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SSAWW Lifetime Membership Link

The correct link for the SSAWW Lifetime Membership should be as follows: 


(or just click on the Membership tab in the navigation bar). 

SSAWW Welcomes Two New Affiliates

SSAWW is pleased to welcome two new affiliate societies:

African American Literature and Culture Society
Shirley Moody-Turner, vice-president
28 Burrowes Building; Penn State University, University Park, PA 16803

Society for American Travel Writing
Melanie K. Scriptunas
76 E. Cortland Ave., Fresno, CA 93704

Current list of all affiliate societies: http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/affiliates/

Spring 2015 SSAWW Newsletter now available

The Spring 2015 SSAWW Newsletter is now available at our web site: http://www.ssaww.org or via direct link at http://ssawwnew.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/ssaww15-1.pdf.

Thanks to all of you who sent materials and to Jordan Von Cannon for her assistance with the newsletter. 

Two Invitations from SSAWW: Institutional Home & Post-1945 Journal

Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW): Invitations to tender

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is a long-established and prestigious learned society. It has in recent years grown quite rapidly and now has over 400 members. Further growth looks probable. This is leading the Society to revisit its existing organisation.

In two key arenas the Society is looking to introduce two developments.

Firstly, the society is seeking an institutional (/ a departmental) base which will provide the society with a level of support in a number of key arenas.

  • By maintaining the website and working with the society’s officers to secure good, up-to-date and reliable presentation of the society as a WWW presence, including advice and suggestions on how to develop and improve this web presence.
  • By providing a small archive facility for SSAWW materials.
  • By providing administrative support for the society’s officers when pursuing their SSAWW duties. SSAWW in return would provide funding to finance graduate support for this.

The website, the membership list and all the key infrastructural supports of the society are already developed, so this is not a project that involves working from scratch, but taking over, maintaining and, if and where appropriate, improving the society’s provisions.

Secondly, the society intends to establish a new on-line journal, a sister journal to Legacy, with which it is closely connected (the online journal to cover the period 1945 to the present day). Again, the society is intending to seek institutional support for such a development.

  • By maintaining the journal website and working with the journal editor to secure good, up-to-date and reliable presentation of the journal as a WWW presence, including advice and suggestions on how to develop and improve this web presence. The editor will be appointed by an open election process within SSAWW.
  • By appointing, at least in the first instance, a managing editor, in consultative agreement with the SSAWW, to work with the editor.

 This communication invites individuals/departments/institutions to tender for the support/hosting of these two SSAWW initiatives. The tenders can be for the support of either or both of these initiatives.

 Closing date for both tenders: 30 June 2014

 Please submit the tenders to r.j.ellis@bham.ac.uk

SSAWW welcomes five new affiliate societies

SSAWW is pleased to welcome five new affiliate societies:

Katherine Anne Porter Society: 
Contact Person: Beth Alvarez
Mailing Address: Hornbake Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD  20742
Web address: http://www.kaportersociety.org/
Email: alvarez@umd.edu

Western Literature Association 
Contact Person:    Sabine Barcatta
Mailing Address:  PO Box 6815, Logan UT 84341
Web address: www.westernlit.org
WLA Blog address: westlit.wordpress.com
Email: info@westernlit.org OR wlaoperations@gmail.com

The H.D. International Society 

Contact Person: Celena E. Kusch and Rebecca Walsh
Mailing Address: Celena E. Kusch, University of South Carolina Upstate, 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303 and 
Rebecca Walsh, Department of English and Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM), NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
Web address (if available):  http://hdis.chass.ncsu.edu

Mary McCarthy Society

Contact Person: Dr. Sabrina Fuchs Abrams
Mailing Address:  SUNY Empire State College, School for Graduate Study, 150 E. Route 59, Nanuet, New York 10954 (work)
Web address: marymccarthy.org

Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society 
Contact Person: Matthew Nickel, President
Web address: emrsociety.com 
Email: mattcnickel@gmail.com

Current list of all affiliate societies: http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/affiliates/

Kristin J. Jacobson
Associate Professor of American Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Coordinator, Literature Program
The Richard Stockton College of NJ
609/626-5581 (office)


 Sign & Share the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Center petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/support-rscnj-women-s-gender-and-sexuality-center 

 Vice President, Development
Society for the Study of American Women Writers

If you have items you¹d like to see in the Spring 2014 SSAWW Newsletter, please send them to me at ssaww.web@gmail.com  by March 25 or use the form below.

If you’re sending in a notice of a new book or article (and please do send these!), it would be helpful if you could include a link to the press’s page on your book (for books) and to put the article citations in MLA format (for articles).

