Mission and Accomplishments

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The Festival’s mission is threefold: to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs; to nurture, support, and showcase regional, national, and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists; and to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered this city his spiritual home.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Contributions are deductible according to the provision of current tax laws.

The Festival is governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of teachers, writers, book-sellers, city government personnel, corporate representatives, and television consultants. It is a 501(c)3 organization, chartered in the state of Louisiana. Funding comes from auxiliary events, fund-raising parties, corporate and individual donations, and public and private foundation donations.

We don’t mean to brag, but every year the Festival:

  • Brings more than 130 authors, actors, and musicians to the Festival for our five-day event.
  • Provides professional writing education to more than 200 area students.
  • Supports year-round literary programs in the community.
  • Nurtures up-and-coming literary and theatrical talent through our contests and readings, which bring in more than 1,700 poems, short stories, and one-act plays.
  • Creates a total economic impact of 1 million dollars during the five-day event.

Awards and Accolades

  • Received the prestigious Louisiana Governor’s Art Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Arts Organization in 2008.
  • Earned the James Patterson Page-turner Award for excellence in finding innovative and effective ways to spread the joy of reading to the public in 2006.
  • Named one of the top ten literary festivals in the nation by USA Today.