Welcome to WSFS

You have reached the Web site of the Western States Folklore Society (formerly California Folklore Society). Click on the buttons in the navigation panel at the left to explore our site:

  • About WSFS describes the organization
  • Membership tells you how to join the Society
  • Publications describes our journal, Western Folklore, and how to submit articles and reviews for publication
  • Meetings contains information about our Annual Meetings in April
  • Contact Us provides email and surface mail addresses



The Annual Meeting for 2023 will be held on April 14-15, 2023 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Check the preliminary announcement for further information. A formal Call for Papers will appear in due course, with full particulars regarding registration and guidelines for submitting abstracts.

We have also drafted a Call for Panels ahead of our Call for Papers, as several members have proposed panels.

Proposed changes to WSFS Bylaws now available.

WSFS's Bylaws Review Committee has completed its work, which was approved by the Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting, April 8-9, 2022. A PDF of the Bylaws showing the proposed changes, with deletions marked in red strikeout and additions in blue, is available here. All changes are subject to approval by the membership, so if you’re a member, visit that page to review the original and changed versions side-by-side. You can also vote via the link at the top of that page.

Please submit your vote by December 31, 2022.

Western Folklore, Vol. 82, No. 1 mailed to membership

Volume 82, Number 1 (Winter, 2023), the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on December 2, 2022; please allow three weeks for delivery (foreign mail may take up to two months). To view the contents, refer to the Current Issue page.

Book review titles for Western Folklore now available online

Our new Review Editor, Afsane Rezaei, is looking for reviewers for a slew of new books, so we’ve added a new page that lists their titles. There you can select titles you would like to review. Afsane will then contact you about reviewing. To access the list, visit the Publications page and click on the Titles for Review button in the navigation panel.