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Program of the 30th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2018

The theme for this year's symposium is “‘As If the Ear of the World Listened’: Celebrating Thirty Years of Southern Stories,” which is inspired by  Welty's novel Delta Wedding.

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 during the symposium.

Times listed are approximate start times of each reading—sessions begin at the following times: Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m.

author of Out of Speech

Friday, October 19, 2:10 p.m.


Adam Vines returns with his collection of ekphrastic poetry, Out of Speech, exploring the interactions of people and art. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Vines first came to the symposium with The Coal Life, a collection about early 20th-Century Alabama mining camps. Since then, he has collaborated on two collections with Allen Jin, According to Discretion and Day Kink. Vines teaches poetry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where he is Director of the English Honors program and editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review.


Did You Know?

  1. Adam Vines is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. 
  2. He worked for 20 years as a landscaper.
  3. He is on the staff of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference..

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