Honorary Members

SAMLA proudly extends an honorary memberships to individuals for their scholarly work and professional contribution to SAMLA and to their respective fields of study. More information regarding the Honorary Member Award can be found on the Honorary Member Award page.

SAMLA’s Honorary Member Award recipients are as follows:


Weldon Thornton Germaine Brée +
H. R. "Stoney" Stoneback Elizabeth Spencer
Joseph Flora James Dickey +
Virginia Spencer Carr + William Bennett
Enrique Ruiz-Fornells Julien Green +
W. Ronald Schuchard A.R. Ammons +
Harper Lee Charlotte Young
Sena Jeter Naslund Walker Percy +
Lieselotte Kurth William Styron +
George Mills Harper + Shelby Foote +

Lee Smith

J. William Fulbright +
Nathan Scott Andrew Lytle +
Louis D. Rubin, Jr. + Q. O. McAllister
John Dowling John G. Kunstmann +
Carlos Rojas Cleanth Brooks+
Richard J. Finneran + Erskine Caldwell +
Doris W. Betts + Katherine Anne Porter +
Maryse Condé Allen Tate +
James Still + Frank Duffey
Cormac McCarthy Francis Fergusson +
George Garrett + Maxwell A. Smith +
Reynolds Price +

C. Waller Barrett +

Maya Angelou + Jesse Stuart +
Richard Marius + Robert Penn Warren +
Annie Dillard Eudora Welty +
Wendell Berry

Helen Yakobson +

  Sergius Yakobson +


+ = Deceased

To nominate someone as an Honorary Member, please complete and submit an Honorary Member Nomination form to the SAMLA office via email by April 1st for consideration for the following year. 

Please contact Dan Abitz at [email protected] or 404.413.5816 with any questions.