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

Welcome to the brand new 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 optimism that we announce a new digital space for ASAIL members. We hope that this updated ASAIL website grants easier access to multiple resources and archives, such as sample syllabi, guides to Native American and Indigenous Studies programs, Studies in American Indian Literatures issues, and more! It will, of course, continue to be the space to gain access to our exciting new online SAIL Review, which includes incredible book reviews and association news. It is also our goal that this site will make renewing association membership much, much easier.

ASAIL’s current membership includes leading scholars, writers, and activists committed to the interdisciplinary study and continuance of Native American 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 Native American and Indigenous literatures. We take pride in our history of mentorship and take it very seriously. We offer conference travel fellowships to offset expenses for graduate students to present their research. If you aren’t already a member, I welcome you to our website and encourage you to join ASAIL!

Next, we are excited to announce ASAIL’s Virtual Conference, which will be held on April 7th and 8th, 2022. In the spirit of community gathering, knowledge sharing, and support, we extend our invitation for a small virtual conference, which we hope helps to temporarily fill the gap that Covid and the absence of Native American Literature Symposium has left us, and creates an opportunity for those working in and producing Naitve American literatures to meet one another, network, and share work. We hope it also provides an opportunity for those of us who have continually looked forward to an annual gathering which focuses exclusively on Native American Literatures to mingle with and mentor all those who are called into this work. You can find the CFP and more details on the ASAIL Virtual Conference page.

Finally, the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures Executive Officers want to publicly acknowledge the Native American Literature Symposium (NALS) founders and organizers whose labor, vision, and dedication convened so many of us and our peers and colleagues for over 20 years. We appreciate the community they established: a scholarly and creative space guided by Indigenous principles of knowledge sharing and mentorship. In short, there is no other conference like it. We hope we can lend a hand in providing a space for folks to convene.

Mii gwech,

Molly McGlennen
ASAIL President
Associate Professor of English and Native American Studies
Director of American Studies
Vassar College