Fall 2016 Meeting

The next meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will be on Saturday October 1, 2016 at Trinity University in San Antonio, hosted by Claudia Stokes.

The common reading will be Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems, edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Cheryl Tevlin (U Nebraska, 2014). Dr. Duquette will be present as a special guest participant.

RSVP to Dr. Stokes by September 15 at cstokes@trinity.edu and please indicate whether you plan to attend the dinner.

Location: Trinity University, San Antonio TX

Parking: See below


10am (optional special event): If you are in San Antonio on the morning of October 1, you are welcome to join us at the Special Collections room of Trinity University’s Coates Library where we will see some of the library’s holdings related to American women writers. 

Noon-1pm: Lunch, provided by Trinity (vegetarian options available); location: Holt Center on campus

1-4:30pm Discussion of Phelps’s writing, with coffee break

4:30pm Business meeting

5pm Dinner (off campus) at Tomatillos. (Each diner pays for her own meal.)


Directions to Holt Center

If you’re taking 281 South, get off at the Hildebrand exit and turn right at the light off the highway. At the second traffic light, make a left onto Shook (if you reach the traffic light at McCullough, you have gone too far). The Holt Center will be at the corner of Shook and Oakmont Avenue, just a few blocks past Hildebrand. You can park either on the street, in the lot behind the Holt Center, or in the lot at the far end of Oakmont. [Campus map, downloads as pdf]

Directions to the Coates Library

If you wish to leave your car parked at the Holt Center, the library is a brief 5-minute walk away. You will walk away from the Holt Center toward campus. You will continue to walk in the same east direction and will walk toward the center of campus to the left of Mars McLean. Once you pass Mars McLean and reach the central campus green, walk toward the left, and Coates Library is clearly marked. To reach the Special Collections room, enter the library and continue walking forward, passing the mural and the stair case. The stairs going down will be in front of you, and the elevator will be on your left. Take either the stairs or elevator one flight down, to the second floor. The Special Collections library is in Coates room 208.

If you wish to park closer to the library, you can park in the lot behind the library or near Chapman Graduate Center.

Directions to Tomatillos restaurant
3210 Broadway St San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-3005

Make a right onto Shook and then a right at the next traffic light, on to Hildebrand. You will take Hildebrand east, passing the entrance to 281 and passing University of the Incarnate Word on your left. Make a right at the second traffic light, turning right onto Broadway. Tomatillos is about a mile south and is on your left, at the corner of Broadway and Eleanor.

Hotel Accommodations: There are numerous hotels in San Antonio. Dr. Stokes has provided the following list of those near airport, some of which provide a discount for Trinity-affiliated guests.

Drury Hotels
95 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216 800-325-0720
Reservation must be received by September 5, 2016
Single/Double $94 Group Code: Trinity University

Towne Place Suites
214 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78250 210-308-5510
Reservation must be received by September 16, 2016
King Studio $95 Group Code: Trinity Group Rate

Hyatt Place
Jones Maltsberger Rd
San Antonio, TX 78216 210-930-2333
Reservation must be received by September 16, 2016
Single/ Doubles $109 Group Code: Trinity 2016

Double Tree by the Airport
37 NE Interstate 410 Loop
San Antonio, TX 78216
$110.00 plus tax

Four Points by Sheraton San Antonio Airport
8818 Jones Maltsberger Road
San Antonio, TX 78216
$104.00 plus tax

Holiday Inn Airport
77 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216
$119.00 plus tax

Pear Tree Inn – Airport
143 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216
$84.99 plus tax Code: 2266384


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Previous Meetings

April 2016 at University of Texas Dallas, hosted by Sabrina Starnaman. The common reading was Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction, edited by Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp (Wesleyan UP). Dr. Yaszek was a special guest participant.

February 2015 at University of Houston-Downtown, hosted by DoVeanna Fulton. The common reading was Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (1838), edited by Joycelyn Moody (West Virginia UP 2014). Dr. Moody was a special guest participant.

October 2014 at University of Texas Arlington, hosted by Desiree Henderson.The common reading was Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823, edited by Theresa Strouth Gaul (Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers, U Nebraska UP, 2014). Dr. Strouth Gaul was a special guest participant.

March 2014 at University of Texas San Antonio, hosted by Joycelyn Moody. The common reading was Jane Edna Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer (1940), edited by Rhondda Robinson Thomas. Andreá Williams was a special guest participant.

October 2013 at Weatherford College, hosted by Sarah Lock. The common reading was Laura Curtis Bullard’s Christine, or Women’s Trials and Triumphs (U Nebraska 2011). Denise M. Kohn, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.

February 2013 at University of North Texas, hosted by Kelly Wisecup. The common reading was DoVeanna Fulton and Reginald Pitt’s Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: Three African American Women’s Oral Slave Narratives (SUNY 2010). Special guest participants included DoVeanna Fulton and Daphne Brooks.

February 2012 at Texas State University San Marcos, hosted by Priscilla Leder. The common reading was Mary King’s Quincie Bolliver (1941).

September 2011 at the University of Texas at Dallas, hosted by Sabrina Starnaman. The common reading was Anzia Yezierska’s  Arrogant Begger (1927).

February 2011 at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, hosted by Laura Stevens. The common reading was Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters (U Georgia P) and one of the editors of the edition, Jeffrey Richards, was a special guest participant.

October 2010 at Austin College, hosted by Randi Tanglen. The topic was “Teaching American Indian Women Writers” and included selections from Kilcup’s Native American Women’s Writing, c. 1800-1924; Bross and Wyss’s Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology; among other readings.

February 2010 at University of Texas Austin, hosted by Gretchen Murphy. The common text was Leonora Sansay’s Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura (Broadview 2007); Michael Drexler, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.

March 2009 at University of Texas Arlington, hosted by Desiree Henderson. The common text was Jesse Alemán and Shelley Streeby, eds., Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction (Rutgers, 2007), from which we read: The Female Warrior (1843) and Mary Denison’s The Prisoner of La Vintresse (1860). Jesse Alemán was a special guest participant.

November 2008 at Texas Christian University, hosted by Theresa Strouth Gaul. The common text was Elizabeth Stoddard’s Two Men (U Nebraska, 2008). Jennifer Putzi, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.