Other items to send:

  • –calls for papers for conferences, journal issues, edited collections, andso on
  • –conference announcements
  • –invitations to apply for grants and fellowships
  • –new books by SSAWW members
  • –new articles by SSAWW members
  • –reports from SSAWW regional study groups
  • –announcements of upcoming SSAWW regional study group meetings
  • –announcements of book prizes (either received or invitations to submit)

SSAWW Panels at ALA 2014

We are happy to announce the SSAWW panels for the 2014 ALA Conference in Washington, D.C. Below, please find the complete listings of our two panels: Digital American Women Writers and Political American Women Writers. 

Many thanks go to our readers who helped select the papers for each of the panels: Emily Van Dette, LuElla D’Amico, Denise MacNeil, Barbara McCaskill, Maria Sanchez, and Terri Pantuso. Their contributions to SSAWW are very much appreciated.


Both panels as well as the SSAWW business meeting are scheduled for Thursday, May 22. We are looking forward to the ALA panels and hope to see many of you in Washington, D.C.



Thursday, May 22, 2014: 9:00–10:20am

Co-Chairs: Kristin Allukian, University of Florida and Kristin Jacobson, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


1. “‘people + place = politics’: Terry Tempest Williams’ Democratizing Ethos,” Jeannette E. Riley, UMass Dartmouth and Kathleen M. Torrens, University of Rhode Island

2. “‘Changing the Converse Cipők Vásárlásaation on Healthy Eating’: The White House Kitchen Garden and Michelle Obama’s Public Health Discourse,” Terre Ryan, Loyola University Maryland

3. “Benevolence and the New Left: Reimagining the Welfare State in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time,” Brandon Gordon, Sonoma State University



Thursday, May 22, 2014: 1:30–2:50pm

Co-Chairs: Kristin Allukian, University of Florida and Kristin Jacobson, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


1. “Digital Writers/Digital Readers: Teaching and Learning With Student-Authored Digital Posters,” Stephanie A. Tingley, Youngstown State University

2. “Digital Resources and the Magazine Context of Edith Wharton’s Short Stories,” Paul J. Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

3. “Digital Images of Flowers and the Suffrage Movement in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Journals,” Gabby Serrano, Angelo State University

4. “Story Paper (Anti-)Heroines: Reading Alcott’s Potboilers in the Digital Archives,” Michael D’Alessandro, Boston University



Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Thursday, May 22, 2014:3:00–4:20pm


SSAWW Announcements: Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group (RSVP: 2.3.14)

The next Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group meetings will be held on Saturday March 1, 2014 at the University of Texas San Antonio, hosted by Joycelyn Moody.

The common reading will be Jane Edna Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer (1940), edited by Rhondda Robinson Thomas, and recently reprinted as part of the West Virginia UP Regenerations Series (available here: http://wvupressonline.com/hunter_a_nickel_and_a_prayer_9781933202648). Andreá Williams, who is author of Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction (U Michigan, 2013), will be a special guest participant in the discussion.

To RSVP, email Joycelyn Moody at joycelyn.moody@utsa.edu by February 3, 2014. Be sure to indicate whether you will stay for dinner.
Information regarding location, schedule, travel and hotel is coming soon on our website: http://txssaww.wordpress.com/
We’re now on Facebook! Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/610099049036426/ or search Facebook for “Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group.”

Dr. Desiree Henderson, University of Texas Arlington

SSAWW Membership Directory with Research Interests Now Available

The Membership Directory has been updated to reflect members’ research interests as well as their membership status. http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/directory/

Thanks to SSAWW Vice President for Membership and Finances Heidi Hanrahan for supplying this information.  If you would like to be included but are not yet listed, please contact her at hhanraha@shepherd.edu.

SSAWW Announcements: Graduate Student Assistants

Dear SSAWW Colleagues:

Before 2013 slips away, I wanted to share that we have a full slate of graduate students supporting our officers. Each graduate student position has a place on the Advisory Board, and these terms will conclude at the 2015 conference.

We are pleased to welcome and more formally congratulate Leslie Allison, Martha Pitts, and Jordan Von Cannon.

Leslie Allison of Temple University is working with Rita Bode, Vice President, Organizational.

Martha Pitts of Louisiana State University is working with Beth Lueck, Associate Conference Director.

Jordan Von Cannon of Louisiana State University is working with Donna Campbell, Vice President, Publications.

(Leslie, Martha, and Jordan join Kristin Allukian of the University of Florida, who had already been working with Kristin Jacobson, Vice President, Development.)

Many thanks to everyone who nominated candidates or applied. Thank you for your support of SSAWW!! We are eager to work with you in the future.

Happy Holidays,



Koritha Mitchell, PhD


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