Hemingway Society Call for Papers for Wyoming Conference (July 19-26, 2020)

A Place to Write, Writing Place

XIX International Hemingway Conference

Experience and Explore Hemingway's Wyoming and Montana

JULY 19-26, 2020


Presentations and panels on all aspects of Hemingway Studies are welcome. The above conference title and following list are suggestive rather than definitive, though they do represent the broad scope of the conference and post-conference essay collection:

  • Hemingway’s time in the Rocky Mountains—Wyoming, Montana and Idaho in which Hemingway worked on some of his most celebrated works, including A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death in the Afternoon and To Have and Have Not—Impact of land and people on his works

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls—80th Anniversary w/emphasis on Robert Jordan from Red Lodge, Montana up the road from Cooke City.

  • A Farewell to Arms—90th Anniversary—w/emphasis on impact of WWI on this writing

  • Regional Hemingway Locales—Sheridan and the Bighorn Mountains—Sun Valley, Idaho—Cooke City and Yellowstone area

  • Hemingway and religion—especially Catholicism in the 1930’s

  • The intersection of Western archetypes in Hemingway’s works

  • Hemingway’s experience of writing—the West as a place of comfort (a second home) or dislocation (homelessness)—writing landscape and the conflation of place (Rock Mountain West. Africa, Spain, Cuba)

  • Hemingway’s family life in the 1930s—fathers/fatherhood, marriage, child rearing, divorce, infidelity

  • Hemingway as Sportsman/Adventurer/Naturalist—Fisherman—Big game hunter—Bull aficionado—Outdoorsman—early Ecologist

  • Hemingway, race, ethnicity, and indigenous people

  • Hemingway as Icon shaping his own mythology in the West—Hemingway’s view of Western identity in historical context—Early to mid-20th century perceptions of the West

  • Hemingway’s Legacy in the West—Why Hemingway still resonates in the rural mountain West and Southwest

  • Authors Working in the Region While Hemingway Was Here—e.g. Owen Wister

  • Hemingway’s influence on contemporary Western writers—Box, Burke, Johnson, McCafferty, and others

Send 250-word abstracts and 40-word professional bio to Larry Grimes by email lgrimes@bethanywv.edu (link sends e-mail)or post (12415 Road 40.5, Mancos, Colorado 81328), by October 15th, 2019.

For questions about accessibility or accommodations, please contact Krista Quesenberry at accessibility@hemingwaysociety.org (link sends e-mail).

If you are a graduate student and member of the Hemingway Society, you will automatically be considered for a Hinkle Travel Grant based on your abstract if you indicate your graduate student status with your submission.

Hemingway Society Provides Overview for 2020 Conference in Wyoming & Montana

XIX International Hemingway Conference

Experience and Explore Hemingway's Wyoming and Montana

JULY 19-26, 2020

Present, experience, explore!

The 2020 International Hemingway Conference provides both new scholarship and an opportunity to experience and explore Hemingway’s Rocky Mountain West. There will be two venues: Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming (July 19-22) and Cooke City, Montana (July 24-26.) Thursday, July 23 will be a travel day with a chance to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody.

Hemingway arrived by Model-T in Sheridan in 1928 shortly after the birth of his son, Patrick. He left wife and child in search of a quiet place to finish writing A Farewell to Arms. His first stop, the Folly Ranch proved too full of distractions. He fared little better on the third floor of the Sheridan Inn. Finally, in a cabin in the Big Horns he found the place he was looking for. Places to visit. Places to explore.

He went West again in 1930 and travelled across Wyoming to the L-T ranch just outside Cooke City, Montana. It was then, and still is, wild country—spectacularly beautiful, a bit intimidating, and bereft of some 21st Century amenities (don’t expect your cell phone to work!). Buffalo sometimes wander into town from nearby Yellowstone. Inside the Park you will be stopped by buffalo, see grizzlies, elk mountain sheep and, perhaps, a wolf. Plan to enjoy the whole area.

Read the entire (and updating) conference overview:


Hemingway Highways Allows User to Experience 'Hemingway's Wyoming' Writes Author Tamara Linse

If you love Ernest Hemingway, there’s no substitute for standing where he stood, the green expanse of the rolling plains stretching out before you, the blue toothy peaks with their white caps looming in the distance, the melodic whistling dee-dee-dadi-didle-ip of the meadowlarks sounding all around you, the air fresh with the recent rain, the sun warm on your shoulders, anticipating an afternoon’s fishing, a hearty dinner, and your friends at the bar.

