Welcome . . .
SSML encourages the study of Midwestern literature and culture in whatever directions the insight, imagination and curiosity of its members may lead.
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. (You can read David Diamond’s obituary.)
This just in . . .
The 2016 Writing Prize winners have been announced: you can find them 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.
. . . and find more notices of recent publications, conferences, and calls for papers.
The Latest . . .
The 2017 Mark Twain Award will be presented to Gloria Whalen 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.