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#TWF15 Fiction Contest Is Now Open

Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans, will select the winning story.

General Russel Honoré

Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and...

Bryant Terry

A national leader in the movement to promote healthy eating, Byrant Terry is the author of Afro-Vegan, The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen,...

Molly Antopol

Molly Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, was published by W.W. Norton. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace...

Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. She was shortlisted for a 2013 Frontline Print Journalism Award for her internationally-acclaimed...

Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review. Her first book, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, was...

Updated #TWF15 Mini Preview!

We're putting together the program for #TWF15 as we write! Here's who to expect in New Orleans next March.

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She attended Université Mohammed V in Rabat, University College in London, and the University of Southern...

Michael Pitre

Michael Pitre is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where he was a double major in history and creative writing. In 2002, he joined...

Lauren Cerand

Lauren Cerand advises her clients on buzz, and how to get it. Time Out New York called her one of the “cultural gatekeepers...

Phil Klay

Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College. He is a contributor to Fire...

Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India. He is the author of two previous collections of poems, Wild Kingdom and The Long Meadow, winner...

#TWF15 Poetry Contest Accepting Submissions!

Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry winner is judging our 2015 Poetry Contest.

Overview of Saints and Sinners Festival (May 15th – 18th)

As loyal Tennessee Williams Festival supporers, we thought you might be interested in checking out our affiliated Saints and Sinners Festival,  an internationally-recognized event that...

Give NOLA Day Happening TODAY May 6!

Tennessee Williams Fest Gives NOLA– the creative genius of Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams Fest Gives NOLA– the best of contemporary literature. Tennessee Williams Fest Gives NOLA–...

Give NOLA Day In One Week!

Support TWF on May 6th!

Hosted on Tuesday, May 6th by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s first one-day, online giving event to...

Saints and Sinners 2014 Coming Soon!

The 11th Annual Festival is happening in New Orleans May 15-18 2014. For tickets and more information, please visit sasfest.org or click here.

The Night of the Iguana Run Extended Until April 13th!

You asked for more Tennessee Williams. You got it!

Festival partner, Southern Rep is extending the run of its current production of Williams’ The Night...

Q&A with Douglas “Doogie” Fontaine

Local celebrity Douglas “Doogie” Fontaine took time out of his busy memoir-writing schedule to answer a couple questions.

Come see Douglas and Victor LaValle on...

#TWF14 Festival Updates

We're days away from our Festival (March 19-23, 2014). We've had some last minute changes as detailed below.

Hope You Enjoyed The Festival! Still Time to See Cat and Iguana This Week

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and helped make our 28th year a great success!

There is still...

Tell Us How We Did In 2014

We would love to hear your thoughts about your experience at the 2014 Festival. We hope you had a great time and would appreciate...

Save The Date for 2015

Join us for our 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 25-29, 2015.

Opening Night Gala For “The Hotel Plays”

Don’t miss the opening night of the Festival! Join us on Wednesday, March 19th for a night to remember with the Hotel Plays by Tennessee Williams and a...

Results of the 2014 One-Act Play Contest

Intrigue! Twists! Dramatic denouement! The 2014 One-Act Play Contest was full of this and more. The University of New Orleans’ Department of Film, Theater,...

The Best of the Fest

Author and longtime Festival board member Bev Marshall reminisces on her best memories of our past Festivals. We’re excited to unveil our 28th Festival...

Must Go Master Classes

Author Bev Marshall offers her best Master Class memories.

“Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”- Tennessee Williams.

My enthusiasm for the Master Classes is...

Historic Surroundings of #TWF14

The Festival, now in its 28th year, takes places at some truly historic locations, writes board member, Tracy Ferrington.

If along with your...

Eat Dat And Foodie Spreads At #TWF14

Festival Board Member Tracy Ferrington offers food suggestions.

One of the big draws for Festival attendees is the food. New Orleans is famous for its cuisine:  beignets,...

Drinking Up #TWF14

Board member Tracy Ferrington offers thoughts on libations at the Festival

The Festival can have quite an impact on attendees, so you might need a...

Volunteering During the Festival

We need you! Please join us this year and  Volunteer at the Festival - help make 2014 shine!

Volunteer shifts are approximately 5...

Vivien Opening Reception

“Vivien” by Rick Foster will premier at the Festival Thursday March 20 at Le Petit Theatre and we invite you to take part in...

The 2014 Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference

Take part in a celebration of our Festival’s namesake by joining this year’s Tennessee Williams Scholar’s Conference! Tickets are only $20 and can be...

2014 Fiction Contest – Finalists and Grand Prize Winners

The 2014 Fiction Contest enjoyed a remarkable number of entries by some extremely gifted writers.  #TWF14 Fiction Contest judges Emily Raboteau and Victor LaValle...

Literary Dance Party feat Surprise Interrogation Reading

Spend Friday March 21 in the club with our Literary Dance Party featuring a new event of a speculative nature, the Surprise Interrogation Reading.

Victor LaValle, author...

Sing Me A Story, Tell Me A Song: When Writing Demands Melody (Drummer And Smoke Series)

Don’t miss out on the 11:30 AM, Sunday March 23rd Drummer and Smoke session called, “Sing Me a Story, Tell me a Song: When Writing...

Elmore Leonard Was From Here: A Tribute

Elmore Leonard‘s dark humor and wit, distilled into books and later films such as Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, Justified) earned him a following from fans...

A Desire For Poetry: New Southern Poets At The Festival

Desire. One of Tennessee Williams’ favorite words, and certainly one of his favorite subjects. Not only did it form the core of his most...

Even Later Literary Late Night: Through The Looking Glass

Want more? Stay out  for our Even Later Literary Late Night Event, “Through the Looking Glass Plus a Special After Party with Fleur de Tease” on...

Tableau Menu

Hoping to add some of New Orleans’ delicious cuisine to your theatrical experience? Look no further than the special  pre-theatre menu...

Literary Dance Party feat. Surprise Interrogation Reading + Doogie!

Spend Friday evening of the #TWF14 Festival in the club with our Literary Dance Party featuring a new event of a speculative nature, the...

From Page to Stage: Judith Chapman’s Journey with Vivien Leigh

Star of the stage and screen, Judith Chapman brings to life the one woman show “Vivien” to the 2014 Festival. Buy your tickets here...

The Jazz Revival Revisited (Drummer and Smoke Series)

As part of our Drummer and Smoke series, we are proud to present “The Jazz Revival Revisited” featuring Tom Sancton and Dr. Michael White....

Friends of Tennessee Spotlight: Helen Ingram

The Festival happens thanks to the kindness of our Friends of Tennessee.

We would like to recognize long-time supporter and patron, Helen Ingram.

“Why do I...

Arnaud’s Restaurant Jazz Bistro

Live music and fine dining return to the birthplace of jazz at Arnaud’s more relaxed Jazz Bistro. Enjoy Dixieland Jazz and classic Creole cuisine in...

Beauregard Keyes House

For more information, visit http://www.bkhouse.org/

Baker Donelson

For more information: http://www.bakerdonelson.com/timeline-ourfirm-practices/

The Advocate

The New Orleans Advocate delivers all of your news, sports, politics, social coverage, obituaries, and investigative reporting every day of the week. It is...

Literary Tours Abroad

In their partnership with the Festival, Special Group Tours is offering their international “Literary Tours”  and would like to extend a special 10% discount...

The Writer: Thanks You!

The Writer: A Gift For All (Discount for Friends of Tennessee)

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with The Writer, which is always packed with practical, applicable craft...

2014 Program

The Festival features literary panel discussions, theatrical performances, master classes for individuals desiring a more intensive “one-on-one” opportunity with a notable expert in writing or...

Valentine’s Day Flash Sale!

Tennessee Williams' characters were all tragic lovers but we're not. Here's our early Valentine for you, a 24-hour 50% off sale on tickets for...

Theatre Theatre Theatre!

25 performances… 8 productions… 5 days… 4 venues!

Each year, the Festival presents theatrical works to compliment our literary, music and food events. In 2014,...

A Menagerie of Literary Events!

The 2014 Festival is happening soon and we’re so excited about this year’s line-up. See a full schedule of events listed here.

Tickets may be...

Tom Piazza

Tom Piazza is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel City Of Refuge, which won the Willie Morris Award,...

The Life and Times of Tennessee Williams in New Orleans

Tom Williams became “Tennessee” in 1939 when he moved to New Orleans at the age of 28, in hopes of finding...

Panel Listings Day by Day

Check out our listings of what is happening each day with our literary panels.

Click on the above title to be able to then click...

Full Schedule Now Available Online

Dear Festival friends,

We’re proud to share with you the full programming content for our 28th Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival!

