Mythopoeic Society Activity Calendar

a typical Mythopoeic Society Discussion Group meeting,
in Oz; Glinda the Good, presiding
(Topic: What to do with a Wicked Witch)
illustration by John R. Neil, from The Marvelous Land of Oz

I'd like to invite information about other discussion or activity groups that would be of interest to any Mythopoeic Society members in your area. If you're willing to be listed here and/or in Mythprint I may list your group as space permits. If you're interested in affiliating with The Mythopoeic Society, contact me for a charter form and information. Some information available here: Guidelines for starting a Discussion Group.

The Hermits'Pool is a set of files providing ideas and support for starting and operating discussion groups. There will be more added to it in future months, and I'd be delighted to receive any contributions.

If interested in a particular group without an address, contact me, and I'll forward your addresses/phone number to the appropriate person. Or you may be able to contact people directly if they're listed in the local phone directory. There are still a few listings where I've not received specific permission to list contact addresses/phone, etc.

Mythprint deadline for the Activity Calendar is the first of the month preceeding the month of publication (i.e. October information is due the first of September). Of course information for this online calendar is welcome any time--though I won't promise to get it in with any particular deadline. I do generally get things in within a couple of days, though. All calendar information should be sent to the Secretary for Discussion Groups (no longer me, that is) (electronic submissions welcome):

And I'll be adding Mat's address here, soon. Meanwhile, see the Major Announcement, below.

Meanwhile, I remain at
David Lenander
293 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102-1811
(Please also write to David if you have other questions or would like to form a group in your area, or around a particular topic).

January 2000. Major Announcement.

There's a new, official Activity Calendar page at Which means this one is now officially unofficial--but not gone, at least, not yet. Check that one out! But at this point it doesn't include some of this info, particularly "other Groups".

11/17/99. Minor Announcement.

I'd like to announce a change in this page: I'm moving the groups that I don't think are currently meeting actively, including all of the "prospective" contacts to a separate page. Visit that page for a listing of possible groups in your area--and I'll admit that sometimes I'm surprised to learn that a group IS meeting without letting me know.


Here are listed people who are interested in forming groups. If you live in their areas and would like to join a group, contact the hopeful undersubscribed.

NOTE: I'm attempting to list only those groups that I know are currently trying to meet. For a more complete list of all interested individuals and groups not currently meeting, see this additional list.

*Dormant Groups These formerly chartered groups--indicated with asterisks--are currently dormant for want of an active member or two--maybe you could be the member! They used to meet regularly. Contact David for forwarding address if no address is listed.

The UNITED STATES of America

Peoria: The Far Westfarthing smial
Mike Foster,
Rt. 1, Metamora IL 61548

The Far Westfarthing -smial- will meet at 1 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Penguin Tap in Peoria Heights. Bored of the Rings took April and May because we were laughing so hard.Ordinarily we will meet the First Friday of each month at Wernsman's Pub in Germantown Hills at 1 p.m. The Far Out Newsletter.

Islip [Long Island area]: C. S. Lewis reading group
You are invited to join in a C. S. Lewis reading group every Wednesday night at the Presbyterian Church of Islip, 340 Main Street, Islip, NY. The group currently meets at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested, please contact the Church office at 516-581-1080. Here are some discussion reports & other info:


Greater Los Angeles: Niggle's Parish, a Reading and Discussion Group
8/5/99--NEW CONTACT PERSON: Gracia Fay Ellwood [info to be added someday?]

Los Angeles/Pasadena: Mydgard
Lee Speth, 920 N. Atlantic #E, Alhambra, CA

San Francisco Bay Area: Khazad-Düm
Edith L. Crowe & Amy M. Wisniewski, Secretarial Team or

Denver Area: Fanuidhol (Cloudy Head)
Patricia Vivien Yarrow, e-mail:
2465 South Franklin Street
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-6759 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time; messages taken by Sasquatch D. Mutt. Homepage:

Washington & Suburbs: Knossos
Mimi Stevens, e-mail: mimis@EROLS.COM
KNOSSOS meets usually on the third Friday of each month except December, when we have a restaurant meeting on a Sunday afternoon. A History of the Knossos group, by Wendell Wagner. And here's the latest Knossos Knotes text.

Honolulu: Sammath Naur (and here's a report on their recent 20th anniversary celebration)
For Information contact Ken Burtness, 59-557B Ke Iki Road, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712. (808) 638-7497 home, and (808) 655-2256 work. e-mail: Sammath Naur has an associated book discussion group, Moolelo Hoaloha.

Baton Rouge: Roke
Contact Person: Sally Budd, 1705 Nashville #12, Hammond, LA 70401

"Topics include recent or classic fantasy novels or movies. Occasional guest speakers." No current info, but the Secretary believes this group is currently meeting.

Ann Arbor-Flint: Galadhremmin Ennorath
Dave & Grace Lovelace, (of Milan, MI) or
Meetings start at 7:30 PM unless otherwise arranged, and alternate between Flint and Ann Arbor, MI. every other meeting we do Tolkien or Lewis or Williams (in rotation), and the alternate months we do something else. We've been doing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, but we finally caught up to the most recent one.Some Discussion Reports

Minneapolis-St. Paul: Rivendell
David Lenander, 293 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102-1811 (612)292-8887
Meetings are normally on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. During the school year, we meet on the U of MN Mpls. campus.We also have a sister group, Second Foundation, devoted to SF discussion * (FFI: Contact Eric Heideman: 825-9353).
For further local SF & Fantasy events news, call the Minn-stiff hotline: 824-5559.
Our scheduled regular monthly discussions during 1998 will be:

Reno: Crickhollow,
Joanne Burnett-Bowen, E-mail:
3275 Vickie Lane
Sparks, NV 89431 .

Salem/Portland area
Donovan Matole
65 Sweden Circle
Silverton, OR 97381 (home) (work)
503-874-1314 (home) web-page also

I just wanted to let you know that the Oregon Discussion Group is off to a great start. The first meeting was held on July 18th and had a good turn-out of Inking lovers. The group will continue to meet on the third Sunday of each month at 7 PM at Borders Books & Music - 2235 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, Oregon 97305, 503-375-9588

The next three books have been decided upon.

Milwaukee: The Burrahobbits
Jeffrey & Jan Long, 1903 N. 118th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53226.


The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (ELF)
web page:
Carl F. Hostetter, e-mail:
Publishes newsletter, Vinyar Tengwar, bimonthly.
The ELF also endorses or sponsors Chris Gilson's Parma Eldalamberon ("the book of the Elven tongues"):
Christopher Gilson, Editor, Parma Eldalamberon, 500-C North Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 e-mail:
Northern California E.L.F. For further info: Arden Smith, P.O. Box 4395, Berkeley, CA 94704
Washington Area E.L.F. For further info: Carl Hostetter (above).


Butterbur's Woodshed (general fantasy)
New contacts: Diane Joy Baker [] & Mary Stolzenbach [].
Publishes an amateur press association (correspondence circular), deadlines on the first of odd-numbered months.
For more information, and a complete list of topics, go to The Butterbur's Woodshed homepage

Once Upon a Time (children's fantasy)
Laura Krentz, E-mail:
Publishes an amateur press association (correspondence circular), deadlines on the first of even-numbered months.

Online discussion of Charles Williams
3/27/98 update: 'Coinherence' is up to approximately 138 members, within an average of 20-25 messages per week.

For more information about Coinherence, contact David Davis,
'Co-Inherence', is the lightly moderated e-list for discussion and application of the works and ideas of Charles Williams. Charles Williams (1886-1945) was a writer of books, plays, and poetry; he
was a Christian, as well as a friend and Oxford collegue of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien. His novels and poetry were respected by such diverse people as T.S.Eliot, Lewis, and W.H.Auden. His most popular works are still his novels, termed 'spiritual thrillers' by Eliot, in which theological themes and metaphysical realms are treated with the appearance of extreme realism! Williams is the godfather of much of the 'spiritual warfare' literature currently in vogue, and his literary work
stands as a bridge between the mystical or occult interests, and orthodox affirmations and communities, of his various readers. We have brought up this e-list in the hope of building an informed readership for Williams' work, and exploring the application of his philosopical and theological ideas in Christian practice. The list functions as a dynamic companion for the Web site, The Web of Exchange
where images and text around the Williamsian themes and motifs are also explored. This e-list is open to all, but lurking and trolling are frowned upon; 'bearing one another's burdens', and open, intelligent debate and discussion are strongly encouraged!
Subscribe by sending e-mail to
" " (program)
with the following text in the body:
"subscribe coinherence your name"
That should do it! N.B. : Majordomo *does not* read the Subject: header or write to (person). has approximately 138 subscribers.


Other groups are listed for the interest of Mythopoeic Society members. If you know of an interesting group that discusses mythopoeic literature and meets regularly, send us the information.


IAFA-L, a listserv of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
Open if you have e-mail. Just send a message (no subject) to with the line SUBSCRIBE IAFA-L [your name], and nothing else. A good place for discussion of scholarly/academic/criticism topics in fantasy as well.

Mere Lewis, the C. S. Lewis mailing list. To subscribe, write to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM and in the body of your message (not the subject line, leave the subject line blank), write only: SUBSCRIBE MERELEWIS FirstName LastName Example: Subscribe merelewis John Doe Once you do this, you'll get a validation request -- all you need to do is hit reply and type in the body of the message: OK and send it back, and the process will be complete.
Here's a sample exchange from Mere Lewis, on Starting a Local CSL Group
Mere Lewis is now also discussing a "Book of the Month":

There is a newsgroup called, appropriately enough, alt.books.cs-lewis.


George MacDonald Society
J. Joseph Flynn, 2220 Mandeville Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 e-mail:

The Kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor In Exile
contact: John Houghton
John Duke of Numenor
8012 Kingsbury Avenue #3 Clayton, MO 63105
They publish the Chronicles of the Restoration

The Southern California C.S. Lewis Society
Edie Dougherty, 1212 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247

The group meets regularly on the third Wednesday of every month, excepting July, August and December, at the Faculty Commons Room at Fuller Seminary, 135 N. Oakland St. in Pasadena, CA at 7:30 p.m. The Society's publication, the Lamp-Post, is a quarterly literary review that publishes Lewis scholarship, thoughtful essay, fiction, poetry and reviews, all related to extending and exploring Lewis's thought. Subscription comes with membership (most of our members do not live in Southern California!), and is $12 a year, $8 for seniors, students and libraries. It is one of the formost publications of Lewis scholarship in the world, but is also for the interested lay reader.

Each summer the Society sponsors a one week retreat and workshop at St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey in the high desert of California at Valyermo. This year the 22nd anniversary summer workshop was about "Living Like Narnians: Christian Life-Style in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia" presented by Dr. Paul Ford, author of Companion to Narnia, and the Rev. Paul Clasper. The dates were July 8-12. I've been to several of these weeks and they always prove to be a wonderful spiritual house cleaning.

If anybody wants to email me concerning the Lamp-Post, the workshop or the society, my email address is the proper one to publish.
Jim Prothero, Sr. Editor e-mail:

New York CSL Society.
Clara Sarrocco, 84-23 77th Ave., Glendale NY 11385
Meet at 7:45 p.m. in the Parish House of The Church of the Ascension located at 12 W 11th Street, Manhattan -- Everyone is welcome -- Call 1-212-254-8620 after noon on the meeting day if there is a question of possible cancellation. On-street parking opens at 7; the Strand Bookstore, containing 8 miles of books, is 3 blocks away.
The New York C.S. Lewis Society 1997-8 Meetings -- on the second Friday each month except August

Richard West, e-mail:
The Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison meets on Sundays, 7:30-9:30ish pm, in Union South on the Madison campus, 227 N. Randall Ave. Check "Today in the Union" for the exact room. Meetings will be held in Union South on the UW-Madison campus, 227 North Randall Avenue, on the Sundays listed below, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing until the group breaks up, which is usually between 9:30-10:00 p.m.


For further information about the Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, e-mail us at or write to Richard West, 1918 Madison Street, Madison, WI 53711-2128. Or consult our webpage, Richard C. West Kurt F. Wendt Library 215 N. Randall Ave. University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706-1688 email: or telephone: 608/262-3536

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