Vicksburg native and National Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist will return for the 25th Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium at Mississippi University for Women Oct. 24-26, 2013.
The Symposium theme, inspired by Eudora Welty's novel "Losing Battles," is "'Alive as Ever, on the Brink of Oblivion': Southern Writers in the Eye of the Storm."
Author of 23 books of fiction and non-fiction, Gilchrist has been called "a national treasure" by the Washington Post. At Millsaps College in Jackson, where she earned a second bachelor's degree, she studied under Eudora Welty, a W alumna and namesake of the Symposium.
Among Gilchrist's many books are "Victory Over Japan," a collection of short stories for which she won the National Book Award, and her memoir, "The Writing Life," which will be featured at the Symposium.
She also has written "The Land of Dreamy Dreams" (1981), "The Annunciation" (1982), "The Age of Miracles" (1995), and "I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting With My Daddy, and Other Stories" (2002), among many others. She currently serves as a faculty member at The University of Arkansas.
Other authors participating in the 2013 Symposium are Steven Barthelme, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Holly Goddard Jones, Cary Holladay, L. Lamar Wilson, Elizabeth Hughey, Steven Yates, Stephanie Powell Watts, Adam Vines, Stephen Fuller, and The W's own Michael Farris Smith.
Additional information about the Symposium, which is free and open to the public, can be found at www.muw.edu/welty or by contacting director Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg at (662) 329-7386.
The Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium is also on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter @WeltySymposium.
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