Now you can experience Hemingway’s Wyoming for yourself, thanks to Explore Hemingway, a yearlong celebration of the writer’s life and work developed by Sheridan College, Wyoming Humanities, the Ucross Foundation, and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities. An especially interesting aspect of the project is Hemingway Highways, an audio auto tour, with photos and a map narrated by Hemingway’s granddaughter Mariel. The tour in north-central Wyoming stretches 40 miles along a good but winding highway from Sheridan to Big Horn to Buffalo. The tour can take a mere two hours but is best savored for a full day.

Read Tamara Linse’s full article in Humanities Magazine (Summer 2019 edition)


CSPAN Spotlights Sheridan, Wyoming, Including Ernest Hemingway's Time in the Town

SHERIDAN — Familiar faces and places in Sheridan will be featured on C-SPAN this weekend as part of the national television network’s Cities Tour.

A team from C-SPAN visited Sheridan County during Rodeo Week in mid-July, interviewing community members in various historic and cultural locations. Plan your viewing with the schedule below.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 | Introduction to Sheridan

Mayor Roger Miller will kick off “Sheridan Weekend” with an interview on Friday between 5-8 a.m. on the local Spectrum channels 18 and 617.  His segment will also be available to view online here

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 | Literary life

On Saturday, C-SPAN will showcase Sheridan’s nonfiction literary offerings, featuring local authors such as Tom Ringley on the history of ranching and Sheridan WYO Rodeo, Judy Slack on Ernest Hemingway’s time in the area, Sam Western on his book “Pushed Off the Mountain, Sold Down the River” and more.

This will be aired on Spectrum channels 19 and 618 at 10 a.m.

Read the complete story in The Sheridan Press:


Natrona County Library to Host "In Our Time" Book Discussion

One Book Wyoming: Hemingway’s “In Our Time”


September 9, 2019 @ 10:13 pm – October 23, 2019 @ 11:13 pm


307 E. 2nd St. Casper
WY 82601


(307) 577-7323


Beginning Tuesday, September 3, patrons can pick up their copy of this year’s One Book Wyoming. One Book Wyoming invites all of Wyoming to read and talk about a single book or author. In conjunction with Sheridan College and Wyoming Humanities’ multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant, “Creating Humanities Communities along the Hemingway Highway”, the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Humanities have selected Hemingway’s first short story collection, “In Our Time,” as 2019’s One Book Wyoming.

The Natrona County Library will host Hemingway expert, Charles Fournier, for an “In Our Time” book discussion and a talk about Hemingway’s connection to Wyoming next month on October 19. Stop by the library to pick up your free copy of the book. Call 577-7323 for more information.


Park County Library To Host "In Our Time" Book Discussion

Name: Ernest Hemingway "In Our Time" Book Discussion

Date: September 21, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM MDT

Website: http://parkcountylibrary.org

Event Description:

In conjunction with Sheridan College and Wyoming Humanities’ multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant—“Creating Humanities Communities along the Hemingway Highway”—the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Humanities have selected Hemingway’s first short story collection In Our Time (1925) as 2019’s One Book Wyoming.

The Park County Public Library in Cody is hosting a discussion of "In Our Time" in Grizzly Hall on September 21, 2019. Hemingway had many connections to Wyoming and spent time in Cody, where he stayed at the Chamberlin Inn, and fishing on the Clark's Fork.


2019 One Book Wyoming Features Hemingway Short Story Collection

2019 One Book Wyoming, a program administered by the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Humanities, will feature Hemingway’s 1925 short story collection, In Our Time

The great 20th century writer Ernest Hemingway had many connections to Wyoming. He completed his novel A Farewell to Arms at Spear-O-Wigwam, the Spear Family Ranch near Sheridan, in 1928, and would use his interactions with Sheridan residents for his short story “Wine of Wyoming.” He spent time at the L Bar T Ranch near Cody, working on his book Death in the Afternoon in 1930 and then To Have and Have Not in 1936. Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn married at the Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Cheyenne in 1940. He maintained a strong friendship with the Coopers (of the Cooper House mansion that is now the American Studies department on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie). Through all his stays in Wyoming, Hemingway took advantage of the state’s fishing and hunting, leading to Hemingway-related newspaper headlines such as “Damn You…So Let’s Go Fishing” and “Burn Horse for Bait.”

