WT Professor to Co-Host Western Literature Association Conference in Colorado

August 23, 2019


WT Professor to Co-Host Western Literature Association Conference in Colorado

CANYON, Texas— West Texas A&M University will be a leading sponsor at the Western Literature Association's annual conference.

Dr. Alex Hunt, English professor, is co-president of the WLA this year and is a co-host for the association's 54th conference, which is set for Sept. 18-21 in Estes Park, Colo.

The WLA was founded to bring recognition to the importance of literature that arises from the American West, Hunt said.

"Today, literature from this region includes rich body of works in many genres," he said. "It's established as a field well worth studying."

The theme of the 2019 WLA conference, which is expected to attract about 300 people, is "Not Cloudy All Day: Climates of Change in the American West." Presentations will focus on the importance of climate change in the American West, Hunt said.

WT and its Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW), which Hunt directs, will be well-represented at the conference. Seven faculty members and six WT students are set to attend and deliver presentations.

"This kind of showing at the Western Literature Association demonstrates that both faculty research and student research in Western American studies is strong at WT," Hunt said. "This helps us recruit more students for our graduate programs, and puts WT on the map in terms of scholarly work in the area."

WT faculty set to present at the conference, in addition to Hunt, include: Dr. Tim Bowman, associate professor of history; Dr. Ryan Brooks, assistant professor of English; Dr. Daniel Herbert, assistant professor of English; Casey Pleming, instructor; Dr. Bonnie Roos, professor of English; Dr. Amy Von Lintel, associate professor of art history; and AJ McCormick, assistant director of CSAW and instructor of English.

WT students set to present at the conference include: Katelyn Denney, Patrick Diepen, Eliana Flores, Jose Navarrete, Ashley Ryan, and Bailey Twilleger. WT student Emily Hinds also will attend the conference.

To learn more about WT's involvement in the Western Literature Association Conference, contact Hunt at 806-651-2457 or ahunt@wtamu.edu.