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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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Willa Cather Foundation has announced its plans to build the National Willa Cather Center, a public museum, archive, and arts and cultural center. The facility, which...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Mapping Literary Landscapes: Environments and Ecosystems June 5–7, 2014 | Red Cloud, Nebraska The Willa Cather Foundation is pleased to welcome Clay Jenkinson, popular...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Heralded as Willa Cather's first great novel, O Pioneers! is coming off of a banner year in 2013. Not only was the book named as the "One Book One Nebraska" selection, but...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
We are proud to announce the launch of Willa Cather's Red Cloud , our new, content-rich multimedia virtual tour of the sites that inspired Nebraska's foremost author. This...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Prairie Writers' Workshop, to be be held May 14 - 18, 2014 in Red Cloud, Nebraska. This year, our workshop will be led by poet and...
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Currently on view in the Red Cloud Opera House Gallery is an exhibition by Lincoln artist, Gary Pummel. Mr. Pummel utilizes a painting technique where both the oil paints and...
Monday, October 28, 2013
The Willa Cather Book Club has begun meeting again! Beginning with O Pioneers! (2013's One Book One Nebraska selection), the group plans to read a variety of Cather material...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Willa Cather's 140th birthday is Saturday, December 7th. As a way of celebrating her place in American culture and raising some financial support for her Foundation, would...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Willa Cather Foundation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Willa Cather's O Pioneers! with a special evening in Omaha featuring an art auction and O Pioneers!...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Willa Cather State Historic Site/Red Cloud Opera House is one of 80 attractions included in the 2013 Nebraska Passport. The program, created by the Nebraska Tourism...

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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