Welcome . . .

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

New 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. The first $1,000 prize will be awarded this year. (You can read David Diamond’s obituary.)

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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.

The Latest . . .

The 2016 Mark Twain Award has been presented to the American essayist and fiction writer Michael Martone on June 3rd at the annual Symposium in East Lansing, MI.

The Society also presents the 2016 MidAmerica Award every year for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern literature. The award was presented at the annual Symposium to Donald Pizer, Pierce Butler Professor of English, Emeritus, Newcomb College at Tulane University. He is author of a major study, Realism and Naturalism in 19th Century American Literature (1984), as well as The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism (1995), and both authoritative editions and critical studies of the works of Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, John dos Passos, and Stephen Crane, among others.

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