The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies is the largest public collection and the only university research archive in the world dedicated solely to John Steinbeck's life and work. The Center promotes Steinbeck's goals of empathy and understanding by supporting education, inquiry, and the literary arts through fellowships, awards, and publications.
Steinbeck in the Schools is the Center’s educational outreach program which supports teachers and students around the world in their study of Steinbeck and his writing.
The Steinbeck Fellows Program at San Jose State University offers a $10,000 fellowship to new writers working to finish a significant project. Fellows may be appointed in many fields, including literary scholarship, fiction, drama, education, science, and the media.
Louis Owens Essay Prize
The Louis Owens Prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student whose work focuses on Steinbeck or related subjects.
The Steinbeck Review
Printed bi-annually, the Steinbeck Review is a peer-reviewed journal published in collaboration with Penn State University Press. The journal explores the life and works of John Steinbeck.
The National Steinbeck Center is located just blocks away from the childhood home of John Steinbeck in Salinas, California. The Center has deep roots in the Salinas community and houses a wonderful museum dedicated to Steinbeck's life, his works, and the causes he championed. The National Steinbeck Center is host to a variety of community events, including the Steinbeck Festival, held annually in the Spring.
The National Steinbeck Center has an excellent educational outreach program whose crowning jewel is the Steinbeck Young Authors Program (SYA). The SYA is a drop-in curriculum that provides teachers with a structured, scaffolded approach to the writing process. Students move step-by-step through the writing and critical thinking process, building towards a culminating assignment, an analytical paper on "The Gift," the first story in The Red Pony. Participating Schools from across the Salinas Valley send a select few students to the Center for a Day of Writing.
The Steinbeck Institute is an intensive three-week summer workshop funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A limited number of teachers and scholars are accepted into the program and awarded a stipend through the NEH to help defray travel and lodging expenses.
Participants examine the life, works, and philosophies of John Steinbeck and his relevance today. The Steinbeck Institute focuses on expanding the scholarly knowledge of teachers. Sessions link many of Steinbeck's works to ecology, the land, marine biology, and pedagogical approaches to teaching Steinbeck in the classroom. The Steinbeck Institute is an excellent opportunity for teachers and scholars to expand their understanding of John Steinbeck and his works.
Steinbeck Now is a not-for-profit, non-commercial educational portal developed to benefit the public. Steinbeck Now accepts original articles and art with a fresh, transformative perspective on Steinbeck's life, thought, and persona.
The site is an excellent resource for current articles and events around the country related to John Steinbeck, his works, and his legacy.