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Program of the 31st Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2019

The theme for this year's symposium is “'But Here I am, and Here I’ll Stay': Claiming Our Place in the South." It is inspired by Eudora Welty's story “Why I Live at the P.O.”

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 When You Learn the Alphabet

Friday, October 11, 9:40 a.m.

Kendra Allen was awarded the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction for her debut collection of lyric essays When You Learn the Alphabet by Kiese Laymon, who noted Allen “brilliantly animates the formal and informal education processes of becoming grown in America.” Allen was raised in Dallas and is currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. alphabet sm