Past Participants

Past authors, actors, musicians, and other Festival talent of note include…

Patricia Neal
Kim Hunter
Alec Baldwin
Anne Jackson
Eli Wallach
Marian Seldes
Elizabeth Ashley
Dick Cavett
Carrie Nye
Edward Albee
John Goodman
Stephanie Zimbalist
Gerald McRaney
Calvin Trillin
Barry Unsworth
John Berendt
Michael Cunningham
Richard Ford
Andrei Codrescu
Shirley Ann Grau
Robert Olen Butler
Kaye Gibbons
Edmund White
Christopher Durang
Julia Cameron
George Plimpton
Ernest Gaines
Anne Rice
Yusef Komunyakaa
Stephen Ambrose
Margaret Atwood
Dorothy Allison
Greil Marcus
James Lee Burke
Wally Lamb
Fannie Flagg
Ray Stricklyn
Margaret Walker
Doris Betts
Lyle Leverich
Donald Windham
Gavin Lambert
Lee Smith
Valerie Martin
John Mariani
Rex Reed
Rick Bragg
Dakin Williams
Zoe Caldwell
John Waters
Frances Sternhagen
Terrence McNally
John Patrick Shanley
John Guare
Gregory Mosher
Tab Hunter
Wright King
Lois Smith
Richard Thomas
David Simon
Eric Overmyer
Michael Lewis
Chris Hedges
Vernel Bagneris
Tom Sancton
Jeremy Lawrence
David Denby
Douglas Brinkley
Laura Lippman
Lois Chiles
Tim Gautreaux
Jason Berry
Harry Shearer
Bob Schieffer
Sara Moulton
Sarah Vowell
Sister Helen Prejean
Jill McCorkle
Shirley Knight
Carroll Baker
Grace Zabriskie
Armistead Maupin
James Carville
Bryan Batt
Amy Dickinson
Christian LeBlanc
John Biguenet
Darrell Bourque
and many more!