SSAWW Triennial Conference Announcement

2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference: Update 

Preparations are underway for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference in Denver, CO, and I wanted to take a moment to update our members regarding our process and some of the exciting developments that you can look forward to later this year.

In early January, we issued a call for reviewers to help in the process of evaluating the numerous individual paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that we were beginning to receive for the 2018 conference. The incredible response from our membership resulted in nearly fifty reviewers from across the world volunteering to read and evaluate these proposals based upon the pre-established criteria provided them. Reviewers examined each proposal based upon relevance to the theme of the conference (resistance and recovery of American women writers across the Americas), the overall relevance to our SSAWW mission, the innovation of the proposal, and the quality of the writing. For each submission, at least three reviewers were assigned, providing us a depth of insight into the strengths of each proposal and their potential placement on the conference program. We would like to offer our thanks to each of the individuals who served in this invaluable role, even participating in a second round of reviews after our extended deadline. Except in the case of clear disagreement in evaluation, I accepted the suggestions of our esteemed panel of reviewers with years of dedicated service to and expertise in the field.

After the process had been completed and we had a working draft of the conference program, we had a few remaining papers that received high marks from reviewers but that did not form complete panels. In our mission for inclusivity, I elected to develop a request for specific proposals on the topics of 1) a pedagogy of resistance and care, 2) American women writers on gender, race, and religion, and 3) citizenship and resistance to oppressive regimes. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2018. Rather than electing to add a respondent in order to complete those sessions, I wanted to once again extend the opportunity for more scholars and voices to potentially participate in the program. We are pleased to have received thus far a few new proposals as well as a few revised submissions from the original round.

At this point in time, notifications for all panel, roundtable, and individual proposal submissions have been disseminated. For anyone who has submitted a proposal and has not received a formal response, please contact me directly at; some individuals did note technical difficulties in using the Google Forms—a process that we will continue to refine for the future based upon the solid feedback that we received—so we want to ensure that no one fell through the cracks with the new submission process that we adopted this year.

In addition to the dynamic sessions that we have organized for the conference, we are pleased to have Ms. Staceyann Chin—the “Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist, and Performance Artist”—join us as our keynote speaker for the event. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily. Her distinguished titles include The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir and “Authenticity,” featured in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Her contribution will add a unique voice and perspective to the conversation that we hope this conference will evoke. This, along with a planned art exhibition and three film screenings, we hope will result in a stirring conference program that we can talk about for the next three years.

Ultimately, as with planning and organizing any event of this size, it has been a challenging and yet rewarding experience. Through your eager participation and innovative insights into the theme of resistance and recovery, we have been able to organize a number of commanding sessions on women writers, their lasting legacy, pedagogy, and the profession, among other important topics. We look forward to an incredible conference later this year in Denver and thank you once again for your vital contributions to an event that so many great teacher-scholars anticipate over the years. More information regarding the program, hotel accommodations, and registration are forthcoming. As always, we encourage you to check the website regularly or to sign up for the listserv to get updates regarding the conference, CFPs, job announcements, and so much more. With so many ways to still become involved in the conference program (such as volunteering to evaluate CVs in our SSAWW CV Workshop), please be on the lookout for future announcements from the SSAWW Executive Committee over the coming months.

Thank you once again for your time and for your continued support of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. It is your thoughtful contributions, after all, that enable us to advance our core mission.


Christopher Allen Varlack

Program Director, 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference


Keynote Speaker – Staceyann Chin, SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference

Keynote Speaker – Staceyann Chin

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference

Friday, november 9th 2018, 3:00 pm The westin denver downtown

(followed by book signing and reception)

Staceyann Chin – “Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist, and Performance Artist. Single Mama” – is the Keynote Speaker for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference on “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas.”


Ms. Chin is a fulltime performance artist, spoken-word poet, and LGBT rights political activist. She has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998.”

Her work has been featured in more than 21 publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily. Her distinguished titles include: The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir, and “Authenticity,” featured in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness.

