MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Awards Its Seal to The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing

I am excited to share that the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions awarded its Seal to The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing ( on Monday, July 11, 2022. This award and seal mean that our project will be indexed with MLA’s CSE Approved Editions here, Additionally, we will receive a prize at the 2024 MLA meeting in Philadelphia. It is an honor to be listed among the editions in this index, and it means that we (the Stainforth editors) did our job of meeting the highest standards in the field for a digital scholarly edition that is…

Making Sonnet Books in Letterpress Composition

This Spring term I was grateful for the opportunity to team-teach Letterpress Composition once more, this time with Renee Billingslea (Art & Art History). After first teaching this course in Spring 2019, with Kathy Aoki (Art & Art History), we decided to put the course on hold during remote instruction since team teaching was made possible by a Dean’s grant (thank you!), and we did not want to use that on a remote teaching experience. For the final run of the course, we added a binding element to take advantage of Renee’s strengths in binding. Our last assignment brought writing,…

7th Annual DH Student Showcase, May 31, 2022

On Tuesday, May 31 the 7th Annual Digital Humanities Showcase featured 9 student projects in the St. Clare Room of University Library for a 2-hour interactive exhibit. Special thanks to my co-organizers Meg Eppel Gudgeirsson, Kelci Baughmann McDowell, and Nadia Nasr for helping to make this happen. Each project added its unique content to the field of DH by thinking critically about the relationship between technologies and the humanities. The theme of the event was: “Finally! Celebrating the Digital in the Physical,” and each project had their own table at the event. The projects included “Mexican Immigration” by Daniel Longaker…

“Color Matters: How Will 18th-century Color Print and Textual Meaning Survive Mass Digitization?”

This talk on January 27, 2022 is part of the Animating Text Speaker Series, sponsored by Newcastle University. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share my work and draw attention to 18c color print and digitization matters. My talk is based on a recently published article: “Particularly Red, By a Woman: Anne B. Poyntz and the Printing and Digitization of Her Je ne sçai quoi (1769)” in European Romantic Review 32:5-6 (2021), 601-618, Here are my slides: Thanks: James Cummings, for the opportunity to speak, and the following people who helped me puzzle through the research and/or who read…

New pub alert: “Particularly Red, by a Woman: Anne B. Poyntz and the Printing and Digitization of Her Je ne sçai quoi” in ERR 32.5-6 I want to thank the following people for helping me puzzle through this research and writing project and make deadlines during a pandemic year. Ben Albritton, Phyllis Brown, Michelle Burnham, Benjamin Colbert, Paul Conway, Danna D’Esopo, Andy Garavel, Katherine D. Harris, Andrew Keener, Michelle Levy, Harriet Kramer Linkin, Amy Lueck, Lisa Maruca, Nick Mason, Nadia Nasr, Kate Ozment, Rebecca Shapiro, Emily Spunaugle, and students who read Je ne sçai quoi with me.This project was what I dove into to escape the news last year, and working with you all is one of my favorite parts of my job.

The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing Passed Peer Review by Advanced Research Consortium (ARC)

On October 12, we learned that we passed peer review by the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), and we are preparing the Stainforth data and website for ingestion in It was a very big day. This project began in Special Collections in 2012, at CU-Boulder during my PhD, where I met Deborah Hollis, my first co-editor. [Continued on full post.]

SHARP 2021 talk “Moving Textual Histories: Students Editing Women’s Writing in the American Prison Writing Archive”

Leuner, SHARP 2021, talk draft Panel “Rejecting “Big Dick Data”: Data Intimacy in Large-Scale Book History Projects”, with Kate Ozment and Kandice Sharren, moderated by Michelle Levy. Moving Textual Histories: Students Editing Women’s Writing in the American Prison Writing Archive Trigger warning: this talk includes discussion of imprisonment, trauma, and bodily and emotional harm suffered within the prison system. [Slide 1: Title] Authors writing in prison have made significant contributions to textual histories, but for those without publishers, digital projects that aggregate and share their stories play vital roles in advancing justice for incarcerated people and the prison abolition movement. However, personal accounts have…

New pub alert: “Locating Women’s Book History in The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing” in SEL 60.4 (Autumn 2020)

Leuner, Kirstyn J. “Locating Women’s Book History in The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, vol. 60 no. 4, 2020, p. 651-671. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sel.2020.0026.

New pub alert: “Restoring Authority for Women Writers: Name Authority Records as Digital Recovery Scholarship” in HLQ 84.1 (Spring 2021)

“Restoring Authority for Women Writers: Name Authority Records as Digital Recovery Scholarship” appears in Huntington Library Quarterly‘s special issue on Women in Book History, 1660-1830, edited by Betty Schellenberg and Michelle Levy. My section also features essays by Kandice Sharren and E. J. Clery, and our section ends with a cowritten response and vision regarding naming and narratives of authorship, especially for women. Both pieces — my essay and our response — can be found in volume 84, no. 1 (Spring 2021). Find this issue on Project Muse

“Collected, Catalogued, Counted” ~ a podcast episode about The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing

In Season 2, Episode 2 of The WPHP Monthly Mercury Podcast, “Collected, Catalogued, Counted,” Kandice Sharren and Kate Moffatt — both editors for the Women’s Print History Project (WPHP) — interview me about all things Stainforth! How did the project start? What does our data look like? What editorial decisions we made along the way? What are Person Records and how do we use the Virtual International Authority File? You can listen to the second episode of Season 2 of of The WPHP Monthly Mercury, “Collected, Catalogued, Counted”, on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and other podcast apps, available via Buzzsprout.