Invitation to the April 24 Meeting


Invitation to attend the Spring 2010 meeting of the American Women Writers Research Group

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to be a discussant and participant in the Spring 2010 meeting of the American Women Writers Research Group for the Northwest Region.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, April 24 from 11am-5:30pm in the Bundy Reading Room, ground floor of Avery Hall, on the Washington State University Campus in Pullman, Washington.

The topic of the reading list for our discussion is “Anthologies and Critical Editions.” Christina Roberts (Seattle University) and Michelle Fankhauser (Washington State University) have compiled the list.  We will be discussing selections from texts by Mourning Dove and Julia Ward Howe.  See the blog entry below for the reading list and links to PDFs of the readings.  At the April 24 meeting, we will discuss the scholarly significance of the texts on our reading list, their place in the history of women writers, and ideas about teaching them.

The Washington State University Department of English and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers have generously offered to sponsor this meeting.  WSU English is providing our meeting room, and WSU English and SSAWW will be funding lunch and afternoon refreshments for our day of discussion.

Please send an RSVP email by April 10 ( to let us know if you plan to attend, and if you can make the dinner after the meeting, as we need to inform the caterers and restaurant of our numbers.  We look forward to seeing you at the Pullman Campus for what we hope will be a useful and engaging discussion!


Michelle Fankhauser (, Donna Campbell (, and Amber Lapiana (


11-12pm: visit to WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) ( – Curator Trevor Bond has graciously agreed to meet with us and let us view the collected papers of Mourning Dove.  The MASC is on the ground floor of the Holland-Terrell Library.

12-1pm:  Lunch–Participants will gather in the Bundy Reading Room for lunch and conversation

1-2pm: Introductions and Conversation with Gary Williams – Gary Williams, Professor and Department Chair of English at the University of Idaho, will join us to discuss his discovery and subsequent publication of Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite and its current inclusion in the Heath Anthology.  Professor Williams will make his comments and then take questions from the group.

2-3pm:  Discussion

3-3:30pm:  Coffee and dessert break

3:30-5:30pm:  Discussion and Business

6-8pm:  Dinner at The Black Cypress (215 E Main Street, Pullman)

The meeting starts a bit late in the day to accommodate participants who are coming from some distance.


We hope you can join us for dinner after the meeting at the Black Cypress in Pullman.  When you email to RSVP to the meeting, please let us know whether you plan to attend dinner or not.  The restaurant has a blog that is slightly out of date but still gives you an idea of the menu:

Accommodations in Pullman:

The Pullman Chamber of Commerce website, which lists all the hotels in Pullman:

Travel to Pullman:

Tacoma is served by Spokane airport (, which has car rentals and shuttle/taxi service to Pullman.

Information about traveling to the Washington State University Campus can be found at

Driving directions can be found here (we’re meeting on the WSU campus in the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall):

WSU campus map:

WSU web site:

WSU Campus Parking (the easiest and lest expensive option is to park in the garage under the Holland-Terrell Library – this is where the MASC is and it is a short walk to Avery Hall from there):

And see the blog entry below for even more information on Pullman.

If you need any additional information about the meeting or your travel, you can contact:

Michelle Fankhauser (, Donna Campbell (, or Amber Lapiana (


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