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 . . .
Poet Judith Minty died on November 29, 2017. Among her many awards and honors was the 1998 Mark Twain award. Read the obituary here.
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New award . . .
The David D. Anderson Award for Outstanding Essay in Midwestern Literary Studies will be presented for the first time at the May 2019 SSML Symposium. It recognizes and honors a scholarly essay that makes a substantial contribution to exploring ideas, authors, and places related to Midwestern literature. The awardee will receive a $1,000 prize and give a plenary talk at the 2019 symposium. More information can be found here.
Mark Twain & MidAmerica awards . . .
The 2018 Mark Twain Award was presented to Tim O’Brien on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 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 (Going after Cacciato). A Minnesota native and graduate of Macalester College, he has published six books set in the Midwest, which include The Things They Carried, a critically acclaimed collection of semi-autobiographical, interrelated short stories inspired by his experiences in Vietnam. Read more about O’Brien on Facebook or here.
The 2018 MidAmerica Award for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern Literature was 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 Review, North Dakota Quarterly, among others.
Writing prize endowed . . .
Long-time member and SSML benefactor, the late David Diamond has provided support in his will for the David Diamond Student Writing Prize is now awarded at the level of $1,000.
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The Latest . . .
At the 2019 Symposium, SSML will present the Mark Twain award for distinguished contributions to Midwestern literature to Bonnie Jo Campbell. Read a recent interview here and a review here. The MidAmerica award for outstanding contribution to scholarship in Midwestern studies will be presented to Dr. Christian Knoeller, of Purdue University. See his most recent scholarship here.