Welcome . . .

SSML encourages the study of Midwestern literature and culture in whatever directions the insight, imagination and curiosity of its members may lead.

2017 writing prize winners . . .

Hot off the presses — the annual writing prizes from presentations at the most recent SSML Symposium have been announced. Find out who won by clicking here.

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.

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.)

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The Latest . . .

The 2018 Mark Twain Award will be presented to Tim O’Brien on Friday, May 18, 2018, at SSML’s  awards luncheon as part of the 48th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. O’Brien is a Vietnam veteran and a National Book Award winner for Going after Cacciato. A Minnesota native and a graduate of Macalester College, he has published six books set in the Midwest, which includes The Things They Carried,  a critically acclaimed collection of semi-autobiographical, interrelated short stories inspired by his experiences in the Vietnam War.

The 2018 MidAmerica Award for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern Literature will be presented to Donald A. Daiker at SSML’s awards luncheon. Dr. Daiker is professor emeritus of Miami University (Ohio) and the inaugural recipient of Miami University’s Honors and Scholars Medallion. He is the author of ten books; his most recent scholarship focuses on the work of Ernest Hemingway and has been published in MidAmerica, The Hemingway Review, Middle West ReviewNorth Dakota Quarterly, among others.

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