Woolson Society Conference, April 4-7, 2019

Please join us for the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (near St. Augustine), April 4-7, 2018.

Presentations will include topics related to Woolson’s life and work as well as those of her contemporaries. All sessions will be held in the Woolson House at Rollins College.

Cost of registration is $215 and includes all sessions plus Thursday evening reception, lunch on Friday and Saturday, Friday night keynote dinner, and Saturday night dinner and riverboat cruise.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woolson-society-25th-anniversary-conference-making-her-presence-felt-in-the-world-tickets-54218765788

Call For Papers–American Literature Association

New Directions in Woolson Scholarship 


The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society welcomes proposals for a session at the next meeting of the American Literature Association, to be be held May 23-26, 2019, in Boston, MA.

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Woolson’s work, from “Rodman the Keeper” or “Miss Grief” to lesser-known works, such as Jupiter Lights and “Sister St. Luke.” We particularly welcome work that examines Woolson in new contexts, perhaps in connection with twentieth-century and/or non-American writers or utilizing new theoretical approaches. 

Please send a 200-250 word abstract to Anne Boyd Rioux (aeboyd@uno.edu) by January 25.

Almost Here

Anne Boyd Rioux’s Miss Grief and Other Stories and Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Artist are almost here. Both will be published by W. W. Norton on February 29. You can find more information, as well as links for pre-ordering at http://anneboydrioux.com/. Rioux is offering a free preview of Miss Grief and Other Stories for subscribers to her newsletter at https://tinyletter.com/abrioux.

Miss Grief and Other Stories

A new collection of Woolson’s stories, Miss Grief and Other Stories, will be published by W. W. Norton in Feb. 2016. There is a forward by the acclaimed novelist Colm Toibin and an introduction by Anne Boyd Rioux, who has also written a new biography of Woolson, to be published at the same time. More information about both books can be found here.

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Conference a Success

The eleventh biennial Woolson Society conference was held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-21, 2015. It was a resounding success, with 18 stellar papers, a lovely keynote, and a reading from the forthcoming biography of Woolson. Once again, the quality of the papers and the sociability of the “Woolites” was off the charts.

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It was particularly exciting to welcome new members to the society and to elect our first Vice President, Karin Hooks, who will serve with the continuing President, Anne Boyd Rioux, and replace her as President in two years. Details about the next conference, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017, will be announced as they become available. Many thanks to our intrepid conference organizer, Kathleen Diffley, for agreeing to make the on-site arrangements once again.

For more information, you can see the program and read Anne Boyd Rioux’s reflections on the conference.