Matthew Lavin '02 has been awarded the Western Literature Association
Fellowship at the journal Western American Literature, which is produced
with the English department at Utah State University.
His Fellowship duties include "helping select, prepare and copyedit
manuscripts, as well as a variety of other tasks required to produce a
In a feature on the association's Web site, Lavin states, "The opportunity
to work on Western American Literature led me to the department of
English at Utah State University. My background at the Adirondack Daily
Enterprise in the Adirondack Park in New York gave me a lot of writing
experience, but after a year or so I was ready to move on." Lavin's academic
interest – begun as an undergraduate at St. Lawrence – centers on the work
of Willa Cather.
Western American Literature, the official journal of the Western
Literature Association, is "the premiere publication devoted to the study
of an increasingly important region. The journal features articles, reviews and
annual roundups of recent scholarship as well as special issues devoted to
issues central to the field."
Professor of Canadian Studies Robert Thacker, whose scholarly work includes
many publications on Cather, is a past president of the Western Literature
Association; he now serves as executive secretary/treasurer of the organization.
In 2003, he received the association's Deb and Edith Wylder Award for Longtime
Service. Thacker was Lavin's advisor at St. Lawrence.
Posted: October 13, 2004