Program of the 2013 Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium

The symposium is scheduled for October 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2013. The theme for this year's symposium is "'Alive as Ever, on the Brink of Oblivion': Southern Writers in the Eye of the Storm" and is inspired by Eudora Welty's last novel "Losing Battles."

The names below are the list of authors for this year, including when available, links to author websites where you can learn a little more about this year's line-up. Don't forget that we will be selling books at Welty Book Table during the symposium.

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Friday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. - Noon  Poindexter Hall

Mitchell L. H. Douglas returns to the symposium to read from his new collection \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books. In this collection, Douglas follows the history of a Southern family after the death of its matriarch. Publisher’s Weekly praises the book as “Haunted by questions of blackness” and “packed with risk and conflict, but also beauty.” Douglas first appeared at the symposium in 2010 with his debut collection “Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem” on the Soul music legend Donny Hathaway.


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