• Testimonials

    I can't overstate the importance of WLA to my career. I felt so welcomed as a graduate student that WLA has become my intellectual home.
    Nancy Cook, 2007
    Taylor Award recipient 1988, repeat EC Member, WLA President 2011, and Treasurer since 2014


Western Literature Association Officers

Audrey GoodmanCo–PresidentGeorgia State University
Lisa TatonettiCo–PresidentKansas State University
Jennifer LadinoCo–President ElectUniversity of Idaho
Amanda ZinkCo–President ElectIdaho State University
Kerry FineCo–Past President Arizona State University
Rebecca LushCo–Past President California State University San Marcos
William R. HandleyExec. SecretaryUniversity of Southern California
William R. HandleyTreasurerUniversity of Southern California
Amy HamiltonEditor, WAL Northern Michigan University
April Anson2022San Diego State University
Travis Franks2022Utah State University
Cathryn Halverson2022Minot State University
Mike Lemon2022Texas Tech University
Surabhi Balachander2022Grad student rep, University of Michigan
Jada Ach2023Arizona State University
Sylvan Goldberg2023Colorado College
Alex Hunt2023West Texas A&M University
Amaia Ibarraran2023University of the Basque Country
Sarah Jane Kerwin2023Grad student rep, University of Michigan
Joshua Anderson2024University of Saint Joseph
José Aranda2024Rice University
Kirby Brown2024University of Oregon
Jenna Hunnef2024University of Saskatchewan

  • Western Literature Association (WLA)

    Founded in 1965, the Western Literature Association (WLA) is a non-profit, scholarly association that promotes the study of the diverse literature and cultures of the North American West, past and present.

  • Western American Literature (WAL)

    (The Journal)

    Published by the Western Literature Association, Western American Literature is the leading journal in western American literary studies.

  • Black Lives Matter

    The Western Literature Association (WLA) is in solidarity with Black communities, after the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the ongoing pattern of systemic racism and injustice that targets black and brown bodies. ...http://www.westernlit.org/black-lives-matter/