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Elizabeth Winston
Professor of English, University of Tampa

Among the very first people I met at the 1988 meeting of SENCSA, my first conference of what became NCSA, was Elizabeth Winston, who introduced herself as Libba and instantly made me feel that I belonged. Since then she has been my companion for numerous bus rides, walks, and soul-nourishing meals, and I will always cherish her as the person who brought me both snacks and ice when I fractured my nose falling flat on my face during the walking tour of St. Louis at the 2004 conference. So if this were simply a personal award, Libba Winston would have earned it on those grounds. However, this is an award for contributions to the association and to interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies, and on those grounds, too, Libba Winston is the ideal recipient.

Professor of English at the University of Tampa, Libba Winston has made a major impact in the field of British fiction in the long nineteenth century as well as in the world of contemporary literature. She has published on George Eliot, Margaret Oliphant, and the Victorian novel, on Gertrude Stein, and on women's autobiography. In 2006, Libba and two colleagues at The University of Tampa Press launched a series of books titled Insistent Visions, dedicated to returning to print lost or under-appreciated nineteenth-century works of mystery, science fiction, adventure, and the supernatural, and she edited the first volume in the series, Margaret Oliphant's The Library Window. Editor of the journal Studies in the Fantastic and nonfiction editor for the Tampa Review, Libba is currently embarked on a study of the productive role of error in writing, specifically in poetry and creative nonfiction.

Libba Winston has also had a formative and transformative role in the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. An active member from the organization's early days, she was program co-chair for the 2003 conference in New Orleans and is local arrangements chair for this year's conference. She has served as Archivist of the association since 2003, and has participated throughout the last twenty-plus years on the Board and in other capacities in which her wisdom, good advice, and institutional memory have served the association well as it grew from a regional to a national and international organization. Libba has asked to step down from her position as Archivist at the end of this year's meeting, in order to pursue a number of exciting new projects that will take her work in new directions. She has assured me, however, that she will remain an active participant in NCSA, and I look forward to her contributions to next year's meeting.

It is a great honor for me to present Elizabeth Winston with the 2010 President's Award.

Meri-Jane Rochelson
President, NCSA
March 12, 2010