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Call for Nominations: 2018 SSAWW Awards

2018 SSAWW Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was founded in 2000 in order to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. In support of that mission, the three awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goals to broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers, past and present. As we begin preparations for the 2018 SSAWW conference in Denver, this is a reminder of the SSAWW awards available. Once we have organized the selection committees for these awards, we will begin accepting nominations. Please keep a lookout on the SSAWW website and Facebook page for updated information by the end of August.

– Lifetime Achievement Award: The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded 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 the Vice President of Development from 2004 to 2009. Nominators should submit a CV and brief (250 to 500 word) letter of support in one PDF file to the Lifetime Achievement Award Chair by January 1, 2018; the chair will distribute all nominations to the committee members.

– 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 will recognize the monograph’s significant contributions to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the deadline for submission. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Edited collections and not eligible for the award. Nominators should contact the Book Award Chair by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to the committee members.

– Edition Award: The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference in order 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. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Both print and digital collections are welcome.

Nominators should contact the Edition Award Chair by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to each of the committee members.

SSAWW Business Meeting, May 26th, 2017 ALA

There will be a business meeting for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers at the American Literature Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, Friday, May 26, Session 11-K, 2:10-3:30pm.  The agenda is below.  If you are attending the conference, please join us for this meeting.

Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Business Meeting Agenda

May 26, 2017



Officer Reports

VP-Organizational Matters



VP-Membership and Finances

New Officers

Vice President of Publications—Jordan Von Cannon, Louisiana State University

SSAWW International

Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific, July 5-8, 2017, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

New Initiatives

2018 Conference, Nov

Conference Director

Program Director

Program Committee


Theme-Based Societies

Journal focused on 20th (post-1945) and 21st Century American Women Writers

SSAWW and Public Humanities

Other Items

SSAWW Annual Business Meeting at ALA in Boston, MA (Friday, May 26, 2017)

SSAWW Annual Business Meeting

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers invites members to attend its annual business meeting at the 28th Annual Conference on American Literature organized by the ALA in Boston, MA.  The SSAWW business meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 26, 2017, 2:10-3:30pm, Session 11-K.    If you are attending ALA, please plan to attend this meeting.

SSAWW Spring 2016 Newsletter now available

The Spring 2016 SSAWW Newsletter is available here:

SSAWW 17-1 Spring 2016

Please welcome our new officers as of July 31, 2016:


  • President: DoVeanna S. Fulton, University of Houston-Downtown, (single term) (term ends 2018).
  • Vice President of Organizational Matters: Sabrina Starnaman, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Leslie Allison, Temple University (single term; 2017) (supporting Conference Director)
  • Rickie-Ann Legleitner, Black Hills State University (single term; 2017) (supporting Associate Conference Director)
  • Vice President of Membership and Finances: Magda Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Vice President of Development: Christopher Varlack, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Vice President of Publications—Leslie Allison, Temple University
  • Jordan L. Von Cannon, Louisiana State University (single term; 2017) (supporting VP for Publications)

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:

Prizes: SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Awards Announced

SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Graduate Student Paper Awards, which recognize the exemplary work that graduate students presented at the recent SSAWW conference in Philadelphia, PA. This contest is separate from the best paper award sponsored by Legacy. Awards include a prize of $250 for first place and $150 for second place. 
The following winning papers were selected among 32 entries:
First place
Julia Dauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Maureen Cummins: Bookmaking and the Nineteenth-Century Archive”
Second place
Kimberly Farris, UNC Chapel Hill, “Educating the Nation: Pedagogical Nationalism and Female Utopias in Augusta Jane Evans’s Macaria
Honorable Mention 
Faune Albert, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “(Re)writing Histories in the Crossing: Natasha Trethewey and the Poetics of the Miscegenated Body”
Mark B. Kelley, University of California, San Diego, “‘An Offense without Feeling’: Confederate Pirates of Sympathy and Maria Cummins’s Haunted Hearts (1864).”
SSAWW thanks the 2015 Graduate Student Award Committee members: Conseula Francis (College of Charleston), Lisa West (Drake University), and Amy Hobbs Harris (Central State University). 
All 2015 award winners are recognized on SSAWW’s website:
Kristin J. Jacobson
Associate Professor of American Literature, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Stockton University

SSAWW CFP for MLA 2017 Special Session

American Women Writers’ Boundary Conditions

Special Session
Boundaries that define/challenge the category of American women writers, any period/genre. Special session proposed by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. 500 word abstract by 1 March 2016; Kristin J. Jacobson (
Please share and submit abstracts
Topics might include author(s), text(s), and/or teaching approach(es) that define/challenge:
  • the category of American “woman”:
    • a cisgender male or gender-queer author/text that should be included under the rubric of AWW
    • a cisgender female author/text that clarifies the (continued/strategic) essentialist need for scholarship on AWWs and/or who has been excluded from study;
  • the category of “American” woman:
    • the criterion that defines/should define a text/author as “American” within the field of AWW and our organization;
  • the categories of “American” and “woman” writer:
    • a text/author that helps define or challenges both core categories of the field.