Program of the 29th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2017

The theme for this year's symposium is "'So the incident became a story': Tales and Truths Around the South," which is inspired by Eudora Welty’s story "The Hitch-Hikers" from her collection, A Curtain of Green.

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 at Welty Book Table during the symposium.

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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