…to the website of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, more generally known as the Hemingway Society. We hope that if you have not joined the Society, you will decide to become a member now. Just click on Join and go from there. If you are already a member then click on Renew Membership to renew your membership, update your contact information and enjoy free access to The Hemingway Review and the archives of the Hemingway Newsletter published by the Society.

2016 Conference Housing

The 2016 Conference planning team is now negotiating a number of rooms at the
Carleton, from the motor court to Hemingway suites to double suites and standard
Room all for special rates. Same for the Write Inn, local B & B’s, as well as a block
of very low cost room on the Dominican University campus where most of
the academic program will be held.

Full details will follow soon, but no worries about the many housing options
including a list of downtown Chicago hotels with good access to Oak Park on
public transportation…

John W. Berry, Chairman,
Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and Site Coordinator
Alex Vernon, 2016 Conference Program Chair

UI’s English Department to
Celebrate Hemingway Fest March 3-5

From the University of Idaho website

Wednesday, February 25

The University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program’s Sixth Annual Hemingway Festival will honor the legacy of Ernest Hemingway and his connection to Idaho with a series of readings, a film and the Hemingway Feast from March 3-5.
The event begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 at BookPeople with UI Professor Ron McFarland reading from his new book “Appropriating Hemingway: Using Him as a Fictional Character,” followed by a screening at 3 p.m. of the film “Hemingway Adventures of a Young Man,” at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, followed at 5 p.m. by the Hemingway Cocktail Hour and Feast, catered by Gnosh with wine provided by Colter’s Creek Winery.

On Wednesday, March 4, University of Idaho Distinguished Visiting Writer Alison Hawthorne Deming will give a reading at the Kenworthy. The festival culminates on Thursday, March 5, with a reading by NoViolet Bulawayo, winner of the 2014 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for her novel “We Need New Names.” She will be introduced by University of Idaho MFA candidate and this year’s Hemingway Fellow Max Eberts, who will also read from his work. Both readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public except for the Hemingway Feast, which is a fundraising event for the Hemingway Fellowship, awarded every year to a third-year fiction student in UI’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Tickets for the Hemingway Feast are $85 and can be purchased online at the UI Marketplace (http://marketplace.uidaho.edu, then click on “The Hemingway Review” and then Hemingway Festival) or call 208-885-6156.

The Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award was established in 1976 by the late Mary Hemingway in honor of her husband Ernest Hemingway. The award, which includes an $8,000 cash prize, is given for a novel or book of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction.

The University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program has partnered with the Hemingway Foundation/PEN New England in the annual award. Each year, the winner visits the University of Idaho to read and meet with students, faculty and the community.

The University of Idaho Creative Writing Program attracts talented students from all over the country and abroad. The program is well known for its talented faculty of acclaimed writers, including Kim Barnes, Mary Blew, Ron McFarland, Daniel Orozco, Brandon Schrand, Alexandra Teague and Robert Wrigley.

2015 Board of Directors
Election Results

Dear Hemingway Society Members:
Happy New Year!
We are pleased to announce the results of our election for two Hemingway Society/Foundation Board members.
Kirk Curnutt Kirk Curnutt and Mark Cirino Mark Cirino
emerged as the two winners, each to serve a three-year term.
We thank Stacy Gooch, Allen Josephs, Michael Roos and Lisa Tyler for their willingness to run in this most competitive election. Many Society members commented on how this highly qualified slate of excellent candidates made for some difficult choices. Thank you for your participation in the election process.

Linda Miller, Nominations & Election Committee Chair
H. R. Stoneback, President

Oak Park Library Receives Grant
To Digitize and Share the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and Library Archives

In an email from:
John W. Berry,
Chairman, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park

Colleagues: We are very excited about this grant to digitize a share of materials held in the Hemingway archives at the Oak Park Public Library.

The Macelline Hemingway Sanford Collection of Hemingwayana a generous 1998 gift from the Sanfords (John, Jim and Carol) and the collection of Minneapolis Hemingway collector, the late Waring Jones, will be digitized for the first time and available through the Illinois Digital Archive and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) beginning later this year and concluding just ahead of the international Hemingway conference, July 17-22, 2016 in Oak Park and River Forest.

See details on the grant here: Oak Park Library to Digitize Ernest Hemingway Archives
Press Release: Oak Park Public Library Awarded $86,900 Grant to Digitize Hemingway Archives

PEN/Hemingway Fund Donation Challenge

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society wants to thank Steve Paul and Carol Zastoupil and everyone who contributed to their very generous matching grant, which has successfully raised $10,000 for the PEN/Hemingway Award! Thank you all so much!

These contributions to the PEN/Hemingway Fund help us to support the brightest new talents in American fiction and bring them the attention they deserve. This award has launched the careers of an impressive list of successful writers, including Marilynne Robinson, Lewis Begley, Jhumpa Lahiri, Joshua Ferris, Christopher Abani, Ben Fountain, Teju Cole, Chang-Rae Lee, Yiyun Li and, in 2014, NoViolet Bulawayo. The PEN/Hemingway Fund also allows us to pay a small stipend to the award judges, who consider over 300 books each year and have included such luminaries as Scott Turow, Oscar Hijuelos, Andre Dubus III, Ana Castillo, E. Annie Proulx, Russell Banks, Richard Russo, Gish Jen, and Dorothy Allison.

The Hemingway Society and Foundation board has committed to raising the profile of the PEN/Hemingway Award, a decision that entails a greater financial commitment to the awards program. We would like to raise an additional $20,000 per year to raise the award to $15,000, award $3,000 to each of the two finalists, and pay $3,000 to each of the three judges. We are so grateful to Steve and Carol and to everyone who helped to match their contribution. Thanks to you we have a terrific start toward our ultimate goal!

PEN/Hemingway Fund Donation Challenge
Make Your Contribution Count Double

On June 26, at the Hemingway in Venice conference, Steve Paul and Carol Zastoupil announced they would match donations to the PEN/Hemingway Fund up to a total of $5,000 this year, providing that contributions are made by the end of September, coinciding with the Hemingway Society membership renewal period.

One of the most significant activities of the Hemingway Foundation is to support the annual PEN/Hemingway literary award. Mary Hemingway helped inaugurate the award in 1976 to honor the first book of fiction by an author. The Ernest Hemingway Foundation partners with PEN New England, which administers the award, and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, which hosts the annual awards ceremony. The award has launched the careers of an astounding list of successful writers, including Marilynne Robinson, Lewis Begley, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Ferris, Christopher Abani, Ben Fountain, Teju Cole, Yiyun Li and, in 2014, NoViolet Bulawayo.

We encourage you to include a generous donation to the PEN/Hemingway Fund when you join or renew your membership online or donate by check made out to the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and mail to:
              Professor Carl Eby, The Hemingway Society
              C/O Department of English, 200 Sanford Hall
              Appalachian State University
              Boone, NC 28608

Please take a moment to consider taking part in this extra effort to support one of the Society and Foundation’s most important activities.

2014-2015 Annual Elections Announced

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation/Society begins its fall 2014 elections with a call for nominations for two Board of Directors positions (three-year terms).

Board members should be willing to attend the annual Board meeting (often held in conjunction with the American Literature Association’s annual conference and the Society’s biennial conference), and they should be prepared to take on assigned responsibilities in keeping with the ongoing mission of the Foundation/Society to promote interest and scholarship in the works of Ernest Hemingway.

Any current society member should feel free to self-nominate or to nominate a candidate (Society members only) for these positions. Each nomination will require another member to second the nomination, and please make sure that the individual being nominated is willing to run. Each individual nominated will be asked to provide a short biographical narrative (approx. 250-300 words) to accompany the ballot.

The nomination period will run between September 1 to October 15, and paper ballots will go out to all Society members on November 1 with a voting deadline of December 31.

Please e-mail all nominations to the chair of the nominating committee, Linda Miller (LPM2@psu.edu) and be sure to include the nominees’ contact information.

Oak Park Chosen to Host 2016 Conference

The largest gathering of Hemingway scholars and fans from all over the world will take place in Oak Park in July 2016 when The Hemingway Foundation and Society hosts the 17th biennial international conference in Hemingway’s home town.

Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park Chairman, John W. Berry, who attended the international conference in June 2014 in Venice, Italy said: “The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is excited to be selected to host the 2016 international Hemingway Conference in collaboration with Dominican and Concordia Universities. We have planned terrific venues in Oak Park, River Forest and Chicago for all conference speakers and attendees. Society President, Harry Stoneback, said ‘the Oak Park proposal was very well received by the Society’s Board and they selected it with pleasure and excitement.”

Founded in 1980 at Thompson Island in Boston Harbor by a group of Hemingway scholars assembled for a conference near the John F. Kennedy Library (the principal repository of Hemingway manuscripts and memorabilia), the society hosts a biennial conference alternating between North America and abroad.

After the death of Mary Hemingway in 1986, Ernest’s sons Patrick and John Hemingway generously invited the Society to assume the resources, duties and functions of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, which existed “for the purposes of awakening, sustaining an interest in, promoting, fostering, stimulating, supporting, improving and developing literature and all forms of literary composition and expression.”

The Society presently has 600 members. In addition to publishing The Hemingway Review and coordinating major book projects on Ernest Hemingway, including a projected 17 volumes of Hemingway’s letters, the Society also administers the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first book of fiction, and provides grants to encourage research and writing on Ernest Hemingway.

2013 Ballots

The Hemingway Society is delighted to announce that H. R. (“Stoney”) Stoneback has been elected president for the 2014-2017 term. Gail Sinclair and Linda Patterson Miller have been elected to trustee positions for the same span.

New Editor of The Hemingway Review Announced

Susan Beegel, Susan Beegeleditor of The Hemingway Review, has announced her intention to retire effective 30 June 2014. The Spring 2014 issue, Volume 33.2, will be her last. Says Susan: “While Hemingway studies and Hemingway colleagues will always be a special part of my life, after 22 years—and 44 issues—I think the journal and I will both be ready for new directions.”

At its annual board meeting, held on 23 May 2013 at the American Literature Association conference, the Board of the Hemingway Society voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Suzanne del Gizzo as the next editor of The Hemingway Review.

Suzanne del GizzoWith a Ph.D. in English from Tulane University and an Associate Professorship at Chestnut Hill College, Suzanne is eminently qualified to edit The Hemingway Review. She has significant editorial experience, with two co-edited anthologies to her credit: Ernest Hemingway in Context (with Debra Moddelmog, Cambridge UP, 2013) and Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden: 25 Years of Criticism (with Frederic Svoboda, Kent State UP, 2012). Her editorial work has also included assembling two highly regarded special sections for The Hemingway Review (one on Hemingway and Frost and another on teaching The Garden of Eden). A fine scholar, she has published twenty articles on Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and 20th-century American literature in a number of distinguished venues, including the Review. She has evaluated submissions and reviewed books for our journal, while her three years of work reviewing annual publications on Hemingway and Fitzgerald for American Literary Scholarship have given her a sense of what other journals are up to.

Suzanne is well-known and well-respected by the Hemingway community. Her service to the Society has been exemplary. She organized our ALA and MLA programs from 2007-2011, is serving her third term as a board member, and co-directed the Society’s highly successful international conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. As an administrator, she’s both innovative and competent, as well as a cheerful, approachable consensus-builder.

The Board believes that Suzanne will bring a wealth of fresh ideas and new enthusiasm to the journal. “I am honored and excited to serve the Society in this way. My principal goal will be to maintain the extremely high standards Susan has established for the Review so that it continues to be the premier journal for Hemingway scholarship,” says del Gizzo.

Both editor and editor-elect will be working closely together to insure a smooth transition. Authors with work accepted through Spring 2014 will continue to work with Susan, while Suzanne takes over evaluating submissions for future issues. Updated contributor guidelines will be available on the Hemingway Society website on 1 July 2013. Suzanne can be reached for questions at thehemingwayreview@gmail.com.

Board Makes Changes to the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships

The Hemingway Society Board agreed at its May 2013 meeting to open up the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships to all scholars regardless of rank, although preference will continue to be shown to applications from graduate students, independent scholars, and recent Ph.D.’s. Current plans are to award two $1000 Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships in 2014; as donations to this fund increase, additional fellowships will be awarded annually. For more information about the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships, please see the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships page. To donate to the fund, please go to the Donation page.