UW-La Crosse English Professor William Barillas has been selected to receive the 2013 MidAmerica Award from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML). Barillas will receive the award during the society’s annual symposium May 9-11 at Michigan State University. The award for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern literature, presented annually since 1977, recognizes a body — rather than a single book or essay — of criticism or scholarship.
Barillas is the author of The Midwestern Pastoral: Place and Landscape in Literature of the American Heartland (2006), which won the Midwestern Studies Book Award from SSML and was designated an Outstanding Academic Title in Language and Literature by Choice magazine. He has also published many scholarly articles about Midwestern and Latino/Latina literatures, as well as creative nonfiction and poetry. He serves on the editorial boards of the peer-review journal MidAmerica and the forthcoming Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume Two.