The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society promotes the study and awareness of Sedgwick’s life and works. We aim to increase availability and access to her writings and offer a forum for established and emerging scholars, as well as others interested in Sedgwick, to exchange ideas, research, and pedagogical strategies.


CMSS @ SSAWW – Friday Afternoon Tea, 9 Nov. 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

If you are attending the Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2018 Conference in Denver, then please join the CMSS for Afternoon Tea in the Augusta Room on Friday, 1:00-2:30 p.m., in association with the Harriet Beecher Stowe and Margaret Fuller Societies. A quick search of the SSAWW program brings back a wide variety of results for papers, panels, and roundtables focusing on Sedgwick’s works. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Conference!

Calls for Papers

We are currently accepting abstracts for one panel and one roundtable at the 2019 American Literature Association Conference.


The Society will elect a new Executive Board this year. The election will be administered by Jessica DeSpain and will open on Monday, November 26.

In order to be eligible to vote, you must renew your 2018/2019 membership to the organization by Friday, November 16. Update your membership here.

People who are interested in serving as officers should send their candidate statements to Jessica (jdespai AT siue.edu) by Friday, November 16. Candidate statements will be distributed with a link to a Qualtrics ballot, and voting will remain open until Friday, December 14.

The by-laws with office descriptions are available here. See this PDF for additional information about offices (updated positions and titles with descriptions): CMSS_Info.

Ongoing initiatives

See our News and Notes for CFPs and the “Just Read One – Sedgwick Story Challenge”.

For queries about the Society or about Sedgwick’s career, email our president, Cindy Damon-Bach, who is working on a biography of Sedgwick.