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Big Sky, Montana september 21–24, 2016

The profane: not limited to the blasphemous or the obscene, but rather encompassing that which is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, and/or secretly shared. Unofficial and unsanctioned pleasures and punishments. The necessary complement of the sacred, helping both to define and erode it.

The fifty-first annual Western Literature Association conference, hosted by Linda Karell (Montana State University), will take place in the spectacular natural beauty and undeniable tourist development that is Big Sky, Montana. We invite you to think about “the profane West” in ways that challenge entrenched definitions/conceptions/celebrations of the West—including the once subversive.

Join us for an opening night screening of Winter in the Blood and help us celebrate the wla Distinguished Achievement Award winner, Maxine Hong Kingston.

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