Announcements Archive

SSAWW Best Graduate Student Paper Award 2009
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SSAWW is pleased to announce the first and second place winners and honorable mentions for the Best Graduate Student Paper of the Fall 2009 SSAWW conference, which was held in Philadelphia, PA. Please join us in congratulating them on their achievement.

Arielle Zibrak, Boston University: "'The Scrap That You Reject': Recycling Waste in Rebecca Harding Davis's *Life in the Iron Mills*"

Anne Brubaker, University of Illinois-Urbana: "Balancing the Equation: Women Bookkeepers in Early Twentieth-Century American Fiction"

Rita Williams, University of Delaware: "Julia Ward Howe's A Trip to Cuba: Troubling the Borders of Region and Nation"

Yoon Young Choi, University of Wisconsin: "Remembering Outside the News: History, Nation, and Newsmedia in Susan Choi's *American Woman*"

The selection committee, comprised of Deborah Clarke, Allison Hedge Coke, and Kristin Jacobson, wish to thank all the graduate students who submitted papers. The committee enjoyed the opportunity to read the research of emerging scholars. There were many excellent submissions, and it was a pleasure to read them all. SSAWW has a strong commitment to contribute to graduate student success and we welcome feedback about how to continue to support your scholarship. Contact Kristin Jacobson ( with your comments and suggestions.

--Kristin Jacobson, SSAWW VP for Development

Legacy SSAWW 2009 Best Paper Contest
Go to SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Awards

The Legacy editorial collective is happy to announce the results of the Legacy SSAWW 2009 Best Paper Contest, acknowledging the strongest papers presented at the SSAWW Conference in Philadelphia in 2009.

Laura Korobkin, "Imagining State and Federal Law in Pauline Hopkins's Contending Forces"

Nicole Livengood, "Antislavery Discourse and Scientific Racism in Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite"
Joycelyn Moody, "Mentor, Collaborator, Friend, or Foe? Functions of Friendship in Antebellum Women Interracial Writing Collaborations"
Jennifer Putzi, "(Re)Proving Female Authorship: Elizabeth Akers Allen and the 'Rock Me to Sleep' Controversy"
Karyn Valerius, "To Worship Beauty: Paternal Impressions in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s 'The Amber Gods'"
Andrea Williams, "Black Labor and the Sentimentalized Southern Economy in Katherine Tillman’s Clancy Street"

Patrick Gleason, "Sarah Orne Jewett's 'The Foreigner' and the Transamerican Routes of New England Regionalism"

Amy Bennett-Zendzian, "'Such beautiful dreams is the real part o’ life': Imaginary Friendships in the Writing of Sarah Orne Jewett"
Mary Kathleen Eyring, "'The Poor Must Have a Living': Sarah J. Hale and the Business of Charity"
Lisa Olsen Tait, "'Suggestions' to the Girls Regarding Marriage:
Fiction and Monogamy in 1890s Mormondom"
Caroline Wigginton, "A 'Union of the Soul': Friendship, Piety, and Politics in Milcah Martha Moore's Book"
Rita Williams, "Julia Ward Howe’s A Trip to Cuba: Troubling the Borders of Region and Nation"

Winners and finalists were selected from a very large pool of submissions (29 papers were submitted in the general category, and 25 in
the student category) and were judged by Legacy Board members and editors.  (Those judges who had personal connections with contestants
recused themselves from this process as necessary.) Expanded versions of the two winning papers will soon be published in Legacy.

Contest results may soon be viewed on the on the Legacy website at and on SSAWW venues as well.

These papers represent some of the best work being done in the field, and we heartily congratulate those listed here.  We thank all those who
submitted for participating in the process.

--Jennifer Tuttle, Legacy

SSAWW on Facebook

SSAWW invites you to become a fan of our new Facebook page (Facebook homepage:

In Facebook, simply search for "Society for the Study of American Women Writers" or use this link ( to find us. You will need to create a Facebook account, if you do not already have one. (Facebook is a free social networking site.)

