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.

will read from The Writing Life and her forthcoming collection of stories Acts of God

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m.  Poindexter Hall

Long considered a major voice in Southern literature, Vicksburg native Ellen Gilchrist is the author of eight novels, two collections of poetry, two collections of essays, and twelve collections of short stories, including “In the Land of Dreamy Dreams,” her best-selling first story collection, and “Victory over Japan,” which won the National Book Award for fiction. She has been a commentator for National Public Radio and has taught creative writing at the University of Arkansas. Booklist calls her collection of essays, The Writing Life, “Beautiful in its lucid, limpid eloquence; in the remarkable wisdom about human nature it displays; and in its delicious cocktail of sarcastic humor, disarming candor, and face-slapping intelligence.”



The Writing Life - Ellen Gilchrist