Ms. Chin has performed on stage and screen, including both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States. She co-wrote and performed in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Ms. Chin was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway for her performance in her own production – Border/Clash: A Litany of Desire. She acted in the film Across the Universe, and was featured in the documentaries: Black./Womyn.:Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent, and OnePeople: The Celebration.

She has also been featured by public-access television cable programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality.

In 2015, Ms. Chin was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month. And in 2017, she was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in “Motherstruck.”

Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues back “in print”

Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues is back “in print” in multiple formats–

in both DIGITAL free-download and PRINT at-cost editions.

Please SHARE widely with your networks.

To access all versions of the 20th Anniversary Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues:

About The New Edition

Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, is widely considered in and outside the U.S. to be a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation” in hir theoretical nonfiction book, Transgender Warriors: Making History.

Stone Butch Blues has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, been passed from hand-to-hand inside prisons, and been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Hebrew (with hir earnings from that edition going to ASWAT Palestinian Gay Women). The novel was winner of the 1994 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award and a 1994 Lambda Literary Award.

Leslie Feinberg worked up to a few days before hir death in November 2014 to ready the 20th anniversary Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues, to make it available to all, in free-download and at-cost-print editions. This action was one part of hir entire life work as a revolutionary communist to change the world in the struggle for justice and liberation from oppression.

“This Is What Solidarity Looks Like”

This Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues is dedicated to CeCeMcDonald, a young Minneapolis trans woman of color organizer and activist sent to prison for defending herself against a white neo-Nazi attacker.

Accessible at is a slideshow, “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like,” that documents the breadth of the global organizing campaign to free CeCe McDonald. Feinberg developed the slideshow with the help of scores of activist photographers.

“This Is What Solidarity Looks Like” is a powerful teaching and organizing tool to show how a mass liberation movement started from a single community to achieve a global reach.

A Note from Minnie Bruce Pratt
Leslie explains in “Author’s Rights and Requests” hir decision as a revolutionary communist to make Stone Butch Blues available free to all through digital download. The at-cost Lulu print version fulfills hir goal of making Stone Butch Blues available in a no-profit-to-anyone edition. Leslie’s “Author’s Rights and Requests” can be found at the end of the new edition.

 In that section, Leslie also briefly discusses some of hir decisions about how zie/she chose to narrate the novel.

As Leslie Feinberg’s literary executor, I am adhering faithfully to hir wishes as zie/she gives those in “Author’s Rights and Requests.” I ask that you honor hir life and her work by respecting hir rights and requests.

Minnie Bruce Pratt

Edith Wharton Society – Member-at-Large Executive Board Positions

The Edith Wharton Society seeks to fill up to two Member-at-Large positions on its Executive Board for the 2017-19 term. If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a brief biographical statement (one paragraph) to the EWS Secretary, Jennifer Haytock, at by March 30, 2017. We will hold elections after that date, and the two candidates who receive the most votes will serve.

In order to encourage broad participation, the EWS particularly encourages new nominations. Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:

The Society’s by-laws, which outline the responsibilities of the Members at Large, can be found here:

Interested persons may also contact any current Board member for more information.

UPDATE: SSAWW 2017 Université Bordeaux Montaigne

We are pleased and honored that both Alice Kaplan and Sarah Rose Etter have accepted our invitation to join us and give a keynote address.

Alice Kaplan is probably best known for her 1993 memoir, French Lessons, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography/autobiography. Her latest book, Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, was published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press and the Editions Gallimard. She has also translated a number of books by Roger Grenier (Piano Music for Four Hands, Another November, and The Difficulty of Being a Dog), Louis Guilloux (OK, Joe), and Evelyne Bloch-Dano (Madame Proust). Last but not least, she is a renowned historian whose first book, Reproductions of Banality (1986), was a theoretical exploration of French fascism. Since then she has published books on Céline’s anti-semitic pamphlets (Sources et citations dans ‘Bagatelles pour un massacre’), on the treason trial of Robert Brasillach (The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach), and on American courts-martial in newly liberated France (The Interpreter).

