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 The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories

Juyanne James tells tales of her native South Louisiana in her debut collection, The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories, which The New Orleans Review has praised as “immersed in rich, lush Southern settings, rural and urban.” Srong African American women and  families inhabit this collection, each on their own journey, much like James, who grew up on a farm, joined the navy at 17, and eventually returned to New Orleans to teach English at Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

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