In conjunction with Sheridan College and Wyoming Humanities’ multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant—“Creating Humanities Communities along the Hemingway Highway”—the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Humanities have selected Hemingway’s first short story collection In Our Time (1925) as 2019’s One Book Wyoming.

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Hemingway Highways GPS-Activated Smartphone Driving Tour

Hemingway Highways explores the author’s time in the Bighorn Mountains and some other towns in the north-central part of the state, but Hemingway especially loved Sheridan. It often served as his home base when he was in the area.

Hemingway would stay at the Sheridan Inn between his forays to guest ranches in the Bighorn Mountains where he would hunt and fish. Hemingway’s original idea was to hole up at the inn to finish his World War I novel, A Farewell to Arms, but it turned out that Sheridan — a happening place for Wyoming in 1928 — had too many noises and distractions.

One of those distractions was just around the corner. Hemingway is said to have frequented the Mint Bar on North Main Street to drink and play poker. And remember that 1928 fell within the years of Prohibition. It’s almost impossible to imagine now, but alcohol was illegal nationwide. However, the Mint never closed during Prohibition’s 13 years. It rebranded as a soda and cigar shop and quietly served alcohol out of its backroom speakeasy.

When Hemingway wasn’t out drinking at the Mint Bar, he may have been down the street at Sheridan’s Lotus Theater — now the WYO theater — watching a movie or one of the vaudeville acts it was famous for. He could catch a film there and not be recognized or bothered by strangers as he might have been in a larger city. His first novel, The Sun Also Rises, had been published in 1926, and the young author was something of a celebrity. He was known to have taken breaks from his writing to see movies at the Lotus.

If the walls, streets (and bartenders’ ghosts) of this “cowboy town” near the Montana border could talk, they would tell tales of Hemingway.

Explore This Tour Remotely!


Sheridan Press: Lisa Ko Reading at Sheridan College

I first heard Lisa Ko speak about immigration on a hot summer night in 2016 at Greenlight, my then-neighborhood bookstore in Brooklyn. The author was reading an early excerpt from her first novel, “The Leavers,” which had just won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was slated to be published the following year. 

Three years later, I was thrilled to hear the author speak again on a chilly spring night here in my hometown. Ko, currently in residence at Ucross, addressed a packed room at Whitney Center for the Arts on Thursday. She read again from “The Leavers,” which has picked up more awards and accolades, then discussed the story with Sheridan College’s Sarah Jo Heuck Sinclair.

Follow the link to read Caitlin Addlesperger’s Complete Story:


Wyoming State Library Announces 2019's One Book Wyoming

In conjunction with Sheridan College and Wyoming Humanities’ multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant, “Creating Humanities Communities along the Hemingway Highway”, the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Humanities have selected Hemingway’s first short story collection, In Our Time (1925), as 2019’s One Book Wyoming.

This collection covers a number of different topics—World War I, fatherhood and family, war’s impact on soldiers, humans’ relationship with nature—which will allow libraries to tailor discussions to their communities’ interest. Wyoming Humanities will provide funds for libraries that wish to use a discussion leader.

Visit Wyoming Humanities’ Hemingway page to find out more. And learn more about Hemingway’s time in Wyoming by checking out this page from WyoHistory.org.

Questions about One Book Wyoming? Contact Cary Dunlap at cary.dunlap1@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6338.

Lew Freedman: "Hemingway in Wyoming: Writer fished Clarks Fork, stayed in Cody"

“The native trout were sleek, shining and heavy and nearly all of them leaped when they took the fly.” – Ernest Hemingway, “The Clark’s Fork Valley.”

For a man who led a messy life, Ernest Hemingway had neat penmanship.

As befits someone regarded as perhaps the greatest American writer, his signature does not require squinting or deciphering.

Ground zero for little-known Hemingway episodes in Wyoming can be pinpointed to the Chamberlin Inn in downtown Cody where he spent two nights in October of 1932.

The large book register he signed with his artistic autograph is preserved under glass near the bar. Hemingway gave his address as Key West, Fla.

There is an Ernest Hemingway room in the 1907 inn that manager Bill McPherson said is “our most specifically requested room.”

Copies of Hemingway books line a desk and the wall features a framed telling of Hemingway’s stay, a picture of the writer, and a letter from a friend explaining his fascination with the area.

It reads in part, “Hemingway loved Wyoming and told friends that the best fishing in the world was at the Clark’s Fork Branch (of the Yellowstone River).”

