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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, December 7, 2015
Ask anyone who works at the Willa Cather Foundation (WCF) what his/her favorite part of the work is, and s/he will say that it’s the relationships we get to build with people...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
As Cather fans around the world celebrate the publication centenary of The Song of the Lark , the Willa Cather Foundation is pleased to announce a student essay contest based...
Monday, September 21, 2015
Thanks to a Learning Experiences grant of $111,479 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a new educational exhibit will be designed and installed within the...
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 2, 2015) – Nebraska author Willa Cather wrote some of the most unforgettable fiction of the 20th century including the novels My Ántonia and O Pioneers...
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
“Both Bitter and Sweet”: Cather, Literature, and the Great War CALL FOR PAPERS The years 2014–2018 mark the centennial of the First World War and represent a time to re-...
Friday, July 24, 2015
2015 was a very special year for the Willa Cather Foundation’s annual Spring Conference. As we celebrated our 60th Spring Conference in Red Cloud, we also welcomed the return...
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Dr. Virgil Albertini and his wife Dolores first visited Red Cloud in the 1970s on a road trip from Maryville, Missouri, over Thanksgiving break. During the visit, they...
Thursday, July 2, 2015
On June 5, the Willa Cather Foundation honored its 2015 scholarship recipients. In addition to awarding the Norma Ross Walter and Antonette Willa Skupa Turner scholarships, a...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
As they placed their shovels in the dirt on June 5, leadership of the Willa Cather Foundation and acclaimed historian and guest Richard Norton Smith celebrated an important...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Nebraska Tourism Commission presents the 80 featured stops in the 2015 Nebraska Passport Program. The Passport program encourages travelers to explore Nebraska, collect...

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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