Association for Mormon Letters

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The Association for Mormon Letters (AML) is a nonprofit founded in 1976 to promote quality writing "by, for, and about Mormons."[1] The broadness of this definition of Mormon literature has led the AML to focus on a wide variety of work that has sometimes been neglected in the Mormon community.

The association holds an annual conference, usually held in Utah. Proceedings of the conferences were published until 2003. Since 1995 the AML sponsored AML-List, an e-mail list for the discussion of Mormon literature. List subscribers posted reviews of thousands of Mormon books, films, and other artistic works.[2][3] Besides the Annual, The AML also published the literary journal Irreantum from 1999 to 2013 and the literature blog Dawning of a Brighter Day since 2009.[4]


See full article: AML Awards

Since 1977, the AML has given awards to the best work "by, for, and about Mormons." They are juried awards. When the Whitney Awards were begun in 2008, with awards decided by a voting academy, many saw them as a populist reaction against the more academic AML Awards.[5][6]

The award categories vary from year to year depending on what the AML decides is worthy of honor.


Irreantum, AML's literary/critical journal, was founded by Christopher Bigelow and Benson Parkinson in 1998. Bigelow served as editor until 2004. Laraine Wilkins was editor from 2004 until her death in September 2006 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.[7] Valerie Holladay and Scott Hatch were co-editors from October 2006.[8] In April 2008 Holladay stepped down, and Angella Hallstrom replaced her as co-editor. In 2009 Hatch stepped down, and was replaced by Jack Harrell. In 2011 Hallstrom stepped down, and was replaced by Josh Allen. The journal ceased publication in 2013.[9]

AML presidents[edit]

There is a lot of uncertainty in the list, and in some cases it is unclear whether a person was made President or President-Elect on a certain year.

Name Term Notes
Maureen Ursenbach Beecher 1976 BYU English, retired 1997.
Eugene England  ?-? BYU English. d. 2001
Lavina Fielding Anderson 1983 Editor, author
Margaret R. Munk  ?-? Poly Sci. d. 1986.
Edward A. Geary  ?-? BYU English
Linda Brummett  ?-? BYU bookstore
Candadai Seshachari  ?-? Weber State English, d. 2015
William A. Wilson 1988- BYU folklore. Retired 1996.
Levi Peterson -1989- Weber State English, retired
Edward L. Hart prior to 1991 BYU English. d. 2008
Bruce Jorgensen c. 1991 BYU English
Richard Cracroft c. 1993 BYU English. d. 2012
Ann Edwards Cannon year-1993 Author, columnist
Susan Elizabeth Howe c. 1996 BYU English
Robert M. Hogge c. 1997 Weber State English
MaryJan Munger c. 1998 BYU Studies
Neal W. Kramer[10] c. 1999 BYU, BYU Studies
John Bennion 1999-2000 BYU English
Marilyn Brown 2000-2001 Author
Cherry Silver 2001–2002 Author, historian
Neila Sechachari 2002 Weber State English. President-elect; died before taking office
Gideon Burton 2002–2004 BYU English
Melissa Proffitt 2004-2005
Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury 2005-2006 (Acting President)
Linda Hunter Adams 2006-2007 BYU Humanities, editor
Eric Samuelsen 2007–2009 BYU Theater
Boyd J. Peterson 2009-2010 UVU Mormon Studies
Margaret Blair Young 2010–2013 BYU English
Glenn Gordon and Kathy Gordon 2013–2014 co-presidents, Musician, Covenant editor
Joe Plicka 2014– BYU Hawaii


  1. ^ Henderson, Gae Lyn, "Passionate about Mormon Fiction, Drama, and Film? Discover the Association for Mormon Letters", (Association for Mormon Letters) 
  2. ^ "Review Archive", (Association for Mormon Letters) 
  3. ^ "AML Discussion Board", (Association for Mormon Letters)  |contribution= ignored (help)[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "Dawning of a Brighter Day", (blog) (Association for Mormon Letters) 
  5. ^ Morris, William (August 21, 2007), "Diversity or dilution? The Whitneys and BYU Studies Review", (A Motley Vision) 
  6. ^ Morris, William (October 21, 2008), "LDS fiction; Mormon fiction (part two)", (A Motley Vision) 
  7. ^ Morris, William (September 3, 2006), "In memoriam: Laraine Wilkins", (A Motley Vision) 
  8. ^ Morris, William (October 13, 2006), "The AML announces new Irreantum editors", (A Motley Vision) 
  9. ^ Morris, William (November 25, 2013), "Replacing Irreantum: Scope/Positioning", (A Motley Vision) 
  10. ^

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