Hemingway's Rocky Mountain West

July 17-23, 2022

Experience and Explore Hemingway's Wyoming and Montana



Presentations and panels on all aspects of Hemingway studies are welcome. The above conference title and following list are suggestive rather than definitive, though they do represent the broad scope of the conference and post-conference essay collection:

  • Hemingway’s time in the Rocky Mountains—Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho in which Hemingway worked on some of his most celebrated works, including A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death in the Afternoon, and To Have and Have Not—exploring the impact of land and people on his works

  • A Farewell to Arms—90th Anniversary w/ emphasis on impact of war on Hemingway’s writing

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls—80th Anniversary w/ emphasis on Robert Jordan from Red Lodge, Montana

  • Regional Hemingway Locales—Sheridan and the Bighorn Mountains—Sun Valley, Idaho—Cooke City and Yellowstone area

  • Hemingway and religion—especially Catholicism in the 1930s

  • The intersection of Western archetypes in Hemingway’s works

  • Hemingway’s experience of writing—the West as a place of comfort (a second home) or dislocation (homelessness)—writing landscape. Conflation of place (Rock Mountain West. Africa, Spain, Cuba)

  • Hemingway’s family life in the 1930s—marriage, child rearing, divorce, infidelity

  • Hemingway as Sportsman/Adventurer/Naturalist—Fisherman—Big game hunter—Bull aficionado—Outdoorsman—early Ecologist

  • Hemingway, race, ethnicity, and indigenous people

  • Hemingway as Icon shaping his own mythology in the West—Hemingway’s view of Western identity in historical context—Early to mid-20th century perceptions of the West

  • Hemingway’s Legacy in the West—Why Hemingway still resonates in the rural mountain West and Southwest

  • Authors Working in the Region While Hemingway Was Here—Owen Wister

  • Hemingway’s influence on contemporary Western writers—Box, Burke, Johnson, McCafferty, and others

  • Hemingway and the environment/Hemingway and conservation

  • Hemingway and Western Writers

Send one-page abstracts and 40-word professional bio to Larry Grimes by email (lgrimes@bethanywv.edu) or post (12415 Road 40.5, Mancos, Colorado 81328) by October 1, 2021.

If you are a graduate student and member of the Hemingway Society, you will automatically be considered for a Hinkle Travel Grant based on your abstract if you indicate your graduate student status with your submission.