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The Lawrence Memorial

The photograph above shows the D. H. Lawrence Memorial at the Kiowa Ranch near Taos, New Mexico.  Lawrence arrived in America and first saw the ranch (formerly called "Flying Heart") in 1922. He and his wife, Frieda, lived there during the summers of 1924 and 1925.  It was the only property the Lawrences ever owned.  After his death, Frieda stayed at the ranch for a number of years enjoying the company of many famous visitors.   The ranch today belongs to the University of New Mexico and is used for writers' retreats.  In the essay "New Mexico," Lawrence wrote:

I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had.  It certainly changed me for ever. . . . In the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico one sprang awake, a new part of the soul woke up suddenly, and the old world gave way to a new. . . .







Lawrence Ranch as Landmark

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 2004.  The nomination, which is available online, was sponsored by the DHLSNA and contains the following information:

     Description of Ranch Features
     Chronology of DHL in New Mexico
     Statement of Historical Significance
     Lawrence's Literary Standing
     Background Biography
     Lawrence in America
     Ranch Life & Literary Works
     Frieda's Ranch Years
     Lawrence's Influence in America
     Ranch Uses Today

     Kiowa Ranch Sketch Maps



 DHLSNA Memorial

Also, feel free to visit our Memorial Page set up to honor deceased DHLSNA members and other noteworthy Lawrentians.  The DHLSNA made a donation in the names of Masako Hirai and Kyoko Kay Kondo to the Taos Community Foundation fund (in 2010) for preservation of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch.


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.  Members receive the most recent newsletters by email; past issues (1981-2014) are available to the public here:    

Unsure of your membership status?  Check the Roster

What's New?

Website Transfer Nearing Completion

Please be advised that this website will soon be closed out.  We hope you have had time to explore our new website at and remembered to bookmark it as your place to go for up-to-date info.  Also, make sure to pay your dues for 2016 or risk getting dropped from the mailing list/Newsletter.

DHLSNA Website Gets a Facelift!

Our society website has a new home and is currently being redesigned and updated to better display on a variety of screen sizes and to allow multiple people to edit our ever growing number of webpages.  For a preview go to and remember to bookmark the new address.  This website will remain active in the meantime.  However, the Directory is out-of-service at this time.  The new website is expected to be ready toward the end of the year.  If you need access to the Directory contact info, please contact Tina Ferris and an email copy will be sent to you. 

Voting Information for the Dec. 2015 Election is posted to the Officer Page Please Vote Now by logging into the Members Directory of our new website and clicking the Voting Ballot link.


The "Lawrence Around the World" page has been updated with information regarding the Co-ordinating Committee for International Lawrence Conferences (CCILC)

Salisbury House Blog "D.H. Lawrence:  A Manuscript Mystery" added to Links page.

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch
Preservation Project

The Taos Community Foundation has produced a flyer (Help Re-Open the D.H. Lawrence Ranch) to raise money for the goal of preserving and making the ranch available to the general public again.  (It's been closed since 2008)

Conference Announcements:

*Call for Papers:  Paris 30th International Lawrence Conference

*Details for the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas, have been posted on the Conference page including dinner updates.

*44th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900--Call for Papers Due Aug. 29.

*2016 30th International Lawrence Conference, Paris   Call for Papers

Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 87th Annual Conference (IN CONCERT:  LITERATURE AND OTHER ARTS)

*Advance notice of an International Conference St Ives Cornwall, 12-14 September 2016, to commemorate the centenary of D.H. Lawrence’s move to Zennor.

 “Outside England…Far off from the world”: 
D.H. Lawrence, Cornwall and Regional Modernism

*2016 MLA in Austin, Texas:  Lawrence & "Native" Encounters

Newsletter Archive Now 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 2013 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 as of 2015.
*   On the History page, we now have a more detailed listing of papers presented at the annual MLA conference.

Photo Request

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.


 D.H. Lawrence:  New Life, New Utterance, New Perspectives


An important fund drive is underway in Taos to raise vitally needed funds for the preservation of the ranch buildings.  DHLSNA submitted the successful nomination of the Lawrence Ranch to the National Register of Historic Places, and we continue to follow and support such activities for it.  Leaders in this initiative of the Taos Community Foundation include Art Bachrach (MobyDickens), Bob Atiyeh (Mable Dodge Luhan House), and Karen Young (MDL House).  In cooperation with the University of New Mexico. 

Contributions should be sent here:

        Taos Community Foundation
        P. O. Box 1925
        Taos, NM  87571
Checks should be designated somewhere for
"D. H. Lawrence Ranch Preservation Project." 

The Taos Community Foundation Fund Drive

Help Re-Open the D.H. Lawrence Ranch


The phoenix renews her youth
only when she is burnt, burnt alive, burnt down
to hot and flocculent ash.
Then the small stirring of a new small bub in the nest
with strands of down like floating ash
shows that she is renewing her youth like the eagle,
immortal bird.

--D. H. Lawrence

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Last Updated:  May 2015