We encourage you to take...

Don’t Miss Out on Our Exciting Theatrical Offerings!

Each year, the Festival proudly presents theatrical works to compliment our literary, music and food events. In 2014, we will feature more theatre than...

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS - The TW/NOLF presents a NOLA Project production: For the first time in over a decade,...

Vivien

VIVIEN BY RICK FOSTER & STARRING JUDITH CHAPMAN - Judith Chapman returns to the Festival in Vivien to kick-off our theater program in grand style....

En Avant! Tennessee Williams in His Own Words

Performed and arranged by Jeremy Lawrence.

“I couldn’t face a day without writing.” Tennessee Williams once wrote. In this performance piece, Tennessee talks about his...

Paul J. Willis, Executive Director

Paul J. Willis, executive director, has over 16 years of experience in non-profit management. He earned a B.S. degree in Psychology and an M.S....

Karissa Kary, Director Communications & Marketing, Volunteer Coordinator

Karissa Kary has been involved with the Festival  for more than 10 years as a Director (Marketing/Communications), project consultant, and theater production and volunteer...

The Place That I Was Made For: Hosted by Thomas Keith – Tennessee Williams’ Love Affair With New Orleans

On December 28, 1938, upon arriving in New Orleans for the first time, Williams wrote in his diary, “I am delighted, in fact, enchanted...

L. Lamar Wilson

L. Lamar Wilson’s Sacrilegion was chosen by Lee Ann Brown for the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series and received the Independent Publishers’...

Gwen Thompkins

Gwen Thompkins began her career at the Times-Picayune newspaper and in 1996 moved to Washington, DC, where she became the senior editor of...

David Savran

David Savran is the author of eight books, including Communists, Cowboys and Queers, about Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. His most recent is...

Ben Sandmel

Ben Sandmel is a New Orleans-based journalist, folklorist, and drummer. Author of the books Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans, and...

Annette J. Saddik

Annette J. Saddik is professor of English and Theatre at the City University of New York. She is the author of several books...

Veronica Russell

Veronica Russell is an award-winning actress and costume designer. She has a BFA in theater from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is...

Kristina K. Robinson

Kristina K. Robinson is a native New Orleanian and graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana. She has taught literature at Dillard University. Her poetry...

Sara Roahen

Sara Roahen is a freelance writer and oral historian living in New Orleans. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Saveur, Garden &...

Dane Rhodes

Dane Rhodes is a local actor and director. He has appeared on stages and in films around the world including: Django Unchained, Abraham...

Richard Reed

Richard Read has written about film, video games, travel, and cars for Gawker, Fodors, High Gear Media, and many points in-between. He’s also the...

Douglas Ray

Douglas Ray is author of He Will Laugh (Lethe Press, 2012), a collection of poems, and editor of The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry...

J.R. Ramakrishnan

J.R. Ramakrishnan co-curates literary programs for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Her journalism has appeared in Style.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Chicago Tribune, and Grazia,...

R. Barton Palmer

R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he also directs the film studies program. Author, editor, or...

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy has been in the book business since 1981. His first 13 years were with Random House, where he was a VP...

Brenda Murphy

Brenda Murphy is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. She has written a number of articles...

Benjamin Morris

Benjamin Morris, a native of Mississippi, is a writer and researcher whose work appears in such publications as the Oxford American, the Southern...

Mikko

Mikko got his Masters in Theatre from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York and then came back to New Orleans to start...

Mary McCay

Mary McCay is the Landrieu Distinguished teaching professor at Loyola University. She was the founding director of the Walker Percy Center. She served as...

Bev Marshall

Bev Marshall is the critically-acclaimed author of Walking Through Shadows, Right As Rain, Hot Fudge Sundae Blues, and Shared Words: A Guide to...

Mary H. Manhein

Mary H. Manhein, a forensic anthropologist is Director of LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory, Director of the Louisiana Repository...

Richard Louth

Richard Louth is a Professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he teaches courses in Living Writers, Louisiana Literature, and Creative Writing...

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a British writer. His two novels, Who Is Mr Satoshi? and Joy, have been translated into several languages. He is...

Jeremy Lawrence

This is Jeremy Lawrence’s ninth Festival. Recent stage work includes his second “Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol at the 2300 seat Hanover Theatre...

Susan Larson

Susan Larson is the vice president for literary programming for the Festival. She was the book editor for the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988...

Peggy Scott Laborde

Peggy Scott  Laborde is the senior producer for the New Orleans PBS station, WYES-TV, where she hosts Steppin’ Out, New Orleans’ only weekly...

Thomas Keith

Thomas Keith has edited over a dozen titles by Tennessee Williams for New Directions and is co-editing The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams...

David W. Hoover

David W. Hoover is the chair of the Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans.  For the Festival, he...

Kenneth Holditch

Kenneth Holditch’s work revolves around Tennessee Williams scholarship, including being editor of the Tennessee Williams Journal and co-editor, along with Mel Gussow, of the...

Greg Herren

Greg Herren is the award-winning author of over twenty novels and fifty short stories. His most recent young adult novel, Lake Thirteen, won a...

Nigel Hamilton

Nigel Hamilton is the author of more than twenty works of biography. Monty, his three-volume life of Field Marshal Montgomery, won the Whitbread Prize...

Janet Daley Duval

Janet Daley Duval is a local attorney whose avocation is theater. She has appeared in local productions as Miriam Aarons in The Women,...

Nancy Dixon

Nancy Dixon is an English professor at Dillard University in New Orleans and has been studying, teaching, and writing about Louisiana literature for...

Jackie Davis

Jackie Davis, director of Gift of an Orange, is an actor, director and producer working in television, film and theater.  She is the founding...

Brenda Currin

Brenda Currin, an Obie award winner (My Sister in This House by Wendy Kesselman), has been in such films as In Cold Blood (Nancy...

Rich Cohen

Rich Cohen, a New York Times bestselling author, grew up on the North Shore of Chicago, where he died with the Cubs and was...

Garnette Cadogan

Garnette Cadogan writes about arts and culture for various publications. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Harlem Renaissance and is...

Robert Bray

Robert Bray is the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. He is also the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review....

2014 Poetry Contest – Finalists and Grand Prize Winner

The 2014 Poetry Contest was a banner event for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, in that we enjoyed a record number of submissions...

Beau Bratcher

Beau Bratcher returns to the Festival as director of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He previously directed Weïrd for the 2008 Festival...

Patricia Brady

Patricia Brady is the biographer of two First Ladies—Martha Washington and Rachel Jackson—and artist Julien Hudson, a free man of color.  Recently, she...

Willie Birch

Willie Birch creates politically incisive yet emotionally sensitive work that addresses issues related to African-American culture and survival. Birch’s work has powerful political,...

Thomas Beller

Thomas Beller is the author of The Sleepover Artist: A Novel, Seduction Theory: Stories, and How To Be A Man: Essays. His short fiction...

John Bak

John Bak is professeur at the Université de Lorraine in France, where he teaches courses in literary journalism and American drama and theatre....

2014 Poetry Contest – Finalists and Grand Prize Winner

The 2014 Poetry Contest was a banner event for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, in that we enjoyed a record number of submissions...

Broussard’s Restaurant

In a city that joyously celebrates dining as an art form, Broussard’s has been a favorite fixture in New Orleans for nearly 100 years.

Dishes...

Bon Temps Coffee

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” is the slogan for the Mardi Gras celebrations held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Bon Temps Coffee reflects our New...

The People Say Project

The People Say Project produces innovative live events and high quality digital content that focus on culture and money.  We partner with universities, festivals,...

Southern Eagle Sales & Service, L.P.

Southern Eagle Sales and Service, L.P. is a beverage based wholesaler, distributing and servicing Anheuser-Busch products and its alliance brands, throughout the parishes of Orleans,...

Bryan Batt

Native New Orleanian Bryan Batt has won two Screen Actor’s Guild awards for his portrayal of Salvatore Romano on AMC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy, Golden...

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the author of four books of fiction, including Instant Love, The Kept Man, and The Melting Season. Her latest, the...

Allison Alsup

Allison Alsup’s fiction has won multiple national contests, and one of her stories will be featured in the 2014 O. Henry Awards. In...

The Kingfish Returns, Next Weekend Only!

History comes alive next weekend at the Joy Theater with The Kingfish: The Life & Times of Huey P. Long. Don’t miss Festival favorites John...

Tennessee Williams Festival Tickets Available Now!

Click HERE  to buy tickets. Our full program will be online SOON! We will email again in the coming days and let you know when...

