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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.

Who We Are and What We Do

Mary Walsh HemingwayThe Ernest Hemingway Foundation was established in 1965 by Mary Hemingway, Ernest’s widow, “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.” Within that context, the Foundation’s activities have emphasized “the promotion, assistance and coordination of scholarship and studies relating to the works and life of the late Ernest Hemingway.”

In 1980 at Thompson Island in Boston Harbor, a group of Hemingway scholars assembled for a conference near the John F. Kennedy Library (the principal repository of Hemingway manuscripts and memorabilia) formed the Hemingway Society. I was delighted then, as a young Hemingway scholar, to participate in the founding of the Society. And for 34 years as a member–as a conference director and member of the Board of Trustees, as an enthusiastic supporter of the vision and work of the Hemingway Society–that initial delight has reverberated, resounded and multiplied many times over.

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.

Since that time, the Foundation, as run by the Society, has taken the lead in advancing Hemingway studies. Among other things, we

  • Edit and publish The Hemingway Review, which appears semi-annually in the spring and fall. This outstanding journal is edited by Suzanne del Gizzo, and is mailed free to members of the Society.

  • Publish The Hemingway Newsletter. A complete archive of all issues is available online to Society members.

  • Hold biennial International Conferences in even-numbered years, generally alternating overseas sites with those in the United States.

  • Award annually one or two $1,000 Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Fellowships to support research and writing on the work and life of Ernest Hemingway. These competitive awards are made to Society members with worthy projects, and are funded in honor of the memory of three outstanding leaders in the Society: Paul Smith, our founding president, Michael S. Reynolds, Hemingway biographer who was president until shortly before his death in August 2000 and Robert Lewis who was also a founding member and multi-term President of the Society.

  • Sponsor and fund the annual PEN/Hemingway Award for the best first book of fiction. This award is presented at the Kennedy Library in Boston each spring. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000 and a one-week residency in the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. The 2014 Hemingway/PEN Award winner is NoViolet Bulawayo
    for her first book of fiction, We Need New Names. A list of previous award winners may be found here. The Society works closely with the Hemingway collection at the Kennedy Library in other ways as well, for example by evaluating applications from scholars seeking to do research among the treasure trove of manuscripts assembled there.

  • Organize and chair sessions on Hemingway at both the MLA (Modern Language Association) and ALA (American Literature Association) annual meetings, where members of the Hemingway Society have an opportunity to present papers and participate in panels.

  • Supervise major book projects, including the complete collection (or nearly so) of Hemingway’s letters and a full-text version of his Africa book.

  • Above all, encourage the reading and appreciation of the writing of Ernest Hemingway, and the fellowship of his admirers. In short, there are many reasons for Hemingway scholars and enthusiasts to join the Society.

Please join us in the important work of the Hemingway Society.

Now, as we prepare to gather for the XVI Biennial Hemingway Conference, I thank and salute everyone who has been working hard to make a splendid conference in Venice: our conference co-directors, Mark Cirino and Mark Ott; our site director in Venice, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi; the Board of Trustees of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation & Society; all our members busy polishing their paper presentations to perfection–indeed all who will be in Venice to affirm their devotion to Hemingway studies. And if you cannot make it to Venice, we will miss you and see you at the next conference.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon in “La Serenissima”–with so many compelling events scheduled, don’t forget to attend the Annual Meeting on Monday afternoon, where exciting announcements about new Society initiatives and future conference sites will be made. Onward to Venice and beyond!

My grandmother taught me never to mention, only to live, certain words; but she will forgive me if I echo Hemingway and say, with humility and true pride–

Yours for the Hemingway Society,
H. R. Stoneback, President

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.