2018 Founding Leadership

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Raul Villareal, Executive Director

Raúl Villarreal is the Coordinator for Cultural Programs at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. He serves on the Santa Fe Cultural Community Engagement Board, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is co-founder of the Neo-Latino Artists Collective and over the past 35 years Villarreal has exhibited his art in 20 one person exhibits and over 400 group exhibits in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and China. In 2009, the Kent State University Press published Villarreal’s book, Hemingway’s Cuban Son, based on his father René’s memoirs of his friendship with the famous American author. That same year the book was a Finalist in the Memoir Category for the Independent Book Award. Villarreal has presented the book in the U.S., Cuba, Spain, and Switzerland.

In 2017 Villarreal organized the Hemingway: Between Key West and Cuba conference at Santa Fe College and co-wrote, co-produced and narrated Hemingway: Between Key West and Cuba, a 30-minute documentary inspired on the famous author’s life and work between the two islands. Mr. Villarreal contributed in the production of Papa’s Place, a CBS Sunday Morning special on Ernest Hemingway in 1999 with Charles Osgood. He also collaborated with the PBS Masters Series production of Rivers to the Sea (2005), Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gens (2013) and Hemingway’s Sea, 2018. Villarreal has assisted numerous Hemingway scholars with research on Hemingway’s life in Cuba.

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Allen Josephs, President

A world-renowned Hemingway scholar and past president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society, Josephs was also president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in 2008. He has written 12 books, including “On Hemingway and Spain: Essays & Reviews 1979 – 2013” and “White Wall of Spain: The Mysteries of Andalusian Culture;” four critical editions of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, and numerous articles published in the Atlantic, New Republic, New York Times Book Review and other scholarly publications.

Josephs received the George B. Smith Arts and Letters Award by the National Association of Taurine Clubs for his book: “Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida” and was conferred an honorary membership in the Taurine Bibliophiles of America for his outstanding contributions to taurine scholarship. In recognition of his distinguished record of scholarly and creative activities, Josephs was named UWF’s Faculty Distinguished Research and Creative Activities Scholar in 2007 and 1981.



Stone Meredith teaches online writing and literature to students of all ages. Her interest in Ernest Hemingway is focused on his journalism in the 1930s, much of which was composed from his Key West home on Whitehead Street. Her goals for the Society are to welcome new readers into the Hemingway world while discovering new details from those who enjoy and care for things Hemingway.

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Rebecca Johnston,co-vice president

Rebecca Johnston teaches at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. Rebecca’s interest in Hemingway began during one of many trips to Slovenia. Rebecca was the 2016 recipient of the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founder’s Fellowship and one of the 2017 recipients of the JFK Hemingway research grants. Her research interests center around Hemingway’s World War One literature.

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James Meredith, Editor

James H. Meredith teaches writing and literature at CSU: Global Campus and serves as Lead Faculty for graduate English. He served as President of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society for nine years and has discovered much Hemingway and Florida while living in the Tampa area for the last eight years.