The Hotel Plays by Tennessee Williams

Williams set many of his plays in hotel rooms and boarding houses: way stations between life and death, dream and reality. The Provincetown Tennessee...

French Art Network

Twentieth century French art is hot at this French Quarter gallery. The French Art Network features impressionistic and post-impressionistic works on canvas from both past and modern masters. Artistson display range from Denis...

Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

A 501(c)3 performing arts organization, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré is dedicated to presenting high quality theatrical performances to entertain, inform, and educate the...

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

The Community Partnership Grants program is a historic part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s efforts to support the musical culture of...

University of California Press

Founded in 1893, University of California Press is one of the largest and most adventurous scholarly publishers in the nation. The nonprofit publishing arm of...

Dillard University

Dillard University is a private, historically black, comprehensive liberal arts institution, having as its purpose the development of graduates who are broadly educated, culturally...

The Selley Foundation

The purpose of the Selley Foundation, a donor advised fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is to improve the lives of people in...

The Writer Magazine

The Writer has been an essential resource and tool for writers since 1887. On a monthly basis, the magazine offers advice, tips, inspiration, connection and...

Special Group Tours

Special Group Tours (SGT) is a niche market tour company that specializes in small group touring on interesting itineraries to destinations in the UK...

Whole Foods Market

Serving Louisiana since 1988, Whole Foods Market is proud to partner with and support the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, a 2013 5% Day...

Saturday Panel Listing

Happening at the locations listed below, your All Access Festival Pass (which can be purchased here), your Weekend Festival Pass or your One Day Panel Pass...

Friday Panel Listings

Happening at the Hotel Montleone in the Queen Anne Ballroom, your All Access Festival Pass (which can be purchased here), your Weekend Festival Pass...

Sunday Panel Listings

Happening at the locations listed below, your All Access Festival Pass (which can be purchased here), your Weekend Festival Pass or your One Day Panel Pass...

Elizabeth Pearce

Elizabeth Pearce is the founder of Drink & Learn where guests hear the history of New Orleans and its iconic drinks through interactive tours...

Gift of an Orange by Charlene Donaghy

A hitch-hiker down on his luck falls off the beaten path in Tennessee Williams’ short story, “Gift of an Apple” (written in 1936). Award-winning...

Don’t Miss The Bacchanal THIS Weekend: January 10 And 11

We invite you to join us for the New Play Bacchanal, a joint effort this January by Southern Rep and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans...

One Act Plays Reading and Staging

Happening Sunday the 23rd.

11 A.M.: STAGED READING OF THE 2014 FESTIVAL ONE-ACT PLAY CONTEST WINNER

12 P.M.: PRODUCTION OF 2013 WINNER: “FATHER” BY FREDERICK MENSCH Both...

The Night of the Iguana by Tenneesee Williams

Three women…one man…one night! A disgraced Reverend seeking refuge in alcohol and carnality. A woman of extraordinary grace who nonetheless feels forlorn and abandoned....

Sunday Supper at Beauregard-Keyes House

Sunday, March 23, 2014. 6:30 P.M.—8:30 P.M.

While living at this magnificent center hall villa, once occupied by General Beauregard himself, Francis Parkinson Keyes wrote...

Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams

Produced by Southern Rep Theatre.

Directed by: Phil Karnell Starring Mike Harkins, Aimée Hayes, Idella Johnson and Bob Edes, Jr.

A disgraced Reverend seeking refuge in alcohol...

Five by Tenn: An Evening of Selected Scenes from Tennessee Williams Plays

Don’t miss these one night performances of FIVE BY TENN and THE GRAND DAMES at the Bacchanal next week. Tickets available at: southernrep.com or CALL: 504-522-6545

WHEN: Saturday, January...

THE GRANDE DAMES

The Grande Dames of New Orleans: MOVE OVER REAL HOUSEWIVES! WHEN: Friday, January 10 at 7:00 PM WHERE: Marigny Opera House, 725 St Ferdinand St, New Orleans,...

Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest

Free and open to the public, this event will take place at 4:15 pm on Sunday, March 23 at Jackson Square.

Contestants vie to rival...

Writing Marathon

The Festival is the perfect weekend to jump start your writing endeavors. This year, for the third time, we are delighted to present The...

‘Tis the Season for Year-End Giving

If you haven’t yet, now is the perfect time to become a Friend of Tennessee. If you make a donation by the end of the calendar year,...

End Of Year Ideas: Gifts And Donations!

We are thankful for Friends and supporters like you. As the year wraps up we want to thank all of you that have given...

David Kaplan

David Kaplan, director of The Traveling Companion and Mr. Paradise, is curator and co-founder of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Plays by Tennessee...

Jef Hall-Flavin

Jef Hall-Flavin, director of Green Eyes, is the Executive Director for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, where he directed Eugene O’Neill’s Diff’rent, as...

Charlene A. Donaghy

Charlene A. Donaghy, playwright for Gift of an Orange, has produced plays all around the United States including shows in New York City and...

Jackie Davis

Jackie Davis, director of Gift of an Orange, is an actor, director and producer working in television, film and theater. She is the founding...

Frederick Mensch

Frederick Mensch is a Chicago-based screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His screenplay Supreme Ruler is in development with Ron Livingston, Marcia Gay Harden and Vincent...

Douglas Ray

Douglas Ray is author of He Will Laugh (Lethe Press, 2012), a collection of poems, and editor of The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press,...

Ian McNulty

Ian McNulty covers food culture and dining as a staff writer for the New Orleans Advocate. His radio commentary “Where Y’Eat” airs weekly on...

Bill Cotter

Bill Cotter was born in Dallas in 1964, and has labored as an antiquarian book dealer and restorer since 2000. He presently lives in...

Rebecca Theim

Rebecca Theim is a former reporter with the Times-Picayune. After leaving the newspaper business and a 15-year career in corporate PR, she...

Lilah Hegnauer

Lilah Hegnauer is the author, most recently, of Pantry (Hub City Press). She has taught American Literature and creative writing at James Madison University,...

Shirley Thompson

Shirley Thompson lives in Austin, where she teaches American studies and black studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author...

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, New York magazine, Harper’s, The Believer,...

Auditions for “The Hotel Plays” Dec 16&17- Sign Up Here!

Auditions being held for "The Hotel Plays" to be presented during the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2014.

Join Us For Our Final Coffee And Conversation Discussion Of The Year!

Join author Errol Laborde for Coffee and Conversation as he discusses Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival at the Jefferson Parish Library. The event is free...

Marie Breaux

Marie Breaux practices intellectual property law. She assists businesses and individuals with trademark and copyright registrations, licenses, contracts, and litigation in federal court.  A...

Literary Gifting: Presenting Our Holiday Ticket Special And A Gift From The Writer

Buy a book lover the ultimate New Orleans literary sojourn. Choose between one of our discounted options but hurry, our sale ends January 6!

Frederick Barton

Rick Barton is the UNO Creative Writing Workshop director and the author of seven books, including the volume of essays, Rowing to Sweden...

Tomorrow Night Only, Don’t Miss Your Last Chance For Tickets, Books and Booze Literary Scavenger Hunt!

Join us tomorrow as we bring literature and writing to life with an evening that celebrates local bookstores, authors and readers alike! With  beer...

For You: (50% off) Books and Booze Scavenger Hunt – Advanced Tickets Only!

Only 4 More Days Till the Literati Adventure Begins (Books and Booze Scavenger Hunt – Advanced Tickets Only)!

We know that you love reading and...

Only 4 More Days Till the Literati Adventure Begins (Books and Booze Scavenger Hunt – Advanced Tickets Only)!

Everyone knows that the very act of reading and writing is a solitary one. Come out for a night that changes all of that,...

Sally Asher

Sally Asher is the public relations photographer for Tulane University. She has a masters degree in English from Tulane University and is currently pursuing...

Tom Sancton

New Orleans native Tom Sancton worked for 22 years as a writer, editor and correspondent for TIME Magazine. He has taught creative writing at...

Blake Bailey

Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson, and he is currently working on the authorized biography of...

Bill Loehfelm

Bill Loehfelm is the author of four novels, most recently, The Devil in Her Way, a new installment in the Maureen Coughlin adventure that...

Get Your Tickets For A Night To Remember – Books and Booze Literary Scavenger Hunt!

*Advanced tickets only, there will be no tickets sold at the door so reserve your spot today.

We will kick off and end at beautiful literary...

Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass, Italian Fever, The Great Divorce, Mary Reilly, and the 2003 Orange Prize-winning Property. She...

Cats, Iguanas and a Menagerie of Talent Slated for the 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, March 19-23, 2014

NEW ORLEANS– A stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent will gather for the 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, marking its 28th fête honors...