Sarah Rose Etter is a celebrated young writer whose first collection of stories, Tongue Party, won the 2010 Caketrain Chapbook Competition and has just come out in a French translation by Véronique Béghain (Hommes sous verre, Editions Do). More about Sarah Rose Etter on

SSAWW 2017 Université Bordeaux Montaigne CFP:

2015 SSAWW Awards

2015 Awards
Society for the Study of American Women Writers

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers was founded in 2000 to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. The Book Award, Edition Award, and Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goal to support and broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers. SSAWW is please to announce the winners of our 2015 awards.

Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award

The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship and service.

The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as Vice President of Development (2004-2009).

Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Sharon Harris, Professor Emerita from the University of Connecticut


2015 Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee

  • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Professor of English, Chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee
  • Beth Widmaier Capo, Professor of English, Illinois College
  • Dorri Beam, Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University
  • Miranda Green-Barteet, Assistant Professor, Joint Appointed in Department of Women’s Studies and Department of English and Writing Studies, The University of Western Ontario
  • Elissa M. Zellinger, Lecturer of English, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Book Award

The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award recognizes the monograph’s significant contribution to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.


Book Award 2015

Mary Chapman, Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2014)


Untitled3Book Award 2015 Honorable Mention

Alexandra Socarides

Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics (Oxford University Press, 2012)



Book Award 2015 Honorable Mention

Claudia Stokes

The Altar at Home: Sentimental Literature and Nineteenth-Century American Religion (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)


2015 Book Award Selection Committee

  • Koritha Mitchell (Chair) Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University
  • Lori Harrison-Kahan, Associate Professor of the Practice of English, Boston College
  • Tamara Harvey, Associate Professor of English, George Mason University

Edition Award

The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.


Edition Award 2015

Theresa Strouth Gaul

Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823 (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)



Edition Award 2015 Honorable Mention

Jennifer Putzi and Elizabeth Stockton

The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard (University of Iowa Press, 2012)


2015 Edition Award Selection Committee

  • Terry Novak, Professor of English, Chair of the Edition Award Selection Committee, Johnson & Wales University
  • Debby Rosenthal, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, John Carroll University
  • Seretha Williams, Professor of English, Georgia Regents University

SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award

SSAWW will present an award for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the 2015 SSAWW conference. This award brings recognition and a monetary prize. First- and second-place winners will be awarded a monetary prize and publicly recognized on the SSAWW website. (Note: this award is separate from the Legacy award.)

Papers are submitted after the conference and should include:
1) The paper presented (no more than 2500 words)
2) The name of your panel
3) Contact information (name, institution, degree program, email)

You are welcome to revise the paper from its conference form, but please do not exceed 2500 words.

Deadline: 1 December 2015

Award Announcement: March 2016

A committee of three SSAWW members reads the submissions and selects the award winner(s).

SSAWW 2015 Conference * Philadelphia, Sheraton Society Hill * November 4-8, 2015

SSAWW Website: http://

Conference Hashtag: #ssaww15                                      Twitter: @SSAWWrs

Message from Phyllis Cole, Margaret Fuller Society President

Message from Phyllis Cole, Margaret Fuller Society President

The Margaret Fuller Society has recently heard from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in East Cambridge Mass. about their drastic financial need.  This is Fuller’s birth home, the place where as a child she “stopped on the stairs, and asked, “How is it that I seem to be this Margaret Fuller?”  For over a century it has served as a settlement house to a multicultural, largely poor population–the only American author house serving such a purpose.

Now the Fuller Society is responding to an appeal from the MFH to help raise $10,000 toward urgently needed structural work on their foundation, damaged in last winter’s severe weather.  A foundation has pledged to match all contributions up to that amount received BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.  Our board has voted to contribute as a society, and we’re also informing our members of the possibility of contributing individually. Continue reading