History

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival was founded in 1986 by a group of local citizens who shared a common desire to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. From an ambitious start with 500 audience members enjoying two days’ entertainment, attendance has increased to the 10,000 audience seats filled in 2011 for our 25th anniversary and five days of programming.

Enjoy our retrospective of highlights from the past twenty-five years — from panels to plays to participants, here’s what we remember most: