The Owen Barfield Society

News and Announcements


The 2015 meeting of the Owen Barfield Society.    The next meeting of the Owen Barfield Society will take place during the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association's 2015 convention - to be held October 8-10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Information concerning the exact date and time of the Society's 2015 meeting will be announced in Spring 2015. A special focus of the Society's 2015 meeting will be Owen Barfield's verse drama Orpheus. The drama is available online, on the website of the Owen Barfield Literary Estate ( The print edition of Orpheus: A Poetic Drama, which was published in 1983 by Lindisfarne Press, includes a substantial afterword by the volume's editor, John C. Ulreich, Jr.; this volume is out of print, but copies can sometimes be obtained from and other online vendors. A thread for Orpheus has been established on the Forum page of the Owen Barfield Society's website. All members of the Society are warmly invited to contribute to the online discussion of this poetic drama, strongly praised by C. S. Lewis both for its technical virtuosity and for its depth of meaning.



The Owen Barfield Award for Excellence.   The Owen Barfield Literary Estate has selected the distinguished poet and essayist William C. Johnson as the 2011 recipient of the Owen Barfield Award for Excellence.  Past Poet Laureate of the State of Idaho, Mr. Johnson has published three volumes of poetry as well as numerous poems in poetry journals, and he also is the author of the critical study What Thoreau Said: Walden and the Unsayable (1991) and many essays and reviews.  His most recent book is A River Without Banks: Place and Belonging in the Inland Northwest, published in 2010 by Oregon University Press.    Like Mr. Johnson's previous writings, A River Without Banks is beautifully written and thoroughly informed by his in-depth study of Owen Barfield's thought.  He is Professor Emeritus of English at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho and a founding member of the Owen Barfield Society.

    The Owen Barfield Award for Excellence was established in 2010 by the Owen Barfield Literary Estate as an annual recognition of outstanding contributions to furthering the understanding of Owen Barfield's work.  The 2010 recipient was Professor Fanfan Chen of the Department of English at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.