Read Lew Freedman’s Complete Story in the Cody Enterprise:


Darla Worden: "Living Like Ernest Hemingway in Sheridan, Wyoming"

Ernest Hemingway made his first trip to the West in the summer of 1928 to Sheridan, Wyoming. He wanted to escape the “squalation” of a crying baby, as he called it, after his second wife Pauline gave birth to their son Patrick, and to find a place he where he could put the finishing touches on his novel A Farewell to Arms.

A friend recommended Folly Ranch in the Big Horn mountains, so Hemingway drove his Model T up a rutted red gravel road, called “Red Grade” by locals, to the ranch—only to find that 12 teenage girls were staying there as a camp experience. In need of solitude, he escaped back to town, to the Sheridan Inn located across the street from the train depot. This inn was famous for Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show auditions held on the front porch (it has recently been remodeled and is a fabulous place for travelers coming to Sheridan).

Read the complete the article by Darla Worden in Mountain Living:


Hemingway's "Wine of Wyoming" Explored-Kevin Killough

On Oct. 27, 1933, Earnest Hemingway published Winner Take Nothing, which included the short story, “Wine of Wyoming.”

It’s not one of his more well-known stories, owing to the fact much of the dialogue is in French. At the time, it was much more common for people in the U.S. to know a bit of French, but today, the French dialogue makes the story difficult for most people on this side of the pond to access.

The story explores the interactions of Americans with a kind French couple who immigrated to the United States. Whereas the couple is very clean, cultured, and orderly, they clash with the Americans of the Old West, who are much more crass and insensitive.

The story is set during Prohibition and involves a lot of bootleg drinking. While the cultured French enjoy making illegal beer and selling it to the Americans, they can’t understand how the cowboys drink it to get drunk, rather than for the taste. The Americans even pour whiskey into the beer to make it stronger, ruining the brew in the French couple’s eyes.

While the French are eager for wine, it’s not quite ready yet. The French wife insists the narrator, who must leave the French ranch, return the following night to try the wine. Being too tired to make the trip back, the narrator breaks the promise to the French couple that he would return that night. By the time he does return, the French husband had drunk it all.

So, the narrator leaves without ever getting a taste of the wine of Wyoming.

Hemingway had a long love affair with Wyoming—in addition to love affairs with multiple women—beginning in 1928, when he arrived at the Folly Ranch in July 1928. It was in Sheridan that he ate and drank wine with the Moncini family, who were immigrants from France. They would serve as the models for the characters in “Wine of Wyoming.”

Read the complete article by Kevin Killough:


Hemingway and the Hunting Code Saturday U Posts Video

On September 15, 2018, Sheridan College hosted a Hunting and the Hemingway Code-themed Saturday U. We had three marvelous presentations by scholars from the University of Wyoming. In case you missed Saturday U, these lectures are now available through the links below. Thanks to all, including Paul Flesher, Jeanne Holland, Caskey Russell, Joy Landeira and Ali Grossman, who made this a success!

Jeanne Holland at Saturday U- Ernest Hemingway: Style and Substance

Caskey Russell at Saturday U: Ernest Hemingway’s Hunting and Fishing in Wyoming.”

Joy Landeira at Saturday U - Ernest Hemingway in Spain

Suki Kim Author Talk

Such an amazing talk from Suki Kim at the University of Wyoming! Thanks to Suki Kim for her talk and to Carly Fraysier from Ucross for making this happen! Kim's talk focused on her undercover investigative journalism detailed in her book, Without You, There is No Us. Sponsors included the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ucross Foundation, Sheridan College, Wyoming Humanities Council, UW's Creative Writing MFA and UW's School for Culture, Gender and Social Justice. Another successful Explore Hemingway Event in the books! Thanks to all!!

New Article Focuses on Hemingway's Time in Wyoming

The Wyoming story of American novelist Ernest Hemingway began when he sought solace, seclusion and beauty near Yellowstone National Park. Its chapters span the entirety of his adult life yet have been accorded only passing significance. In Ernest Hemingway’s life, scenes of hunting, a wedding, miscarriage, injuries and physical degeneration all found Wyoming settings. Friendships grew, he fished with his sons, and he wrote much of his best work here—with great energy, productivity, and vividness…

“Wine of Wyoming”

Hemingway had already published the novel The Sun Also Rises and the short-story collections In Our Time and Men Without Women when he arrived at the Folly Ranch near Sheridan in July 1928, just a month after the birth of his second son, Patrick.

Read Jamie Egolf and Chavawn Kelly’s complete article Ernest Hemingway in Wyoming (October 1, 2018):