Welcome . . .
SSML encourages the study of Midwestern literature and culture in whatever directions the insight, imagination and curiosity of its members may lead.
Sad news . . .
We are so sorry to have lost long-time member Jim Seaton on March 30, 2017, and we send condolences to his wife, another long-time member, Sandra. You can read his obituary and leave a message online here.
Deadline extended . . .
. . . for proposals for the SSML-sponsored session at M/MLA in Cincinnati. Go here for more details.
Volume 2 is here . . .
Dictionary of Midwestern Literature Volume 2 is finished, at 1,057 pages. Indiana University Press has it available now, as does Amazon.com. Learn more.
Writing prize endowed . . .
Long-time member and Society benefactor the late David Diamond has will $25,000 to be used in support of the David Diamond Student Writing Prize awarded annually for a work presented at each year’s Symposium. (Read David Diamond’s obituary.)
. . . and find more notices of recent publications, conferences, and calls for papers.
The Latest . . .
The 2017 Mark Twain Award will be presented to Gloria Whelan at the annual Symposium in June. Known primarily for her work in children’s and young adult fiction, Whelan has also written short stories, novels, and poems. A native of Michigan, many of her works are set within the state and region. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Juvenile Fiction Award from the Society for Midland Authors, Michigan Author of the Year, and four Pushcart nominations.
The Society presents the MidAmerica Award for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern literature. In 2017, the award will go to Steven Trout, chair of the English Dept. at University of South Alabama. He specializes in literary modernism, war literature, and American cultural studies, has published extensively on Willa Cather and Ernest Hemingway, and on other Midwesterners such as John Steuart Curry.