Dr. Michael White

Dr. Michael White is a leading figure in the traditional New Orleans music scene and a relative of several first generation jazz musicians. He...

Poppy Tooker

Poppy Tooker is the author of the Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook, awarded the Eula Mae Dore Tabasco Cookbook Award for historic content. Her...

NEW EVENT: French Quarter Books and Booze Crawl (and coffee too!) Friday, November 22, 2013

This trivia and book crawl through the great bookstores and literary landmarks of the French Quarter will be a night to remember.

Write Well and Make Something Happen: Q&A with #TWF14 Fiction Contest Judges Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau

This year, we will have not one, but two acclaimed authors, Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau, serve as judges for our sixth annual Fiction...

Support The Festival and Join Us at #TWF14

We hope you’ll consider supporting our Festival by becoming a Friend of Tennessee. As a small non-profit facing the realities of ever-shrinking arts funding,...

Kent Wascom

Kent Wascom was born in New Orleans and raised along the Gulf coast. He has a BA from Louisiana State University and an MFA...

Zachary Lazar

Zachary Lazar graduated from Brown University and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has written three books. His novel, Sway, was chosen as...

Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History....

Matt Sakakeeny

Matt Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist, journalist, and musician in New Orleans, and assistant professor of music at Tulane University. His book Roll With It: Brass...

John Freeman

John Freeman is an award-winning writer and critic. The former editor of Granta and onetime National Book Critics Circle president, he has written for...

George Bishop

George Bishop, Jr. holds degrees from Loyola University and the University of North Carolina. He has lived and taught in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan,...

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown has written for GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and other publications. He has appeared on NPR,  MSNBC, and elsewhere to discuss...

Carolyn Kolb

Carolyn Kolb’s most recent book is New Orleans Memories:  One Writer’ City (University Press of Mississippi). She is a former Times-Picayune reporter and a...

S.L. Alexander

S.L. Alexander, PhD, an award-winning journalist, currently serves on Loyola University’s faculty. Her most recent book is Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials. Alexander’s...

Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. Her memoir,...

Rebecca Snedeker

Rebecca Snedeker is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and co-author of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California Press), a book of 22...

Kit Wohl

Kit Wohl is a writer, photographer, graphic designer, and artist. She is the CEO of Whol & Company, a New Orleans-based advertising,...

Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd is an actress, director, writer, author, and producer. Her first Oscar nomination was for Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here...

Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and a writer for Elle Décor, Architectural Digest and Conde Nast Traveler. Her books...

Become a Friend of Tennessee

Dear Friend,

We’re excited to be approaching our 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, which will take place March 19-23, 2014.

Each year, our five-day...

Q&A with Robert Pinsky, Poetry Contest Judge

We’re honored to have Robert Pinsky judge of our 2014 Poetry Contest. Pinsky served as the U.S. Poet laureate from 1997-2000. We were thrilled...

Becoming A Friend Of Tennessee Is Easy!

•J O I N   O N L I N E •Join by phone. Call 504-581-1144 to speak with a staff member.

Membership Levels: LAUREATES $2,500 CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE $1,000 PUBLISHERS...

Festival Preview

Thought-provoking discussions featuring Megan Abbott, Dorothy Allison, The Writer magazine editor-in-chief Alicia Anstead, David Armand, actress and writer Adrienne Barbeau, former Louisiana poet laureate...

A Festival Testimonial: Ben Philippe, 2013 Fiction Contest Winner

Ben Phillipe’s short story “Momentum” was chosen as the winner of our 2013 Fiction Contest by judge and Pulitzer-prize winner Michael...

Summer Is Flying By: Don’t Miss the Ticket Special $395 (Over $100 Savings, Only 7 Days Left!)

We’re striving for magic as we move towards our 28th annual Festival on March 19-23, 2014. And for a limited time only, you can enjoy...

We Wholeheartedly Thank Whole Foods Market

It was a success! Thanks to you and your healthy appetite The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival raised some good dough at our 5%...

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg’s debut collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great...

Gary Richards

Gary Richards is associate professor and chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington. He is the...

Michelle Wildgen

Michelle Wildgen’s third novel, Bread and Butter, will be published in February 2014 by Doubleday. She is the author of the novels You’re Not...

Lila Quintero Weaver

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lila Quintero Weaver immigrated with her family to the United States in 1961. Darkroom: A Memoir in Black &...

Justin Torres

Justin Torres grew up in upstate New York. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Glimmer Train, and other publications....

Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau is the author of the novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and a work of nonfiction, of Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home...

Brett Martin

Brett Martin is a correspondent for GQ. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food...

Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, a collection of short stories, and three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil...

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America...

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia...

Bill Cheng

Bill Cheng received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Baruch College and is a graduate of Hunter College’s MFA program. Born and raised in...

David Armand

David Armand teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press. In 2010 his first novel, The...

Alicia Anstead

Alicia Anstead is editor-in-chief of the national magazines Inside Arts and The Writer, and is co-founding editor of the Harvard Arts Blog. She is...

Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of six novels, including The End of Everything and her latest novel, Dare Me, which is being made...

Join Us for Coffee and Conversation!

Our Coffee and Conversation series kicks off this September at the Jefferson Parish Library. This series includes local author interviews, book signings of their latest...

Make Groceries and Support New Orleans Literature

Shop at Whole Foods Market in Metairie on August 7, 2013 and 5% of your total will benefit the Festival!

9 Days Left! Enter the Poetry Contest to Win $1,000

The deadline of our 4th annual Poetry Contest is drawing near! Submit your poetry by August 15, 2013 for a fantastic opportunity to share your work and win...

The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane Presents “Romeo and Juliet”

Hot on the heels of its critical success The Merry Wives of Windsor, our Festival friends at The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane present William Shakespeare’s Romeo...

2013

Catch a glimpse of our 2013 Festival, just in case you missed us in March (or if you want to relive the weekend hoopla).

Ideas for TWFest 2014?

We want to hear ‘em!

Drop us a line on Facebook and Twitter. Want to be considered as a speaker? Visit our FAQ to learn how to submit a proposal...

Book Your Accommodations for 2014

Remember, rooms at the Hotel Monteleone sell out quickly. Only 80 rooms are reserved in a block for Festival attendees. The discounted room rate is $190 per...

Lit Couple to Judge 6th Annual Fiction Contest

Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau will jointly judge our 6th Annual Fiction Contest.

Win a $1,500 Prize, Enter the 6th Annual Fiction Contest

With the summer heat bearing down on NOLA again, the time has come to submit a work of fiction to the 6th Annual Fiction...

If Fiction Isn’t Your Cup of Tea, Submit a One-Act Play Instead

We are also accepting submissions to the 28th Annual One-Act Contest. Submit a one-act play running no more  than an hour by November 1st, 2013....

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Saints and Sinners Festival with a 50% Discount for Locals

Mark your calendars this May 23-26 for the 10th annual Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival in the French Quarter’s Hotel Monteleone! Come hear...

“I Sing of Change”: Conversation with Niyi Osundare

2013 Festival Speaker Niyi Osundare is a force of nature across all genres and media. Best known as a poet, he is also...

Festival Wrap-Up

Thank you all so much for joining us to celebrate the 27th annual Festival! Old friends came from near and far to rekindle our...

Festival Figures

Back at the office, we’re tallying up everything that went into making it a truly memorable weekend. Here are a few of our Festival...

Perfect Attendance

Top 3 Attended Literary Panel Discussions

New Orleans in 1920s: Bohemians, Baby Dolls, and Storyville Writing New Orleans: the Most “Exotic” Place in America Conversation with Michael...

Overheard at the Festival

“#TWF13 Festival author (and 2013 fiction writing contest judge) Michael Cunningham talks marriage and divorce in his impromptu #SixWordStory  http://ow.ly/jmezf” “Heinz Heisl and Magdalena Kauz come...

Festival Best-Sellers

Local independent bookseller Garden District Book Shop offered Festival authors’ books for sale, along with special books about Louisiana and all things Tennessee. How...

Take the 2013 Festival Survey

Fill out our brief survey for a chance to win a free Stella-a-a! tank top.

Robert Pinsky to Award $1,000 in 4th Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline is August 15th. The judge is former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

Join Us at the Saints and Sinners Festival this May!

Going through literary festival-withdrawal? Mark your calendars this May 23-26 for the 10th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival!

Saturday Night: The Legend in Others’ Words

Who do we talk about when we talk about Tennessee? Join us at 8 p.m. on Saturday night for Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words,...

Opening Night Gala: A Tennessee Williams Songbook

Join our Opening Night Gala to indulge all your senses. An intimate reception with decadent food and drinks will be followed by the New...

