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 Katherine Anne Porter Society’s planned session, “Katherine Anne Porter: Out of the Archives,” will be presented at the 32nd conference in Boston, MA, May 2021.  The papers on the panel, chaired by Beth Alvarez, will include “Katherine Anne Porter: Letters from Berlin, 1931-1932” by Joseph Kuhn, University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznań, Poland; “The Correspondence between Katherine Anne Porter and Janice Biala” by Alice Cheylan, Université de Toulon, France; and “Intuition and Telepathy: How the Chance Encounter of George Platt Lynes with Katherine Anne Porter Created the Iconic Image of Shared Artistry and Lasting Friendship”  by Jerry Findley, Independent Scholar.  Amber Kohl, University of Maryland, will serve as the respondent.

The Society intends to sponsor a second session at the May 2021 conference.  It will feature the graduate student paper awarded the first Katherine Anne Porter Graduate Student Paper Award. Jerry Findley will chair this session and invites papers on any topic on Katherine Anne Porter.   Please send a 200-word proposal and a brief biographical statement to  Jerry Findley at by December 1, 2020. Information about the Porter activities planned for the conference will be posted on the society’s Web site.

Katherine Anne Porter Society Graduate Student Paper Award

The Katherine Anne Porter Society is pleased to invite submissions for our annual 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, 2021, will be invited to present a shortened form of the paper at the annual Katherine Anne Porter Society Session at the American Literature Association Conference and will be featured in an article of the Katherine Anne Porter Society Newsletter. The award also brings a monetary prize of $250. Please email submissions as Word attachments to Jerry Findley at by June 30, 2021.

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