Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium to feature Tim Parrish and Deborah Johnson

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Louisiana native Tim Parrish will present the keynote reading for the 26th annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m., reading from his memoir “Fear and What Follows: The violent education of a Christian racist” and his new novel “The Jumper,” which transport readers to the gritty streets of working class Baton Rouge.

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Smith recipient of 2014 Mississippi Author Award

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Michael Farris Smith, associate professor of English at Mississippi University for Women, has been awarded the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for fiction by the Mississippi Library Association.

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Smith's novella rereleased as ebook from Simon & Schuster

Columbus, Miss. – Michael Farris Smith’s novella “The Hands of Strangers” is now available on Kindle, Nook and iTunes.

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`Rivers’ prequel to be issued by Simon & Schuster

Michael Farris SmithCOLUMBUS, Miss. -- Widely praised by readers and critics, Michael Farris Smith’s debut novel, “Rivers,” will continue its story of a hurricane-ravaged Mississippi with a prequel, also to be published by Simon & Schuster.

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The W to offer new master of arts in women’s leadership in fall 2014

The WCOLUMBUS, Miss. – In fall 2014, Mississippi University for Women will offer its master of arts in women’s leadership, which will give students the opportunity to use knowledge of women’s issues as a force for change in today’s world.

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`Rivers’ makes Hudson Booksellers Best Books of 2013

Michael Farris SmithCOLUMBUS, Miss. – Online, bookstores, and now airports are the latest location where Michael Farris Smith’s debut novel “Rivers” can be purchased.

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The W’s Humanities Teacher of the Year to present Monday

Dr. Nora CorriganCOLUMBUS, Miss. -- The Bard may be nearly 450 years old, but he still matters today, according to an assistant professor of English at Mississippi University for Women who has been named the university’s Humanities Teacher of the Year.

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Common Reading Initiative essay contest winners announced

CRI Essay Award WinnersCOLUMBUS, Miss. – Winners of The W’s Common Reading Initiative essay contest will be officially recognized tonight at the opening of the annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium.

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Gilchrist keynotes 25th Welty Symposium

Welty SymposiumCOLUMBUS, MS -- Esteemed Southern writer Ellen Gilchrist will give the keynote reading for the 25th annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, held October 24-26, 2013 on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

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The W’s Richardson turns his attention to scholarship, research

Dr. Thomas RichardsonCOLUMBUS, Miss. -- A respected faculty member and administrator at Mississippi University for Women is shifting his focus and exchanging administrative duties for academic. Dr. Thomas Richardson, currently Dean of Arts & Sciences, will continue his academic career with the university as Eudora Welty Chair in Humanities and Professor of English.

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