Annual American Literature Association Conference

The 31st annual American Literature Association conference in San Diego, CA, scheduled for May 21-24, 2020, was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 32nd annual American Literature Association conference was postponed to July 2021 in Boston, MA. Because of health and travel concerns, the Executive Committee of the Katherine Anne Porter Society decided not to participate in 2021. The Society’s planned session, “Katherine Anne Porter: Out of the Archives,” will be presented at the 33rd conference. The papers on the panel, chaired by Beth Alvarez, will include “The Correspondence between Katherine Anne Porter and Janice Biala” by Alice Cheylan, Université de Toulon, France; “The History Behind the Iconic George Platt Lynes Image of Katherine Anne Porter” by Jerry Findley, Independent Scholar; and “The Ship of This World on Its Voyage to Eternity:” Allegories of Ecological Apocalypse in Katherine Anne Porter’s Ship of Fools,” by Lydia Nixon, Indiana University. Lydia Nixon was awarded the first Katherine Anne Porter Graduate Student Paper Award in 2020. Amber Kohl, University of Maryland, will serve as the respondent.

“Katherine Anne Porter: Out of the Archives” will take place at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL, on Thursday, May 26, 2022 from Noon to 1:20 pm.  The Society’s business meeting will follow this session. Members and interested individuals are invited for lunch at the Marq, 60 West Adams Street, a short walk from the Palmer House.  The business meeting will be conducted during lunch.  Please contact Beth Alvarez,, if you plan to join the party for lunch.

Katherine Anne Porter Society Graduate Student Paper Award

The Katherine Anne Porter Society is pleased to invite submissions for its biannual Graduate Student Paper Award. Interested applicants should submit an article-length (15-25 page) paper on any Katherine Anne Porter topic. The winner, who will be announced on December 1, 2022, will be invited to present a shortened form of the paper at the annual Katherine Anne Porter Society Session at the 2023 American Literature Association Conference. The award-winning paper will be featured in an article of the Katherine Anne Porter Society Newsletter. The award also brings a monetary prize of $500. Please email submissions as Word attachments to Jerry Findley at by June 30, 2022.

The Newsletter of the Katherine Anne Porter Society

All published issues of the Newsletter of the Katherine Anne Porter Society are  available under Society Publications.”

Call for Katherine Anne Porter news and articles

Members are invited to submit news and articles for the Web site and newsletter. Please contact Amber Kohl at