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:

Western Literature Association 
Contact Person:    Sabine Barcatta
Mailing Address:  PO Box 6815, Logan UT 84341
Web address:
WLA Blog address:
Email: OR

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):

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:

Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society 
Contact Person: Matthew Nickel, President
Web address: 

Current list of all affiliate societies:

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)

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Society for the Study of American Women Writers


CFP: H.D. International Society (Modernist Studies Association; Deadline 4.20.14)

The H.D. International Society invites paper abstracts for a proposed panel for the Modernist Studies Association conference (Pittsburgh, Nov. 6-9, 2014),  “Modernist Women after The Career of that Struggle: New Scholarship on H.D. and Her Circle.”

In recognition of Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s position as keynote speaker for the 2014 conference, the H.D. International Society calls for contributions to a panel considering the legacy of her early criticism, H.D.: The Career of that Struggle (1986), and proposing new directions in modernist studies of H.D. and her circle. We are working with Rachel Blau DuPlessis about the possibility of having her respond to the papers in this panel. Continue reading

If you have items you¹d like to see in the Spring 2014 SSAWW Newsletter, please send them to me at  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


CFP from SSAWW: Domestic (Horror) Stories: Women Writers of the American Cold War Period (MLA; Deadline 3.22.14)

Domestic (Horror) Stories: Women Writers of the American Cold War Period

Special Session proposed by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers for MLA in January 2015. The Cold War period in America is typically remembered as a time in which women were returned to the domestic sphere en masse. This panel solicits proposals for work on women writing during the Cold War (roughly 1945- early 70s) about the horrors, limits, and anxieties of domestic and family life. Some writers to consider: Sylvia Plath, Shirley Jackson, Jean Kerr, Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O’Connor, May Sarton, Diane di Prima, Alix Kates Shulman, Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, Ann Petry, Lorraine Hansberry. The proposal welcomes cold war period women writers from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, class, sexual orientation and region) who write in any genre.

Please send a 300 word abstract and brief bio to Jill E. Anderson at<> by March 22.