Dear Anne,

I hope all is well. We are both at RSA - lunch or coffee perhaps?

sorry not to see you in new York. Weather did for me,

all best,

Andrew x
From: Sidney-Spenser Discussion List [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Anne Prescott [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 12 March 2018 23:28
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Subject: Re: Announcement for the inaugural International Spenser Society Anne Lake Prescott Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize

I would have posted something earlier, but I have been overcome (I really mean that) by a combination of gratitude and embarrassment. So many of my friends have said such nice things, to say nothing of the honor itself, that I have been improving my circulation by numerous blushes. I cannot begin to thank the organizers of this project, to say nothing of my lovely memories of Tiffany at Columbia. I will spend the time between now and the RSA, where I expect to see some Spenserians, Sidneyans, and others thinking of how to control the blood supply to my reddened cheeks and how to live up to some of the list's compliments. For an old lady who is getting yet older but who can remember being teased in grade school for liking books, this comes with all the joy and gratitude you can imagine. Thanks, thanks, thanks. Love to you all, Anne

On Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 3:56 PM, William Oram <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
i just saw the announcement.  A superb idea and how great to name it for Anne, who has helped so many of us, whether we were graduate students or not, in so many ways!  Bill

On Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 11:51 PM, Tim Crowley <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Yes, indeed -- amen to that, I too preach to the choir!   Thanks from me also to those who created this award, to Anne, and to this whole community of her admirers.


On Friday, March 9, 2018 9:31 AM, "Stillman, Robert E" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Dear Tiffany and all,

What a stroke of genius to name the Graduate Student Paper Prize for Anne Lake Prescott.  Mentoring like hers is at the heart of our profession, and nobody I know has done that work better or more graciously than Anne.  I remember watching Anne give one of her wise and witty responses to a paper in Milwaukee recently, and watching a young graduate student watching her, and it suddenly struck me that our graduate students—and especially the young women among them—don’t just want to be like Anne Prescott.   They want to be Anne.   She is a Cyrus, and the best of Cyruses.

Kudos to the Spenser Society and warmest congratulations to Anne.


From: Sidney-Spenser Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>] On Behalf Of Tiffany Werth
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2018 7:12 PM
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Subject: Announcement for the inaugural International Spenser Society Anne Lake Prescott Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize

Dear members of the Sidney-Spenser community,

It gives me great pleasure to share with you on behalf of the International Spenser Society the guidelines for the newly instituted International Spenser Society Anne Lake Prescott Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize ( The International Spenser Society, in collaboration with the editors of the Spenser Review, is delighted to announce our first bi-annual Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize. In order to cultivate and advance the next generation of Spenser scholarship, this award recognizes a distinguished paper on any aspect of Edmund Spenser’s life and works presented by a graduate student at a scholarly conference in the previous two academic years. The author will receive an honorarium and a citation at the annual International Spenser Society luncheon at the MLA, and the text of the prize-winning paper may be published in a future issue of the Spenser Review. In addition, the recipient of the prize will receive mentorship from members of the prize selection committee as well as the editors of the Spenser Review as they prepare their papers for publication.
Papers eligible for consideration must be: (1) 8-12 double-spaced pages in length, including notes; (2) written by a student enrolled in a graduate degree program at the time the paper was delivered; and (3) presented to an audience at a scholarly conference, whether international, national, regional, or graduate student-run, between May 2016 and May 2018. Relevant images from the conference presentation may be included. Submissions for this year's prize should be sent to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> no later than May 31, 2018. Winners will be notified in early September 2018 and announced at the International Spenser Society Luncheon at the MLA conference.
For those of you who wish to support graduate students in pursuit of the study of Spenser, please note that the prize will be accepting earmarked donations. A dedicated button will be shortly available for secure donation via the ISS Pay Pal portal that also serves as the portal for annual donations to the Society and annual luncheon registration:
I’d like to thank the current, and immediate past members, of the executive committee for their help in instituting this prize. I’d also like to thank Doug Knox for updating our web page and for his ever quick and ready response to technical questions. We are pleased to name the prize in honour of Anne Lake Prescott, who received a unanimous committee vote for her warmth, engagement, and ever insightful, witty responses to papers at conferences that have helped many a young Spenserian find his or her shield or dragon wings. We're honoured to have future students continue to benefit from her mentoring through this award.
Please distribute this announcement widely to any and all of your networks for colleagues and students.
with best regards,

Tiffany Jo Werth

Tiffany Jo Werth, Associate Professor
University of California, Davis
Department of English, 214 Voorhies Hall
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

President, International Spenser Society


Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds

William Oram
Helen Means Professor of English
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063