2016 conference details below.

Tom Lynch
Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Editor, *Western American Literature*
Department of English
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University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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From: Linda Karell <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 9:57 PM
Subject: [Wlamembers] WLA 2016 Awaits!
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Cc: Jeff Lynch <[log in to unmask]>, "Branch, Kirk" <
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Hello Lovely WLA Members,

*Very shortly*, once I'm sure ConfTool is up and running correctly with
updated keywords, I'll be sending out a longer email with detailed
information for submitting your proposals for the 2016 Western Literature
Association Conference in Big Sky (September 21-24).  *Remember that the
deadline for all proposals is JUNE 1, 2016.*

(Don't try to submit proposals quite yet, but do be thinking about your
proposal.  Registration information will follow somewhat later in June,
after proposals have been accepted, and will provide you with links to the
hotel, discounted airfare information, shuttle information, and whatnot.)

If you're wavering about joining us at the conference, please see the
website for the original CFP and a lengthier description of conference
highlights:  (Bookmark the
website for the quickest access to updated information.) Here's a quick
rundown of a few of the many pleasures of WLA Big Sky 2016:

--Our opening event will be the screening of *Winter in the Blood*,
followed by a discussion with directors Andrew and Alex Smith and actor
Lily Gladstone.

--Our Distinguished Achievement Award Winner, Maxine Hong Kingston will
receive her award and present a talk.

--We'll have a range of panels and presentations on Native American
literature(s) and writers as part of the conference's cross-over WLA and
English Education events.

--There will also be featured critical and creative writing plenaries to
suit the many interests of our members.  Some of the highlighted writers
and critics include Rick Bass, Zach Bean, Glen Chamberlain, Frances McCue,
Mandy Smoker Broaddus, and Michael Cobb.

--A guided day-trip to Yellowstone Park on Saturday is in the offing.

--Alan Weltzien will lead the hardy and nature-hungry amongst you on a hike
on Saturday.

--We're working on something new and different--and more welcoming and
affordable for all participants--for what was known as the Past President's
Lunch. Details to come.

--The Spa at Big Sky tells me they will be open during our conference
dates, and I am thinking as well of having my masseuse from Bozeman take
appointments on Friday and Saturday (no jokes here--I have to keep myself
together somehow!)  She'll provide in-room massages, and she is truly
excellent and considerably less expensive than the featured spa.  (Email me
if you think you might be interested so I know if I should pursue this.)

More later,

Linda K. Karell
Associate Professor
Department of English
2-176 Wilson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT  59717
fax:  406-994-2110

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