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Two Willa Cather events in Red Cloud scheduled for May and June

Willa Cather in 1936.
Willa Cather in 1936.
From the Karl Van Vechten collection.

The Willa Cather Foundation will host two events over the next few weeks at its headquarters in Red Cloud, Nebraska, 145 miles—two-and-a half-hours by road—southwest of Lincoln.

The first is the Prairie Writers’ Workshop from May 20-23, 2010, with teacher-in-residence John T. Price . He will conduct four-hour workshops throughout the weekend. Sunday at 3 p.m. the Foundation will host a reception, during which Price will read from his collections, and attendees may share their work with the public.

Price was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1966. He earned a B.A. in Religion, an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. He teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a fellow at the Black Earth Institute. Price’s books include Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships (Da Capo Press, 2008) and Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands (University of Nebraska Press, 2004). He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and three sons in the Loess Hills of western Iowa.

General registration for the Prairie Writers’ Workshop is $50; student registration is $35. The fee includes the course, tour of historic sites, and the reception.

The second event is the Willa Cather Spring Conference, to be held June 3-5, 2010. Susan Meyer from Wellesley College will be the keynote speaker.

Presenters will include:

• Daryl Palmer of Regis University
• Jean Griffith of Wichita State University
• Phyllis Palmer of George Washington University
• Guy Reynolds of University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Andrew Jewell of University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Susan Maher of University of Nebraska Omaha
• Steven Trout of Fort Hays State University
• Steven Shively of Utah State University
• Robert Thacker of St. Lawrence University
• Ann Romines of George Washington University
• Kari Ronning of University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Richard Harris of The Webb Institute
• David Porter of Skidmore College
• John Murphy of Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Mike Adams, musician
• Susie Thorne Jazz Band

The Spring Conference offers an opportunity to learn more about the works, life and times of Willa Cather. A highlight of the conference will be a barn danced based on “The Bohemian Girl,”—Willa Cather’s short story that was first published in McClure’s in 1912—featuring the Smith Family Band and a homemade supper.

Although Willa Cather was born in Back Creek valley near Winchester, Virginia, she moved with her family at a young age to Red Cloud. She left the state after college, but many of her works such as O Pioneers!  (1913) and My Antonia (1918) are set in Nebraska. She won the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922).

The fastest way to register for these conferences is online at, or call 1-866-731-7304.

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