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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.

Monday, May 16, 2011
The 57th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference and the one-day scholarly symposium preceding it will be focused on Cather the poet, on poetry, and on today's poets from the...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Since 1987, the Willa Cather Foundation has awarded 29 scholarships totaling more than $ 140,000 through the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship program. This year marks the 25th...
Friday, February 25, 2011
On Friday, April 1, 2011 the Empire State Center for the Book inducted nine authors into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Willa Cather was among this prestigious...
Monday, February 7, 2011
In May 1916, Willa Cather wrote to her friend Mabel Dodge Luhan that she just had the luck of sharing a train with a very well-known actor. When the train stopped in...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Two longtime contributors to the Foundation recently joined forces to issue a challenge to Willa Cather devotees. The Willa Cather: Preserving our Past, Pioneering our Future...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Frozen plum pudding, anyone? Perhaps a French onion soup in which "there are nearly a thousand years of history"? Or some Swedish heirloom cookies? These and countless other...
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Willa Cather Foundation would like to invite you to attend this year's Prairie Writers' Workshop scheduled for May 20-23. This is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring...
Friday, March 26, 2010
The 12th International Seminar focused on Willa Cather's relationship to broader formations of cultural and literary modernism. Held in June, 2009, the Seminar took place in...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
"On my way East I broke my journey at Hastings, in Nebraska, and set off with an open buggy and a fairly good livery team to find the Cuzak farm. At a little past midday, I...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
"Food and Drink in Willa Cather's Writing" takes place June 3-5, 2010, in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and features Susan Meyer from Wellesley College as keynote speaker. Our biggest...

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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