Hemingway's Rocky Mountain West

Conference Postponed
Until July 2022

A Place to Write, Writing Place

XIX International Hemingway Conference

Experience and Explore Hemingway's Wyoming and Montana

JULY 19-26, 2020

July 18-24, 2021

JuLY 2022



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—Impact of land and people on his works
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls—80th Anniversary w/emphasis on Robert Jordan from Red Lodge, Montana up the road from Cooke City.
  • A Farewell to Arms—90th Anniversary—w/emphasis on impact of WWI on this writing
  • Regional Hemingway Locales—Sheridan and the Bighorn Mountains—Sun Valley, Idaho—Cooke City and Yellowstone area
  • Hemingway and religion—especially Catholicism in the 1930’s
  • 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 and the conflation of place (Rock Mountain West. Africa, Spain, Cuba)
  • Hemingway’s family life in the 1930s—fathers/fatherhood, 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—e.g. Owen Wister
  • Hemingway’s influence on contemporary Western writers—Box, Burke, Johnson, McCafferty, and others

Send 250-word abstracts and 40-word professional bio to Larry Grimes by email lgrimes@bethanywv.eduor post (12415 Road 40.5, Mancos, Colorado 81328), by October 15th, 2021.

For questions about accessibility or accommodations, please contact Krista Quesenberry at accessibility@hemingwaysociety.org.

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.