor and then as the associate editor of the Joseph Smith Papers Series. [You see, those editorial skills do come in handy after all sometimes!] She is now a certified professional resumé writer und the founder and president of Red Rocket Resumé.

A few words from Angela: “My experience at Utah State University was almost uniformly positive. I got a good education taking good classes from good teachers. Faculty members were uncommonly friendly and willing to give advice and act as mentors. The English department treats its master’s students like colleagues and professionals rather than peons; comp teachers and editorial fellows work alongside faculty and participate in department decision-making.”

Angela with sons Logan and Roscoe and husband, Mark. We understand there are 6 children now.

Vanessa Hall, 1998-2000.Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University in 1998. She then served as the first two-year fellow at Western American Literature.

Purdue University awarded her an Andrews Fellowship to pursue a PhD. Her major field is contemporary American literature and her minor fields are labor history and women’s studies. Her research and teaching interests also include gender and class in literature and culture, Native American literature, and western American literature. Her dissertation is a cultural biography of Raymond Carver.

In the fall of 2007, Vanessa was the first one of our editorial fellows to finish her PhD and become a professor of English. She took a position at the New York City College of Technology in downtown Brooklyn. After the birth of her third child, she decided to retreat to the Poconos, where baby #4 was born.

Vanessa, 2000
Vanessa and daughter Sophia, 2006


Sarah Rudd, 1999-2001. Sarah grew up in Salt Lake City and Mexico. She moved back to the Salt Lake City area, where she now works as a realtor. Sarah still thinks folklore rules and she contributed to a book on the history of folklore in Utah. The title of her contribution is “Utah Latino Folklore Studies.”

Sarah with her husband, Aaron,
and their daughter, Kelsey, in 2002.
Kelsey, Sarah, Aaron, and Caleb in 2006.


Matt Burkhart, 2000-2002. Matt grew up somewhere around Chicago, came to us from Missoula, and has now acquired a PhD from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He presently teaches at Case Western Reserve. His research focuses on western American studies, especially Native American and environmental literature. He won the J. Golden Taylor Award for best paper submitted to the WLA Conference in 2003. From 2003-2005 he served as the graduate student representative on the WLA Executive Council. In 2016, he returned to the Executive Council for another 3-year term.

Matt and Denali before their departure from Logan, 2002.
Matt at the 2007 WLA Conference
in Tacoma, Washington

Alan Barlow, 2001-2003. Alan grew up in southern Utah and has a BA from Utah State University. His computer skills were indispensable in our office. After getting his master’s degree in English, he earned a master’s degree in Management and Human Resources at Utah State University and then served as Director of Human Resources at Wilderness Quest in Monticello, Utah. He was the Chief Compliance Officer and Human Resources Director for the Tule River Indian Health Center in Porterville, California, before moving to Fort Yates, North Dakota. He is now CEO at Kewa Pueblo Health Corporation in New Mexico.

Alan with his first son’s
cradleboard, spring 2002.


Angela Waldie, 2002-2004. During her tenure as Graduate Student Representative to the WLA Executive Council, Angela started a professionalization panel for graduate students who attend the WLA Conference. In 2006, she was the recipient of the J. Golden Taylor Award for best graduate student paper submitted to the WLA Conference. In 2012, Angela received her PhD from the University of Calgary. When not reading, researching, or teaching, Angela can be found exploring the hiking trails and hot springs of the Canadian Rockies, writing poetry, weaving, practicing yoga, or salsa dancing.

Angela in Logan, 2004
Melody Graulich presenting
Angela with the J. Golden
Taylor Award in Boise, 2006


Sarah Vause, 2003-2005. Sarah has a BA from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she grew up. She is now teaching classes at Utah State University and Weber State University. She is still running and hiking in the beautiful mountains of Utah. She is co-director of the National Undergraduate Literature Conference at Weber State University.

Sarah in WAL office, 2004

Matthew Lavin, 2004-2006. Matt came to us from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, where he also worked for a newspaper before going back to graduate school at USU.  In 2008, Matt was the recipient of the J. Golden Taylor Award for best graduate student paper presented at the WLA Conference. For 2011 and 2012, Matt served as a graduate student representative on the Executive Board for the Western Literature Association. In 2012, he received his PhD from the University of Iowa. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, he is now the associate program coordinator of “Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century” at St. Lawrence University. Crossing Boundaries is a Mellon initiative dedicated to crossing the divide between private and public knowledge, the classroom and the wider community, real and virtual media for communication and communing with others by using digital technologies both in and outside the classrooms.

Matt in WAL office, 2005
Matt at the WLA Conference
in Boulder, 2008

Sarah Stoeckl, 2005-2007. Sarah grew up in Salt Lake City. She was awarded the WAG Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for writing the best MA thesis across all departments at Utah State University. In 2012, she received her PhD from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Sarah in WAL office, 2005
Sarah at the end of her
fellowship in 2007

Jacoba Mendelkow Poppleton, 2006-2008. Jacoba now diligently (maybe?) works on her own writing, and she certainly will never be able to resist a beautiful pair of shoes.

Jacoba as a first-year editorial fellow, 2006  

Diane Bush, 2007-2009. After her graduation, Diane took an editorial position with another academic journal, the Western Historical Quarterly. Her obsession with the Donner Party continues. Or does it? She now enjoys living in a remote area in Colorado.

Diane Bush


Pamela Pierce, 2008-2010. Pamela went on to study library science at Indiana University Bloomington, where she also worked at a journal titled Language@Internet. She then worked as a Retention Specialist at a Washington, D.C. area non-profit that helps former foster youths in graduate college. She then became the Digital Library Coordinator at the Theodore Roosevelt Center. She now holds a position with the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. The Portland life suits Pam!

Pam and Rocky in 2014

Pam and Rocky in 2014


Brett Sigurdson, 2010-2011. Brett loves to teach and write. He moved back to the East Coast, where he was editor of THE CHARLOTTE NEWS in Vermont. Most recently, he was working on his PhD at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Brett with his dog, Miles Davis, 2010.

Jaquelin Pelzer, 2010-2012. Jaquelin is pursuing a PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and she was one of the graduate student reps on the Executive Council for the Western Literature Association for 2013-2015.

Jaquelin with her dog Macy in 2010.


Josh Anderson, 2011-2013. Josh went on to get a PhD from Ohio State University, focusing on US ethnic and postcolonial literature with an emphasis on American Indian and working-class literature of the US West. He is now an assistant professor at the University of St. Joseph in Connecticut.

Josh, at home in North Dakota for a wedding in 2013, posing with WLA Grain.

Josh, at home in North Dakota for a wedding in 2013, posed in front of WLA Grain storage.

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