Wolfe on the West Overhang of the Grand Canyon, Photo Courtesy of Pack Library

“Wolfe and the West”

On June 20, 1938, Thomas Wolfe embarked from Oregon on a two-week car trip that took him through ELEVEN national parks and 4,500 miles of highway.

From this whirlwind tour of the western U.S., he would produce his last piece of writing, A Western Journal.

For its 35th annual conference in Boise, Idaho, the Thomas Wolfe Society (TWS) invites papers that explore Wolfe’s connection to the West, although proposals are welcome on any theme related to Thomas Wolfe and his work.

We are especially interested in:

  • Ecocritical approaches to Wolfe
  • His experience of nature tourism, auto tourism
  • His experience of our national parks

Other topics might include:

  • Treatments of Wolfe and Western writers
  • Other writers who had ties to the American West
  • Considerations of Wolfe and literary regionalism
  • More generally–how Wolfe’s experience of the West compares with his life in the South and NE

Please send a 250-word proposal by Jan. 10, 2013 to: george.hovis@oneonta.edu (Subject line to read: WOLFE PROPOSAL) or to Dr. George Hovis, Dept. of English, 322 Netzer Admin. Bldg., SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820.


Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities worldwide may apply for a Thomas Wolfe Student Travel Grant in Honor of Richard S. Kennedy, which carries a cash award of $300. Please contact george.hovis@oneonta.edu for additional information.


Links of Interest:

The Grove Hotel: http://www.grovehotelboise.com

Leku Una Restaurant: http://www.lekuonaid.com

Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.boise.org

Robert Morgan: http://www.robert-morgan.com

Dr. Tara Penry: http://english.boisestate.edu/contact/faculty/tara-penry