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is committed to reimagining, rebuilding and engaging The Gulf South region through the works and words of...

Box Office Updates

Our online box office will close on Wednesday, March 20th 11 a.m. CST. The box office will re-open on site at The Hotel Monteleone...

From New Orleans to Broadway and Back: Interview with Bryan Batt

Bryan Batt is most recognized for his role as Salvatore on the acclaimed hit show Mad Men, but his talent and creativity translate across...

7 Important Festival News Items

1. Every year, major stars gather to pay tribute to Tennessee. Join us for this year’s tribute, Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words. Among the...

Revisit Tennessee’s French Quarter Stomping Grounds: Literary Walking Tours

New Orleans — and especially the French Quarter — played a very vital part in shaping Tennessee Williams. When he came here for the first time, he was...

“STELLA-A-A-A!”: The Stella/Stanley Shouting Contest Returns!

That’s right, the Tennessee Williams Festival’s annual Stella/Stanley Shouting Contest is back for #TWF13! Read on for details on this very special event and...

The 27th Annual Stella/Stanley Shouting Contest

Join the #TWF13 Stanley/Stella Shouting Contest and vie to rival Stanley Kowalski’s shout for “STELLAAAAA!!!” in the unforgettable scene from A Streetcar Named Desire....

Sponsor Spotlight: Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s is a most unusual Gin that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced, thanks to its delightfully unique flavour,...

Check Out Our Shouts on Youtube and Vine

It’s no secret that our annual Stanley/Stella Shouting Contest features impassioned participants from around the country who take their shouting very seriously. Each year...

Welcome to the 2013 Festival

With the Festival just around the corner, we would like to invite all of our friends at the Garden District Book Shop to come...

Friday & Saturday: Literary Late Night

When the sun goes down, the festivities carry on with our Late Night special events. On Friday we present Literary Jook Joint, a series...

Literary Jook Joint: Q&A with MelaNated Writers Collective

The MelaNated Writers Collective nurtures emerging writers-of-color in New Orleans, and has been embraced by local fans as well as national media outlets. Learn...

New Orleans Nocturnes: Q&A with People Say Project

Jarret Lofstead's edge and enthusiasm cuts through to crucial issues in the development of New Orleans’s cultural economy.

Cocktails and Conversation with Festival Author, Kit Wohl

Among the 2013 Festival’s many special events, is the Saturday afternoon discussion of classic New Orleans cocktails led by author Kit Wohl and mixologist...

Special Event: “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon”

The 2013 Festival special event, “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon,” pairs critically acclaimed author Kit Wohl with mixologist Hadi Kitiri-Idrissi, to sample and...

Bryan Batt Reads at the Festival’s Thursday Night Event

Mad Men’s Bryan Batt will be performing at the Thursday night theater event “Those Rare Electrical Things Between People: Readings of Three One-Act Plays...

Tennessee Returns! Actor Jeremy Lawrence as Tennessee Williams

Crowd favorite Jeremy Lawrence returns to the 2013 Festival to explore the character of our eponymous playwright, Tennessee Williams. The actor and writer has...

New Orleans Writing Marathon

This Festival, writers can truly have it all! Hone your ideas and techniques while also exploring the historic French Quarter. The New Orleans Writing...

Snag Your Tickets to Sell-Out Events

We’re keeping a close eye on sale counts so don’t hesitate or you might lose your spot. Get these much-coveted tickets to our most...

We Still Need You! Volunteer at the Festival and Sign up Today!

Join us for a volunteer shift (or two) and earn a Festival Panel Pass ($75 value) and the satisfaction that you are helping a...

Experience Tennessee Williams’ “Auto-Da-Fe” Performed on a Live Set in the French Quarter

The annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is known for its stellar theater performances, and this year is no different. Tennessee Williams’ one-act, “Auto-Da-Fe,”...

Festival Offerings That Help You Get Published

Need help navigating the complex process of publishing your work? Take advantage of these 6 Festival offerings designed specifically to help you get published.

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Announcing the Results of the 27th Annual One-Act Play Contest

The Festival is staunchly committed to nurturing emerging writers, and the abundance of fresh talent we receive every year is stunning.

Announcing the Results of the 5th Annual Fiction Contest

We’d like thank all the writers who submitted work for consideration. It was our pleasure and honor to receive such challenging, poignant, and innovative...

Opening Night Fever: Cocktail Gala & New Orleans Premiere of Only A Paper Moon

An intimate reception with decadent food and drinks will be followed by the New Orleans premiere of "Only A Paper Moon," a tribute to...

Interview with David Kaplan, Curator of “Only A Paper Moon”

A lively interview with David Kaplan explores how Williams used music to articulate the complex human experience of both suffering and joy, often at...

Get the Most Out of Your Festival Experience

Are you planning your Festival itinerary? Trying to decide which ticket types to buy? Want to score seats for those coveted wait-listed events? Consult...

24 Hours of Tennessee: A Sample Day at the Festival

A five-day celebration of literature and Tennessee Williams is an exciting prospect, to be sure. But given this bevy of programming options, how does...

Seats Now Available for Select Wait-Listed Events

Previously, we announced that a few of our limited-seating events were on hold. We are pleased to let you know that we now have...

Buying Tickets, Demystified: Browse Our Best Packages

VIP All-Access Pass The VIP All-Access Pass grants unlimited access to the Festival’s 70 literary and theatrical events over the course of the entire weekend....

Highlights of Our VIP All-Access Pass

We cordially invite you to join us for our 27th Annual Festival on March 20-24th. Our program features some of the most brilliant stars...

Wednesday: Opening Night Gala

Join us for an intimate reception with decadent food and drinks, followed by the New Orleans premiere of "Only A Paper Moon," a tribute...

Brenda Marie Osbey

Brenda Marie Osbey is the former poet laureate of Louisiana, recipient of the 1998 American Book Award, and a distinguished visiting professor of Africana...

Saturday Night: Tennessee in Others’ Words

Who do we talk about when we talk about Tennessee? Join us at 8 p.m. on Saturday night for Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words,...

Q&A with Thomas Keith, Host and Curator of “Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words”

We interviewed Thomas Keith to learn more about "Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words," a window into the man behind the works that so viscerally...

Polish Your Writing Skills in Our Master Classes

Interested in sharpening your fiction writing skills, shopping your book to an agent, or even delving into the world of screenwriting? Discuss these topics,...

Menu of 2013 Master Classes

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Master Class: The Art of Self-Publishing Instructor: Cornell Landry Cost: $25 individually, or included in Full Series Pass $175 Date: Thursday, March 21,...

Q&A with Critically Acclaimed Author and Master Class Instructor, Zachary Lazar

For his novel Sway, Zachary Lazar ventured back to the London of the 1960s. In his memoir, Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s...

A Word from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and Master Class Instructor, John Patrick Shanley

During the class Shanley discusses his screen and stage career, and offers insider wisdom and his personal thoughts on the writing life. Facilitated by...

A Conversation with Harry Shearer, Artist-Activist Extraordinaire

We attempt to pick his endlessly creative brain and hold our own alongside his disarming wit.

Volunteer at the 2013 Festival!

The Festival is fast approaching, and we’re excited about this year’s program.

And while we’ve lined up our theatre stars, contemporary literary legends, and various...

John Magill

John Magill is curator / historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection where he has been employed since 1982.  His fields of study include...

Q&A with Southern Rep’s Aimée Hayes

Southern Rep Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes, is here to discuss the 2013 Festival's Thursday night theater event, “Those Rare Electrical Things Between People: Readings...

Galleria Bella

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Tableau

Opened in 2013 – Tableau is located on the corner of Jackson Square, next to America’s oldest community theatre – Le Petit Theatre. Tableau...

The Box Office Is Open!

Reserve your tickets today! Many events are extremely popular and sell out very quickly.

2013 Festival Raffle: Win the Festival Library!

Win dozens of new releases and classics penned by our speakers and help support our WriteNow outreach program.

David Kaplan

David Kaplan is curator and co-founder of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, author of Tennessee Williams in Provincetown, and editor of Tenn at One Hundred....

Christian Jules LeBlanc

Christian Jules LeBlanc is a seven-time Emmy nominee and three-time Oustanding Lead Actor Emmy-winner. LeBlanc stars as Michael Baldwin on CBS’s number one rated daytime...

Judith Chapman

Judith Chapman is famed for playing villainess roles in daytime soaps. She is perhaps best known for her role as scheming Gloria Fisher Abbott...

Peggy Scott Laborde

Peggy Scott Laborde is the senior producer for WYES-TV and host of “Steppin’ Out,” New Orleans’ only weekly arts and entertainment review program. In 2011, she...

