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SSML encourages the study of Midwestern literature and culture in whatever directions the insight, imagination and curiosity of its members may lead.
Long-time member and past president of SSML Peggy Rozga has been named Poet Laureate of Wisconsin for a two-year term, through 2020. Read more about it here.
2019 Anderson Award . . .
. . . The winner of the David D. Anderson Award for Outstanding Essay in Midwestern Literary Studies for 2019 is Mollie Godfrey, for her article in Arizona Quarterly. She delivered the keynote at the 2019 Symposium in May. Read more about the award here.
Winners of the 2018 writing prizes . . .
. . . are announced here.
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SSML is pleased to announce that Dr. Liesl Olson, Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library, will be awarded the 2020 MidAmerica Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature, presented at the 2020 Symposium to be held at the Newberry. Among her many scholarly contributions, Olson is author of Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis (Yale UP, 2017). It earned a starred Kirkus Review, which noted the book was “a valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history.” Olson has also led several seminars sponsored by the NEH focused on Chicago art, literature, and culture. These seminars have contributed to the careers of many scholars and helped shape scholarship on Chicago and the Midwest. She was nominated by several members of SSML, with endorsement by many of her former NEH seminar participants.