• Testimonials

    The resolute but congenial atmosphere of the WLA has set the tone for my approach to teaching and scholarship, and established my regard for active service to my institution and the profession.
    William V. Lombardi, 2017
    Grad student rep 2012–2014, Crow Grover Award recipient 2015, and EC Member 2016–2019


Western Literature Association Officers

Jennifer LadinoCo-PresidentUniversity of Idaho
Amanda ZinkCo-PresidentIdaho State University
Billy StrattonPresident ElectUniversity of Denver
Kalenda EatonVice PresidentUniversity of Oklahoma
Audrey GoodmanCo–Past PresidentGeorgia State University
Lisa TatonettiCo–Past PresidentKansas State University
William R. HandleyExec. SecretaryUniversity of Southern California
William R. HandleyTreasurerUniversity of Southern California
Amy HamiltonEditor, WAL Northern Michigan University
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
José Aranda2024Rice University
Kirby Brown2024University of Oregon
Jenna Hunnef2024University of Saskatchewan
Emily Rau2024University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Elizabeth Martinez2024Grad student rep, University of Texas at Austin
Susan Bernardin2025Oregon State University
James Cox2025University of Texas at Austin
Celina Osuna2025Arizona State University
Dominique Vargas2025California Lutheran University

  • 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/