D.H. Lawrence Society of North America

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The DHLSNA is a non-profit academic organization interested in D.H. Lawrence and all his works--poetry, fiction, drama, essays, travel writing, literary criticism, painting, and letters; in scholarship on Lawrence; and in creative works inspired by him.  Anyone may join.
Unsure of your membership status?  Check the Roster.

What's New?

Conference Announcements

Call for Short Papers (by April 15, 2021) are now posted (details available in both Word and pdf) for the International Virtual Symposium.  Please note the extended conference dates (July 10-14, 2021). Workshop leader bios are available on the symposium website, where further updates and announcements will also be posted:

*  The D.H. Lawrence Review website has gotten a modern makeover created by its new webmaster, Jeff Brackett (retaining its same web-address).

*  MLA 2022 (Washington, DC:  Jan. 6-9, 2022)  The DHLSNA invites papers (Deadline March 20th) for a panel on “Lawrence, Disease, and Recovery.”

*  Message from Susan Reid regarding 15th Int. Lawrence Conf:

Dear colleagues and friends,


Given the continuing uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 15th International D. H. Lawrence Conference in Taos, New Mexico another year until July 2022, which now seems a much more likely date for us to plan to gather together again in safety. Nanette Norris and Holly Laird will announce the new dates and other information shortly.


However, please keep the dates of 10-14 July 2021 (Extended Dates) in your calendars for a virtual symposium on the theme of ‘D. H. Lawrence, Distance and Proximity’. A series of online roundtables and workshops of short papers will be hosted on Zoom with no fee for registration and everyone is invited to attend any or all of the events, regardless of whether you are scheduled to present.


During this necessary intermission in the conference schedule, we aim to bring Lawrence scholars and enthusiasts from around the world into proximity with Lawrence and each other. Accordingly, the symposium will be scheduled to accommodate international time zones. We also aim to offer opportunities for online publication of papers as well as print publication of finished research.


Please see the opening call for workshop proposals attached and note the deadline of 28 February 2021. Please also share these details with your networks.


We hope to see you online or in person soon, but meanwhile, please continue to take care of yourselves and your families and friends during the ongoing health crisis.


With every good wish,



Dr Susan Reid

Chair / Co-ordinating Committee of International Lawrence Conferences

On behalf of the Organizing Committees of

the 15th International D. H. Lawrence Conference: Nanette Norris, Holly Laird, Jonathan Long, Julianne Long

and the Virtual Symposium 2021: Susan Reid, Kate Foster, David Game, Andrew Harrison, Holly Laird, Stefania Michelucci, Nanette Norris, Doo-Sun Ryu


* D.H. Lawrence Virtual Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, April 17, 2021. Deadline for abstract: Feb. 20, 2021. CFP and further info.

* Call for Papers34th INTERNATIONAL D.H.LAWRENCE CONFERENCE, "D.H. Lawrence and the People". Nanterre, France, April 8-10, 2021. Please contact ginette.katz.roy[at] if you wish to participate/to confirm participation. This conference will be VIRTUAL!



News from the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives Fund

DHLSNA submitted the successful nomination of the Lawrence Ranch to the National Register of Historic Places and continues to support fundraising for the ranch's preservation.  Please read the following statement from the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives and consider joining them in their efforts to preserve the D.H. Lawrence Ranch:
The purpose of the Ranch Initiatives is to preserve the legacy of novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda Lawrence.  Widely considered one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, the British novelist owned only one piece of property in his lifetime, the 160-acre ranch located some fifteen miles outside of Taos, New Mexico, which was bequeathed to the University of New Mexico by Frieda Lawrence.  Fundamental to the mission of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives is preservation of the property and historic buildings.
The Ranch Initiatives program will seek to place the operation of the property on a firm financial basis and to restore and develop the site so that it can support educational, cultural, and research activities for students, faculty, and the greater New Mexico community.  This mission honors the directives of Frieda Lawrence's will, which stipulated that the property "be used for educational, cultural, charitable, and recreational purposes."
You can view a brochure with a fundraising plan here.
D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives fund takes you to the University of New Mexico Foundation giving page, or send a check to:
D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives Fund
Department of English
1 University of New Mexico
MSC03 2170
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

CCILC, DHLR, & Training Manual

We have several new webpages including information regarding the Co-ordinating Committee for International Lawrence Conferences (CCILC), a link to the DHLR website, and an Officers Training Manual (a work-in-progress) to help ease the transition between terms of office and to maintain continuity for our robust organization.  With all the duties being integrated through the DHLSNA website, it makes sense to facilitate the learning curve by providing procedural instruction, computer tips, and timelines for the various roles.  This will be an on-going project since we are still learning the simplest and most efficient means of running our organization electronically.  We hope that all our officers will contribute their experience to help guide their successors.  


Newsletter Archive Open
 to the Public!

The DHLSNA Newsletter Archive has been opened to the general public.  Created by our Newsletter editor, Julie Newmark, this handy reference contains back-issues dating from 1980 through last year.  The current year's issues will still be reserved for members only.  Links to the 2019 Newsletters are available in the Directory section after login.  For the latest issues, join today!

Website Additions

*   Some new website resources have been added to the Links page including the Salisbury House Blog "D.H. Lawrence:  A Manuscript Mystery."

*Photo Request* for the International Lawrence Conferences in Sydney, Australia, and Gargnano, Italy

Please submit any digital photos from the conferences or excursions that you wish to share with our members to Tina Ferris.  They will be used to create a members-only Gallery page (coming soon) or for the newsletter.

12th International Lawrence Conference in Sydney, Australia (2011)

13th International Lawrence Conference in Gargnano, Italy (2014)


This turquoise horse was used as the logo for the Santa Fe International Lawrence Conference (2005), courtesy of David Barnes.

"Dear old Azure Horse, Turquoise Horse, Hobby Horse, Trogan Horse with a few scared heroes in your belly; Horse, laughing your Horse Laugh, you do actually ramp in with a bit of horse sense.  I'm all for horse sense, O Horsie!"--D.H.L.

(From "Dear Old Horse, A London Letter," in Mornings in Mexico and Other Essays, CUP, p. 137)