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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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
“ I feel blessed that I’m from Red Cloud. There is exactly one small town in Nebraska that can claim one of the most famous authors in the world, so I’m happy to have the...
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A springtime tradition, the Willa Cather Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Norma Ross Walter and Antonette Willa Skupa Turner scholarships. Ashley...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Nebraska Writers Guild is pleased to announce its first annual Summer Poetry Retreat to be held June 10th-12th, 2016 at the Willa Cather Second Home in Red Cloud,...
Friday, April 22, 2016
You might spot a familiar landmark on the cover of Local Glories: Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet , by Ann Satterthwaite. The book, which charts the...
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Mark your calendars for the next International Cather Seminar, scheduled for June 11-17, 2017, at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University. During Cather's ten years in Pittsburgh,...
Monday, March 7, 2016
Join us in Red Cloud, for our 61st annual Spring Conference, June 2–4, 2016! As the world remembers the sacrifices made during the Great War, we gather to discuss the war’s...
Sunday, March 6, 2016
To further our educational mission, the Willa Cather Foundation has created the High School Educators Scholarship in 2016. Through this program, five high school educators...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Join us on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 pm Willa Cather wrote, “Where there is great love there are always miracles.” If you’ve been to an event in which our volunteers are...
Friday, December 11, 2015
We at the Willa Cather Foundation are proud to work with a board that supports the organization’s mission as effectively as ours does. It’s in this spirit of gratitude that...
Friday, December 11, 2015
With the final phase of construction successfully launched in September, a vibrant new life is in store for a once forgotten and dilapidated historic building adjacent to our...

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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