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Program of the 29th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2017

The theme for this year's symposium is "'So the incident became a story': Tales and Truths Around the South," which is inspired by Eudora Welty’s story "The Hitch-Hikers" from her collection, A Curtain of Green.

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.

author of The Tornado is the World

Catherine Pierce returns to the symposium with her third collection of poetry, The Tornado is the World, which The Rumpus describes as an "Ambitious Atlas of Fears." Winner of the 2017 and 2013 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awards for poetry, Pierce is co-director of creative writing at Mississippi State University and a frequent symposium participant. Her previous collections of poetry inclde Famous Last Words and The Girls of Peculiar.


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