Aanii / Boozhoo / Osiyo / Halito / Ya’at’eeh / Greetings!

Welcome to the website for the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL). ASAIL is a professional academic organization created to promote the study, criticism, and research of American Indian written and oral literary traditions.

It is with great sadness that we move forward after the loss of our President, Carol Warrior who walked on this July 4th. Carol was an important part of our ASAIL family and professor of English and American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Cornell. She was a fearless advocate and a brave and thoughtful scholar, teacher, and mentor, and her voice will be missed. We encourage you to read Carol’s work, particularly her piece “Indigenous Collectives: A Meditation on Fixity and Flexibility” (AIQ Fall 2017 vol. 41, no 4).

ASAIL holds an annual business meeting at the Native American Literature Symposium. ASAIL is an affiliate with the Modern Language Association (MLA). ASAIL sponsors panels at the MLA’s annual meeting, the Native American Literature Symposium, the American Literature Association (ALA), and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) conferences. Our conference participation, along with our journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures, ensures that members have multiple opportunities to present, publish and debate innovative research on American Indian and Aboriginal languages, literature, culture and aesthetics.

ASAIL’s current membership includes leading scholars, writers, and activists committed to the interdisciplinary study and continuance of American Indian and indigenous languages, cultures, and aesthetic traditions. Whether you are a first-time visitor to our site or a long-term member of ASAIL, you will find resources here on teaching, researching and writing about American Indian and indigenous literatures. In addition, you will find information about upcoming conferences as well as Calls for Papers and current job offerings around the country. Our Association takes mentorship seriously, and to help graduate students begin their academic careers, we offer conference travel fellowships to offset expenses for students to present their research. Colleagues will find syllabi, language resources, and a community of faculty to aid their own research and teaching expertise. If you aren’t already a member, I welcome you to our website and encourage you to join ASAIL!

Becca Gercken
Currently serving as ASAIL President
Associate Professor, English and American Indian Studies
University of Minnesota Morris