Alecia Long

Alecia Long is a professor of History and the author of The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865-1920, which was...

Ben Berry

Ben Berry created the role of Don in Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical play The Parade, which had its world premiere performance at the Provincetown Tennessee...

Jeremy Lawrence

This will be Jeremy Lawrence’s eighth appearance at the Festival. This past year he has appeared in Into the Woods, Tartuffe and as Scrooge...

Cristine McMurdo-Wallis

Cristine McMurdo-Wallis has performed in theatres Off-Broadway and country-wide. Highlights include: Nickel and Dimed; Angels in America, Millenium; Perestroika; and Cymbeline, Collected Stories. Other...

3rd Annual Poetry Contest Top 10 Finalists and Winner

Congrats to all our finalists and our grand prize winner! We’d like thank all the poets who submitted work for consideration and we hope...

Cornell Landry

Cornell P. Landry, author of the wildly popular children’s book Goodnight NOLA, and Happy Jazz Fest! His books are lovable tributes to all things unique to New...

Captain Doc Hawley

Captain Clarke Hawley, a river veteran of sixty years, began his career as calliope player and popcorn-popper on board the steamer Avalon and went...

Pia Z. Ehrhardt

Pia Z. Ehrhardt is the author of Famous Fathers and Other Stories. Her stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Oxford American, and Narrative Magazine....

Arséne DeLay

Arséne DeLay hails from one of the most musical families of New Orleans’ 7th Ward, whose roots run 13 generations deep. Much of her childhood was spent...

Debbie Davis

Born the daughter of two opera singers, Debbie Davis was destined to be a singer. Moving to New Orleans in 1997, Debbie began making...

JoAnn Clevenger

JoAnn Clevenger grew up in rural Alexandria where her love of traditional Louisiana cuisine was instilled at an early age, and eventually led her to...

Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist and New York Times best-selling author.  She has a growing number of Anna Pigeon mysteries to her credit...

Allison Leyton-Brown

Allison Leyton-Brown is an award-winning composer, pianist, and musical director based in NYC. Allison has written more than 30 original music and sound scores for...

Niyi Osundare

Niyi Osundare is a poet, dramatist, critic, essayist, and media columnist. He has authored 18 books of poetry, two books of selected poems, four plays, a...

William Jay Smith

William Jay Smith studied at Washington University, Columbia University, and at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Smith served as a poetry consultant to...

Mona Lisa Saloy

Mona Lisa Saloy is associate professor of English and founding director of Creative Writing at Dillard University, and director of The Daniel C. Thompson/Samuel Du Bois...

Susan Larson

Susan Larson is the vice president for literary programming for the Festival. She was the book editor for the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988 to...

Richard Campanella

Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of seven critically acclaimed books, including Bienville’s Dilemma and the 2014...

Nell Nolan

Nell Nolan is the social columnist for the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. Nell discusses the historical origins of young ladies’ debuts into society,...

Kit Wohl

Kit Wohl is a writer, photographer, graphic designer and artist. She is the CEO of Wohl & Company, a New Orleans-based advertising, public relations and...

Annette Saddik

Annette J. Saddik is professor of theatre and English at the City University of New York. Her books include Tennessee Williams: The Traveling Companion and...

Mark Routhier

Mark Routhier’s New Orleans directing credits include Orange Flower Water, Cat’s-Paw, The Santaland Diaries, The Piano Teacher, Opus, and The Seafarer, as well as Zombie Town: A Documentary Play and Love...

Paul Sanchez

Paul Sanchez is a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. He was a founding member of the rock group Cowboy Mouth, and toured with them for 15...

Phil Melancon

Philip Melancon performs at many local venues with some of the top musicians in the area. He is in tune at the piano of...

Errol Laborde

Errol Laborde is the Editor-in-Chief of Renaissance Publishing Company. Laborde’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched...

Foster Hirsch

Foster Hirsch is a Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books on film and theatre including a study of Tennessee...

Aimée Hayes

As the Artistic Director of Southern Rep, Aimée Hayes has focused on new play development with the launch of the program 6×6; The Ruby Prize, an annual...

Chris Hannah

Like many of his mixing brethren, Chris Hannah didn’t go to bartending school. He just bought a cocktail book in 1998 and got started,...

Troy Gilbert

A native and resident of New Orleans, Troy Gilbert is the author/co-author of Dinner with Tennessee Williams, New Orleans Kitchens, Cafe Degas Cookbook, as well as the soon to be...

Alison Fraser

Alison Fraser is a nationally-acclaimed performer who has appeared in concert at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The White House, The Tisch Center for the...

Gary Richards

Gary Richards is associate professor and chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington. He is the author...

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer is an actor, author, director, comedian, musician, political satirist, record-company owner, and one of the best “voices” in the business (just ask The Simpsons)....

Harvey Young

Harvey Young is a professor of theatre at Northwestern University and a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. His...

Kim Marie Vaz

Kim Marie Vaz is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of education at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has researched and...

Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, author and teacher. Her works include the book and lyrics for the Broadway musicals The Secret Garden, for which...

Moira Crone

Moira Crone has published five works of fiction. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Oxford American, and in over twenty anthologies. In 2009, she received the Robert Penn Warren...

Robert E. Zetzmann Family Foundation

The Festival is thankful for our new relationship with the Robert E. Zetzmann Family Foundation, an organization with a keen interest in supporting literary...

The Azby Fund

The Azby Fund is a nonprofit family foundation formed in 1969 by Herbert Harvey Jr. of the family that established Harvey, Louisiana and developed...

Southern Rep Theatre

Founded in 1986, Southern Rep’s mission is to develop and produce new plays that reflect the diversity of the city we call home, to provide our audience with professional...

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar

Rediscover the art of the cocktail. Originally a “gentlemen only area,” during the days of the Cazenave family, the French 75 Bar, adjacent to...

Backspace Bar

During its long, storied history, New Orleans has hosted the likes of some of the greatest writers in the world. Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams,...

Save the Date… Bold. Bracing. Bacchanal.

Warm up your winter with The New Play Bacchanal.

Presented January 10-11 by Southern Rep and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Play...

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006. Every September, it hosts performances that examine and celebrate Tennessee Williams’ work, life and evolving...

John Shelton Reed

John Shelton Reed is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was recently Chancellor of...

Madaline Herlong

Madaline Herlong is the author of Buddy, the story of a boy, a dog, and Hurricane Katrina, and The Great Wide Sea, a YALSA 2010 Top Ten...

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Leonard Pitts, Jr. won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards, and is the author of the novels Freeman and Before...

Bryan Batt

Bryan Batt is an actor, designer, civic activist, and author most recently known for his role as “Salvatore Romano” on AMC’s Mad Men, a performance for...

John Mariani

John Mariani is one of America’s foremost award-winning food writers and historians, and has been a food and travel columnist for Esquire for 30 years. ...

John S. Bak

John S. Bak is Professeur at the Université de Lorraine in France, where he teaches courses in literary journalism and American drama and theatre....

‘Tis the Season for Year-End Giving

Make a donation by Dec. 31. You can deduct it from your 2012 taxes and help us to support the cultural economy of New...

Deadline Extended! Advertise in Our Commemorative Program

We’ve extended our advertising deadlines to accommodate for all the holiday bustling!

An ad in the Festival’s 27th anniversary commemorative program will drive traffic to your business before, during,...

Carol Gelderman

Carol Gelderman is a distinguished professor of English at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Gelderman has authored eight books, including three biographies: Henry Ford, The...

Jessica Alexander

Jessica Alexander is a multiply published children’s book author and editor. This is the Earth, her latest picture book in a series, is soon...

Don Murray

Don Murray made his Broadway debut in 1951 as Jake Hunter in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo. He is best known for his work as...

John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley is a Bronx-born screenwriter, director, and playwright. He is best known for such works as “Danny and The Deep Blue Sea,” “Storefront...

Lolis Eric Elie

Lolis Eric Elie, co-producer and writer of “Faubourg Treme.”As story editor for the HBO series “Treme,” Lolis received an NAACP Image Award for his...

Hermann-Grima/Gallier Houses

The Woman’s Exchange (TWE), parent organization of the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, was founded in 1881 to help “women in need.”  The Woman’s Exchange...

Oprah Picks Ayana Mathis’ “Twelve Tribes of Hattie”

Ayana Mathis‘s debut novel, Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the latest Oprah Book Club pick. “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away,”...

Holiday Sale: There’s Still Time to Save Up to 20% on Tickets!

