Key West, Sun Valley, Oak Park, Kansas City, Africa, Spain, Italy, France, Cuba — Ernest Hemingway got around! These are just a few of the geographical locations that come to mind when thinking about his work. But as many of us in the region know, Wyoming also played a significant role in Hemingway’s life and writing.
Hemingway will receive a lot of attention in the coming years, partly through a documentary by the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, scheduled for release in 2019. Here in Wyoming, we’ll start the ball rolling sooner, with a special statewide celebration of Hemingway that will begin in 2018. The connection between Hemingway and Wyoming is an exciting literary story that residents of the state will have a chance to experience in a variety of ways.
A collaborative initiative is being planned to take place throughout the state, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Hemingway’s writing of “A Farewell to Arms” at Spear-O-Wigwam in the Bighorns. (He completed the book in 1928 and it was published in 1929.) Sheridan College has taken on the leadership role, with John Sutton spearheading the effort. Ucross Foundation is honored to participate alongside the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research at UW. Another collaborator will be a national organization, The Hemingway Society. Much news will be forthcoming soon on this unique multidisciplinary project.
Read Sharon Dynak’s complete article in The Sheridan Press: