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 Heating and Cooling

Mississippi's poet laureate, Beth Ann Fennelly, returns to the symposium with her genre-bending collection, Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs. Ranging in length from a sentence to a few pages, these essays take on a wide range of subjects from marriage, to a kiss in a swimming pool, to parenthood, and to writing. Fennelly is the author of three prior poetry collections, Unmentionables, Tender Hooks, and Open House, as well as the essay collection Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother and the novel, The Tilted World, coauthored with her husband Tom Franklin.

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