Searching for the perfect present for your favorite bibliophile, writer, or theater lover? Give them a VIP All-Access Pass to the 27th annual Tennessee Williams/New...

An Evening of Cocktails & Antique Jewelry to Benefit the Festival

Join us Wednesday, December 12th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m at Keil’s Antiques in the French Quarter.

Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and the first female winner of the Festival’s Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest. Her essays have appeared in...

Rajesh Parameswaran

Rajesh Parameswaran is the author of the short story collection I am an Executioner: Love Stories. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, Five Chapters, and Fiction....

Emily Clark

Emily Clark is Clement Chambers Benenson Professor in American Colonial History at Tulane University.  A native of New Orleans and a graduate of its public...

Thomas Beller

Thomas Beller is the author of two works of fiction: Seduction Theory, and The Sleep-Over Artist; and a collection of personal essays, How To Be A Man. The Sleep-Over Artist was...

Carolyn Hembree

Carolyn Hembree’s poems have appeared in Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, and Witness, among other journals and anthologies. Kore Press published her debut collection, Skinny, in 2012....

Elizabeth Steeby

Elizabeth Steeby is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Orleans where she teaches courses in U.S. Modernism, Southern literature, New Orleans...

Mystery Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America is the leading association for professional crime writers in the United States. Members of MWA include most major writers of...

Q&A with Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart, Authors of “There’s One in Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans”

Prytania Theater owner Rene Brunet has teamed up with urbanologist Jack Stewart and book publisher Arthur Hardy to produce a beautiful book...

Holiday Sale: Save Up to 20% On Tickets

Searching for the perfect present for your favorite bibliophile, writer, or theater lover? Give them a VIP All-Access, Master Class, or Panel Pass to...

Daniel Brook

Daniel Brook is the author of A History of Future Cities and The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America. His writing has appeared in publications...

Kristen-Paige Madonia

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of Fingerprints of You, a young adult literary novel published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster. She is the recipient of...

The Oxford American

The mission of The Oxford American magazine and Oxford American Literary Project is twofold: cultural and educational.

Through its’ quarterly magazine, The Oxford American, it aspires to study,...

Become a Sponsor

Benefits include publicity in program books, banners, social media, e-mail newsletters, and this very website.

VIP All-Access Pass: $395 (regularly $500)

 

The VIP All-Access Pass admits to all literary panels, master classes, theater, special events, walking tours, food events, and musical performances. This pass is...

Also available as gifts for the holiday season: Master Class Full Series Pass: $175

 

Admits to all eight of the Master Classes and also includes a Festival Panel Pass ($275 value).

Cornel Landry: Write Your Own Success Story —...

Festival Panel Pass: $60 (regularly $75)

 

Admits to the “Conversations with” series; readings; the One-Act Play contest events; “Drummer and Smoke,” the day of music at the Palm Court Jazz...

Tis the Season to Support Local Businesses!

Visit our official bookstore, Garden District Book Shop, in New Orleans’ beautiful Garden District. The Garden District Book Shop has been providing book-lovers a place to shop, read,...

Board Member Spotlight: Mary Langlois

Get to know the faces behind the Festival with our new enewsletter Q&A, featuring candid interviews with board members, sponsors, and Friends of Tennessee! If you’re interested...

Fiction Contest Deadline Extended

Our online payment system is back up and running! Due to the technical difficulties, we've extended the deadline until Monday, November 19th. Thanks for...

Susan Straight

Susan Straight has published eight novels. Her new novel Between Heaven and Here is the final book in the Rio Seco trilogy. Take One Candle Light a Room was named...

Sponsor Spotlight: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

David Johnson is executive editor of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine and KnowLA, the digital encyclopedia of Louisiana (knowla.org), two projects of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities....

Friend of Tennessee Spotlight: Margaret Dziedic

Get to know the faces behind the Festival with our new Q&As, featuring candid interviews with board members, sponsors, and Friends of Tennessee!

Christine Wiltz

Christine Wiltz is the author of six books. The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Wiltz’s first work of nonfiction, is the story...

Brad Richard

Brad Richard’s books include Habitations; Motion Studies, winner of the 2010 Washington Prize and finalist for the 2012 Thom Gunn Award in Gay Poetry;...

Julie Smith

Novelist and publisher Julie Smith is the author of more than twenty mysteries, most set in New Orleans and starring one or the other of her...

Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His latest book is Cronkite, a biography of the...

Frank Cha

Frank Cha is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and an instructor of English at the College of William and Mary. His work focuses on...

Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is the author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, a co-winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize, a National Book Foundation...

Amy Stolls

Amy Stolls is the author of the novel The Ninth Wife, and the young adult novel Palms to the Ground, which won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award....

Q&A with Carolyn Morrow Long, Author of “Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of The Haunted House”

An avid researcher of New Orleans history, Long gives a factual account of Madame Delphine Lalaurie’s infamous life as a wealthy society matron accused...

Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is the author of All This Talk of Love and has published two previous novels with Algonquin: A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the...

Advertise in Our Commemorative Program

An ad in the program will drive traffic to your business before, during, and after the Festival! Reserve your ad now; the deadline for...

7 Days Left to Enter the Fiction Contest!

Heads up, writers! The deadline of The 5th Annual Fiction Contest is November 15, 2012. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to win accolades and $1,500.

Deadline: November...

Q&A with Moira Crone, Author of “The Not Yet”

We quizzed Moira Crone, a featured speaker at Coffee & Conversation 2012, on her latest book, its chaotic New Orleans Islands setting, and its...

Emily Mann

Emily Mann is an artistic director and resident playwright at McCarter Theatre Center. Her directing credits include:  A Streetcar Named Desire; Cat on a Hot Tin...

Time for Coffee and Conversation!

Our free series kicks off this October at the Jefferson Parish Library. Join us for local author interviews, book signings, Q&A sessions, and complimentary...

Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales is a graduate of the Columbia University graduate creative writing program. He has published fiction and non-fiction in Open City Magazine, Fence Magazine, One Story,...

Sarah M. Broom

Sarah M. Broom is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American and O, The Oprah Magazine among others. A native...

Become a Friend of Tennessee

We’re busy planning an illuminating cultural feast for the 27th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (March 20–24, 2013). The speakers joining us include...

Festival Preview

We’re finalizing our 2013 schedule here at the Festival HQ. Amongst the highlights and headliners, we’re thrilled to include:

THEATER HIGHLIGHTS

New Orleans’ Four Humours Theater presents...

Literary Programming

Michael Cunningham (pictured) is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award...

Theater

New Orleans’ Four Humours Theater presents The Gnädiges Fräulein (pictured, Mary Pauley as the title character), a demented plea on the trials of the artist. This play is packed with Tennessee...

Plus!

Discover writers to add to your reading list: Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), Sarah Broom (A Yellow House in New Orleans), Danielle Evans (Before You Suffocate Your Own...

J.R. Ramakrishnan, Associate Director of Programs and Development

J.R. Ramakrishnan works on development and the curation of the Festival’s programs. Her journalism has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar and Style.com,...

Susan Larson, Vice-President for Literary Programming

Susan Larson is the vice president for literary programming for the Festival. She was the book editor for the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988...

Robert Bray, Scholars Conference Chair

Robert Bray is the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. He is also the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review....

Robert Bray, Scholars Conference Chair

Robert Bray is the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. He is also the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review,...

Ellen Johnson, Festival Publicist

Ellen Johnson, Festival publicist for 19 years, formed One on One Productions, her public relations and marketing firm, in 1993, after serving as marketing...

Robert Bray

Robert Bray is the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. He is also the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review....

Ayesha Pande

Ayesha Pande represents an eclectic group of authors, including Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Danielle Evans, Patricia Engel, Vivien Shotwell, as well as Justin Kramon and Sheba...

Vivek Bald

Vivek Bald is a filmmaker, writer and scholar whose work focuses on the histories and experiences of South Asian immigrants in the United States...

2 Days Left to Buy Our Summer Ticket Special: $395 for VIP All-Access Passes

For $395, you’ll get the star treatment! We’re offering a Summer Ticket Special for our VIP All-Access Pass* — a $500 value for more than 20%...

3 Days Left to Enter the Poetry Contest!

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to share your work and win $1,000 and accolades galore!

Join Us Sept. 5 at the Fourth Annual Culture Collision

Join us for the city-wide celebration to kick-off the cultural season in New Orleans. We're raffling off some goodies, including Stella tanks, posters, and...

John Jeremiah Sullivan

John Jeremiah Sullivan is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the Southern editor of The Paris Review. He writes for GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and Oxford American, and...

Carolyn Morrow Long

Carolyn Morrow Long began visiting New Orleans in 1978, when she became fascinated by the city’s history and culture. She is the author of Spiritual Merchants:...

Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to September 1!

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to share your work and win $1,000 and accolades galore!

An Evening with David Sedaris: Exclusive Presale Offer for Festival Fans Only!

Wednesday, October 24 at the McAlister Auditorium

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With sardonic wit and incisive social...

Suzette Lake, Social Media Manager

Suzette Lake develops the Festival’s social media strategy and coordinates promotional efforts via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. A former development intern, Suzette has...

Geoff Wyss

Geoff Wyss’s collection of short stories, How, won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2012. His first novel, Tiny Clubs,...

Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. Her first novel, The Twelve Tribes...

2 Weeks Left to Enter the Poetry Contest!

The deadline for our 3rd annual Poetry Contest, judged by Ava Leavell Hayman, is almost upon us. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to...

Leila Salisbury

Leila W. Salisbury has been the director of the University Press of Mississippi (UPM) since 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was marketing director...

Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich is the author of two novels, Odds Against Tomorrow, which will be published in April, and The Mayor’s Tongue. He is a regular contributor to The...

We’ve Got Short Fiction and One-Act Play Contests, Too!

Poetry not your strong suit? Finding fresh literary talent of all genres is at the heart of the Festival’s mission. Our One-Act Play and Short Fiction...

Time’s Running Out! Register for the Tennessee Williams Writers’ Workshop

This November, come share your work in a nurturing workshop setting under the guidance of established writers and editors. Submit your manuscript and receive...

Kristen-Paige Madonia, 2nd Annual Fiction Contest Winner, Publishes Debut Novel

Kristen-Paige Madonia, our 2nd Annual Fiction Contest winner, will publish her debut novel Fingerprints of You on August 7 with Simon & Schuster. Fingerprints...

Highlights from the 2012 Festival

Miss the Fest? Not to worry! Our talented friends at NOLAFugees filmed everything from literary panels and theater to burlesque and gin fizzes.

Get Inspired at the Tennessee Williams Writers’ Workshop

Led by industry professionals, our one-day workshop will take your work to the next level. Register by Oct. 1 to reserve your seat!

Catherine Frank: YA and Children’s Lit

Catherine Frank is a freelance children’s book editor living in New Orleans. Through her business Catherine Frank Editorial Services, LLC she actively works with...

Zachary Lazar: Literary Fiction

Zachary Lazar‘s novel Sway, about the rise and fall of the Sixties counter-culture, was named a Best Book of 2008 by The Los Angeles...

Bev Marshall: Contemporary Fiction

Bev Marshall holds degrees from the University of Mississippi and Southeastern Louisiana University. Her first novel, Walking Through Shadows, published in 2002, was a Booksense...

Chris Wiltz: Fiction (All Genres) and Creative Non-Fiction

Chris Wiltz is the author of six books: The Killing Circle, A Diamond Before You Die, and The Emerald Lizard, which are the triology comprising...

Our Sponsor: The Hotel Monteleone

We’re so excited to partner with our sponsor for the event, the Hotel Monteleone. One of three literary landmark hotels in the country and...

Summer Ticket Special: $395 for VIP All-Access Passes

Save more than 20% on your golden ticket to the 2013 Festival! Offer ends August 31, 2012.

Book Your Accommodations

Remember, rooms at the Hotel Monteleone sell out quickly. Only 75 rooms are reserved in a block for Festival attendees. The discounted room rate...

Ideas for TWFest 2013?

We want to hear ‘em!

Drop us a line on Facebook and Twitter. Want to be considered as a speaker? Visit our FAQ to learn how...

Q&A with Marvin Andrade, Sales Manager at the Hotel Monteleone

Get the inside scoop on our host hotel, from tipples and fine dining to Faulkner and paranormal beings.

Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan has been the book critic for the Peabody Award-winning NPR program, Fresh Air, for 23 years. She is also Critic-in-Residence and Lecturer at Georgetown...

Zachary Lazar

Zachary Lazar is the author of the novel Sway, which was named a Best Book of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times, and praised in such publications...

Silas House

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of five novels: Clay’s Quilt,  A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, Eli the Good, and Same Sun Here (with Neela Vaswani);...

Dwight Garner

Dwight Garner is a senior writer and book critic for The New York Times. His essays and journalism have appeared in The New York...

Ruth Salvaggio

Ruth Salvaggio is professor of English and American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The author of several books on poetry and...

Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award...

Win Fame and $1,500 in Our Writing Contests

Enter for a fantastic opportunity to share your work with acclaimed judges Ava Leavell Haymon and Michael Cunningham and win accolades galore.

Q&A with Jessica Alexander, Winner of the 26th Annual One-Act Play Contest

Jessica Alexander is a children’s book author and editor whose award-winning picture books have been translated into multiple languages. She is active in local theater...

Opening Night Book Launch Party

Date: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Location: The Royal CD Room/Hotel Monteleone/214 Royal Street Price: $35. Buy your tickets. (Ticket code: BookLaunchFri)

The Saints and Sinners 9.5...

SAS Saturday Salon Readings

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Location: Gallery Orange/819 Royal Street Price: $10. Buy your tickets. (Ticket code: SatNiteReading)

Join us for evening literary offerings amid the...

Win $1,000 in Our Poetry Contest!

Enter for a fantastic opportunity to share your work and win accolades galore. The winner will be chosen by poet Ava Leavell Haymon.

Susan Larson’s Blog: Q&A with Chris Hannan, 2012 Poetry Contest Winner

Chris shares the inspiration behind his winning work, '"The Nephilim," and more.

Thank you, National Endowment for the Arts!

We’re looking forward to our 27th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 20-24, 2013. We’re pleased to announce that major funding for the 2013...

Pamela Binnings Ewen’s “Moon in the Mango Tree” Wins National Award

"The Moon in the Mango Tree", penned by Festival board member and panelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, won the Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by...

Me and Tennessee

Email your pix to us and we'll share on our Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Take Our Survey

We hope you found the 2013 Festival enriching and entertaining. Take our survey for a chance to win a free Stella-a-a! tank top.

Festival Wrap-Up

Thank you all so much for joining us to celebrate the 26th annual Festival! Friends came from near and far, from French Quarter regulars...

Festival Figures

Back at the office, we’re tallying up everything that went into making it a truly memorable weekend. Here are a few of our Festival...

Top 3 Attended Literary Panel Discussions

New Orleans Free People of Color Living Out Loud: A Conversation with Piper Laurie (Pictured: Piper Laurie signing copies of her new memoir, Learning to Live Out Loud. Photo...

Take the 2012 Festival Survey

We hope you found our programming enriching and entertaining. Your opinion is very important to us, so please take a moment to fill out...

2012 Festival in the News

Press clips of the 2012 Festival events.

Our Lucky, Lucky Raffle Winners!

Check out the results of the draw.

Our Box Office Moves Onsite!

Our online Box Office is now closed as we move onsite to set up for the Festival.

Last Minute Festival Info

Our box office will close on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:00 PM CST. It will open again onsite at the Hotel Monteleone on Thursday,...

Susan Larson’s Blog: The Kindness of Writers, Part Deux

Alex Cook takes readers on a whirlwind tour of good times in south Louisiana.

Mint Juleps, Book Fair, Stella, and More!

The 26th annual Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival is only days away! We’re busy putting the finishing touches to what we’re hoping...

Our New Orleans To Do List

Support our wonderful Festival sponsors with your patronage.

Last Call! 50% Off Theater Tickets – Three Days Only

Buy your tickets now! Hurry, offer ends Tuesday, March 20 at 12:00PM CST. Limited number of tickets available.

Q&A with Elena Passarello, the 2011 Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest Winner

We caught up with Elena to learn the secret of a winning shout.

Susan Larson’s Blog: Piper Laurie’s Got Tales to Tell

And in Learning to Live Out Loud, her own is the most interesting of all. Every fan of movies and plays and television has a...

Call for Slam Poets

Throw down your best verse in the fierce lyrical battle that is our annual Literary Late Night: Poetry Slam on Thursday, March 22 at...

Auction: Dine at Tennessee’s Table at Galatoire’s

Here's your chance to live like Tennessee! During the Fest, eat at our namesake's usual table on the first floor of the famed restaurant....

Listen to WTUL 91.5 FM and Win Panel Passes!

Set your radio on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13.

Susan Larson’s Blog: “Broomstick” Will Sweep You Away

John Biguenet’s new play makes its local debut in a staged reading at the festival.

Susan Larson’s Blog: For the Aspiring Writers

We know that readers love the Tennessee Williams Festival. But writers love it too! They enter our contests in fiction and poetry, they gain...