As a fan you can follow and create announcements of interest to SSAWW members, join in discussions, and network with faculty and students with similar teaching and research interests.

We hope you will use the site to post information about CFPs and conferences, to share articles and reviews relating to American women writers, to announce new scholarship and job/fellowship postings as well as participate in discussions. There are discussion sections based on period (early American, 19th-, and 20th-/21st- century writers) and threads devoted to each of the regional SSAWW groups.

We welcome suggestions for additional discussion topics and general feedback about the page. SSAWW will use this site, in addition to the listserv, to keep you informed of SSAWW business and upcoming events.

New to Facebook? Here are a couple of links to helpful articles to get you started: "Newbie's guide to Facebook" ( and "Getting Started" (

Special Issue of Shenandoah on Flannery O'Connor

Announcing the 60th anniversary issue of SHENANDOAH, The Washington and Lee University Review with essays, poems, short stories, photographs and artwork centering on the works ofFlannery O’Connor

Including work by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Fred Chappell, Sarah Gordon, William Sessions, Joyce Carol Oates, Rodney Jones, Claudia Emerson, Charles Wright, Dave Smith, Kallima Hamilton, Rita Mae Reese, Barry Moser & others.

Available June, 2010

Single copy $15

Mattingly House / 2 Lee Avenue

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA 24450-2116

The Constitution Island Association invites scholars studying the life and works of Susan Warner and Anna Warner 

Constitution and the archives of bestselling nineteenth-century writers Susan and Anna Warner are available to scholars and researchers.  The Constitution Island Association’s Research Center contains such materials as the Warner sisters’ manuscripts, diaries and journals, domestic papers, religious writings, nature writings, and naturalist illustrations.  In addition, the Research Center has available some of the papers of their father, Henry Warner, as well as information relating to the history of Constitution during Revolutionary War. 

Visits to the Warner sisters’ beloved island, on the east side of the Hudson River, are encouraged and possible from May through September although the contents of the Warner home, including the family’s personal effects, is currently in storage.  Restoration of the house is in the planning stage. The Research Center is adjacent to the West Point campus where the Warner sisters are buried. The Center houses much of their correspondence, such as letters from readers, original Warner artworks and photographs. It is available throughout the year.

Constitution and the Research Center are located just an hour north of New York City, conveniently accessible by MetroNorth.  Affordable accommodations are available nearby in Highland Falls, NY.  For more information and to make arrangements to visit the archive, please see our website, or call 845.446.8676.

From Shelley Shaver:

With Women's History Month approaching, your members might be interested in a new website, updated daily, an epic with two strong female leads. The story is about one Texas farm woman, Riah McKenna, her husband and son, and her best friend as they all struggle to survive the Dust Bowl years.   One mini-episode is added each day, and readers are invited to join a new blog community and interact with the author, a new Texas writer whose grandparents were cotton farmers.   She took ten years to research and write this work and waited twenty years for it to find a platform. Launching now, this webpage will be the first guest artist page linked from the website honoring the late Horton Foote, the brilliant screenplay writer of To Kill a Mockingbird. Right now the new Dust Bowl story can only be found at:  

New Journal: Women's Writing

Women's Writing is an international journal focusing on women's writing up to the end of the long nineteenth century. The Editors welcome theoretical and historical perspectives, and contributions that are concerned with gender, culture, race and class. The aim of the journal is to open up a forum for dialogue, discussion and debate about the work of women writers, and hopes to reflect the diversity of scholarship that can be brought to bear on this area of study. For more information, visit

New E-Journal: The Latchkey

We are happy to announce a new e-journal, THE LATCHKEY: A Journal of New Woman Studies. We are affiliated with the group of e-journals hosted by, a website dedicated to interdisciplinary fin de siècle studies and particularly to Oscar Wilde's work and circle. Our publisher is The Rivendale Press (UK).

