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Visit this page often for the latest Cather-related news as well as information about the Willa Cather Foundation's programs, collections, and events.

Friday, September 28, 2018
As we began celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Cather’s My Ántonia in the first 2018 issue of the Willa Cather Review , we asked thirty widely varied...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Willa Cather Foundation was honored to receive a Governor’s Arts Award for Organizational Achievement at the Nebraska Arts Council’s celebratory event on May 8th. The...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
As we commemorate the centennial of My Ántonia , the Willa Cather Foundation would like to announce a special project that examines the life of the woman behind Cather’s...
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Sarah Orne Jewett once wrote to Willa Cather that “the thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper—whether little or...
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Willa Cather Foundation is gearing up for a year-long celebration of the publication centenary of one of Cather’s most widely read novels, My Ántonia . “For many people,...
Saturday, June 3, 2017
The newly opened National Willa Cather Center is an arts and cultural center that serves as a living memorial to renowned writer, Willa Cather. Located in Cather’s childhood...
The Fine Things of Youth tells the haunting story of a brief, misbegotten affair between an impressionable young music student, Lucy Gayheart, and a charismatic singer,...
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Willa Cather Foundation, along with a global community of scholars and lovers of classic American literature, recognize that Willa Cather’s work is as appreciated and...
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
We are honored and pleased that our National Willa Cather Center has recently received two awards to recognize the extensive work that was completed to restore the historic...
Friday, October 13, 2017
Cather Symposium: Ireland June 28–July 1, 2018 Limavady and Derry, Northern Ireland Hosted by Ulster University and the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, and Sponsored by...

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Send Us Your Ántonia Story

As we began celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Cather’s My Ántonia in the first 2018 issue of the Willa Cather Review, we asked thirty widely varied readers—fans, scholars, neighbors, students, Cather and Pavelka relatives, and many others—to send us their Ántonia stories, telling us why this beloved novel is important to them. (To download this issue, click on Learn above.) As these stories arrived in my mailbox, I was amazed and delighted and moved by them. I was surprised by how different they were, and by how they spoke to each other. It was like sitting in on a lively and heartfelt conversation. I wanted to hear more—and perhaps to chime in with my own story.

As our year of celebrating Cather’s great novel continues, we want to keep that conversation going. So we’re asking you to send us your own Ántonia story, telling us why this book is special and important to you. For the remaining months of the centenary year, we’ll publish those stories, right here on our website. Your personal story may be as long or short (average length is about 400 words) and as formal or informal as you like. We want to hear your voice, as we begin a second hundred years of conversation about My Ántonia. Send your story, and any questions you might have, to me, at annrom3@verizon.net.

See below, for our first new story in this online series, from a young Mexican immigrant woman now attending college in the U.S. More stories will follow—including yours, we hope!

Ann Romines, Issue Editor, Willa Cather Review