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


DEADLINE EXTENDED for submitting abstracts

The deadline for submitting papers and other proposals for the 2024 Annual Meeting at Otis College for the Arts has been extended to March 3, 2024. Call for Papers for further information.

CALL FOR PAPERS: April 19-20, 2024.

The 2024 WSFS Annual Meeting will be held at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, 2024.

CURRENT ISSUE of Western Folklore sent to members

Volume 83, Number 1 (Winter, 2024), the most recent issue of Western Folklore, was mailed on December 15, 2023; 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 Review Editor, Afsane Rezaei, is looking for reviewers for a slew of new books. To access the list, visit the Publications page and click on the Titles for Review button in the navigation panel. There you can select titles you would like to review. Afsane will then contact you about reviewing.