Please take a look at our first issue at

We start with a very modest beginning and soon hope to expand the into a peer-reviewed journal for the rapidly expanding field of New Woman studies. We are happy to accept notices for calls of papers as well as book reviews immediately, and are also very interested in adding to our informal "Teaching Resources" and "Who's Who" sections. A call for peer-reviewed papers will follow in a few months--stay tuned.

If you would like to keep informed of our progress and join our mailing list, please send an email to with"'LATCHING ON" (minus the quotation marks) as the subject line.

In case you would like to get involved with the journal as a potential peer reviewer now or in the future, please contact the editors at

Thank you, and best wishes to all,

Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Ph.D.
Independent Scholar, Stanford, CA
Associate Editor, The Latchkey

Reviewers wanted: Teaching American Literature

I am the editor of Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice. I am always in need of reviewers for manuscripts for this online journal. Interested reviewers can contact me at or visit the site at  Thanks.   Patricia Bostian  

Patricia Bostian English, Reading, and Humanities Central Piedmont Community College Levine Campus P.O. Box 35009 Charlotte, NC 28235-5009 704-330-4397

Book Series Announcement

Praeger Publishers Women Writers of Color Biography Series
The past half century has witnessed a true renaissance in the writing of women of color. In our global village, women of color read each other's work and find models of strength. In poetry, fiction and drama they discover both a refuge and an embrace.

American women of African descent came early to this rebirth, which has awakened a vast general audience. This series will include high quality literary biographies of well-known African American , Caribbean, Chicana, Native American, Asian American and other women of color writers. The biographies will be geared toward an interested and sophisticated general audience that seeks authoritative information about women of color writers.

These poets and writers are familiar to the reading public: Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, June Jordan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Toni Cade Bambara, Ann Petry, Alice Walker, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Octavia Butler, Georgia Douglass Johnson, Julia Alvarez, Jamaica Kincaid, Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, Helena Maria Viramontes, Paule Marshall, Nella Larsen, Jesse Fausett, Margaret Walker, and others.

Submitting a Proposal:

If you believe your work is suitable for the Women Writers of Color Biography Series, please send a proposal consisting of:

1. A detailed description of the planned work, its subject, scope and intended audience.
2. A copy of the curriculum vitae/resume for yourself and any co-authors.
3. A description of any competing books, and an explanation of how yours would differ.
4. An estimate of the length of the final manuscript in words, preferably, or in double-spaced manuscript pages.
5. An indication of how many photos, tables, or figures, if any, you expect to include.
6. An indication of when you expect to be able to submit a final manuscript.
7. A double-spaced sample chapter or two.

Each project under consideration for publication is subject to review by the series editor and the editorial board at Praeger Publishers. Please keep in mind that it may take several weeks, to a few months, before a decision is made.

Professor Joanne M. Braxton
Series Editor
Department of English
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 or

Research in the Centre for Postcolonial Writing 
Research Project :
The Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (Routledge ABES, UK)
International On-Line Bibliography 

The Centre for Postcolonial Writing (CPW) is the Editor of the Postcolonial Literary Studies Section of Routledge’s On-line bibliography, the Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES), which commended in 1999 and has just been remodelled and relaunched for 2008. 

Call for Contributing Annotators. The CPW is expanding its network of annotators in the area of Postcolonial Literature.   

Our contributors write short annotated bibliographies of articles, monographs, edited collections and online products, that they consider to be valuable and necessary reading in the field. 

We are seeking interested postgraduates, early career researchers and established scholars who specialise in: 

  • Postcolonial literature in English from the non-Western world (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific)
  • Postcolonial literature in the settler colonies (Australia, Canada, Unites States of America)
  • Indigenous, ethnic, minority and migrant literatures
  • Postcolonial literary criticism
  • Postcolonial creative writing
  • Postcolonial life writing

Contributors will be required to provide short (200 word) annotations for 10-15 texts per year and be credited for their work. Contributors will keep the texts they annotate (if in hard copy) in lieu of payment. 

Prospective annotators should visit : for application forms and further information on the project. 

For inquiries contact: Devika Goonewardene and Isabella Ofner, Project Managers, ABES – Postcolonial Literary Studies, CPW –


29 October. SSAWW welcomes new Advisory Board members.
25 October.
New calls for papers.
22 October.
New calls for papers (including SSAWW Panels at ALA); new books.
7 October.
New calls for papers.
6 October
D.C. Area SSAWW Study Group meeting November 13.
--Pacific Northwest SSAWW Study Group meeting November 13
2 October.
Fall 2010 SSAWW Newsletter now available online.
Laura (Riding) Jackson Conference at Cornell University (conference schedule)
28 September.
New grants and fellowships (Woodress Visiting Fellowship),new calls for papers, new books.4 March. New calls for papers.
3 March.
Special issue of Shenandoah on Flannery O'Connor.
2 March.
To add SSAWW to your groups click on the icon,, go to our Facebook page, or go to Facebook and search for Society for the Study of American Women Writers.
-- New information on an upcoming conference: Margaret Fuller and Her Circles .
SSAWW Northwest Study Group meeting April 24.
Southern California SSAWW Study Group meeting March 7.
The Constitution Island Association invites scholars studying the life and works of Susan Warner and Anna Warner 
22 February.
SSAWW Prize for Best Paper Presented by a Graduate Student at SSAWW 2009
5 February.
New and updated calls for papers.
23 January.
New books; new calls for papers.
10 January.
The recent discussion from SSAWW-L on parallel texts has been archived at the Teaching Resources page.
7 January 2010.
Updated calls for papers.
20 October. Updates to the roommates board.
17 October. New books.
6 October.
Welcome message for SSAWW 2009 and "Getting Around Philadelphia" Brochure (.pdf file) .
4 October.
Updates to the roommates board.
1 October. SSAWW 2009 Conference Program.
Update 10/5/09: Bad formatting has been repaired.
30 September
. New books.

- Finding roommates for SSAWW 2009

SSAWW 2009 Conference Information and Updates. Check this page regularly for information about the conference. You can also subscribe to its RSS feed.

16 June. New calls for papers.
14 June.
Archives list and links from the Women in the Archives conference.
Conference information: Cather, Chicago and Modernism
9 June. New call for papers.
25 May.
New calls for papers; new book announcement; new fellowship announcement.

8 May. New fellowship opportunity (pre-1830 literature and culture).
6 May. DC
Area SSAWW Study Group Discussion and Walking Tour, 5/8
29 April.
New calls for papers.
23 April.
New journal announcement and new calls for papers; announcements of new books.
20 April. New calls for papers and announcements.

17 December. New grants. Updates to calls for papers.
9 December.
New calls for papers; Texas SSAWW study group meeting.
5 December.
New call for papers: SSAWW panels at ALA 2009.
26 November.
New calls for papers, including some for SSAWW.

25 November. new calls for papers.
17 November.
New calls for papers; job announcement.
10 November.
New calls for papers; note the many November 15 deadlines.
31 October.
New SSAWW calls for papers.
28 October.
New ALA calls for papers.
24 October.
Symposium announcement: "Women in the Archives"; new calls for papers (ALA and SSAWW).
15 September. More calls for papers; Washington, D. C. SSAWW Study Group
14 September.
New calls for papers and panels at SSAWW 2009.
11 September.
New calls for papers (Susan Glaspell Society) for SSAWW.
9 September.
New announcements (prize for work on Flannery O'Connor) and calls for papers and panels at SSAWW 2009.
19 August.
Southern California SSAWW Study Group Meeting, November 7, 2008.
5 August.
Texas SSAWW Study Group Meeting on November 1, 2008.
24 July.
CFP: Eighth Biennial ASLE Conference
22 July.
Fellowships available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
21 July.
CFP: Willa Cather Seminar 2009
16 July
. Call for papers: SSAWW 2009 conference in Philadelphia.
CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Conference (New deadline: November 15, 2008)
New call for bibliography contributors: Center for Postcolonial Writing

Address e-mail to Donna Campbell, campbelld at wsu dot edu .