#TWF15 Update:National Book Awards, What We’re Reading & More!

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Home Page, News, Year-Round Programming

Our 2015 program is almost in place!

Hotel Monteleone Booking Link

Posted on October 1, 2014 in Enews, News

Here is the appropriate Booking Link for your convenience.

We were so focused on encouraging you to reserve your room  for our 2015 Festival (March 25-29) that we forgot to include the direct Hotel Monteleone booking link. To be directed to the special Hotel Monteleone TW/NOLF Festival-goers reduced rate reservations page, please click here.

And remember, there are a limited number of rooms available at the discounted rate, so act now to secure your space.


Secure Your Accommodations NOW!

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To our wonderful Cast of Festival Supporters, We are sending a friendly reminder to those planning to attend the Festival in 2015, to finalize your hotel accommodations now before time runs out! During the month of March, New Orleans is inundated with tourists from all over the world and finding lodging can become extremely difficult. Our wonderfully gracious host hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, has a limited number of rooms available for our attendees that can be reserved until mid-February. If there are any rooms available after this date, the rate will be higher, so act now! Information for the Hotel Monteleone, and alternate accommodations, including rates, can be found through the links provided on our website. Just look under the “Festival” tab and then select “Accommodations.” If you have further questions, please feel free to call our office or email us at . We look …

Featuring Biguenet’s BROOMSTICK!

Posted on September 30, 2014 in Enews, News, Uncategorized

Here at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans literary Festival, we pride ourselves on being BIG fans of GREAT theatre and we love to promote the work of our past and present authors! That said, we urge you to get out and see Southern Rep Theatre’s production of BROOMSTICK, penned by previous TW/NOLF Speaker, John Biguenet!


In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale about her life, her love affairs, and her cursed reputation.  Mischievously funny, dark, and just in time for Halloween, BROOMSTICK is the story of one woman who hovers in the shadowy space between good and evil, fantasy and reality, and who, some say, may be a little too hungry for justice.

Don’t miss the National New Play Network Rolling World Premier of BROOMSTICK which runs October 4-November 2 at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center! To reserve …

Interview with Vijay Seshadri

Posted on September 24, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Home Page, News, Uncategorized

Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, 2015 Festival speaker and Poetry Contest judge.

Casting Call for TW/NOLF Members!

Posted on September 16, 2014 in Enews, News

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is hoping to cast YOU as a much appreciated Festival MEMBER!

The Festival, which is scheduled for March 25-29, 2015 will be celebrating 29 years as a rich and diverse cultural organization dedicated to serving our community through educational, theatrical, literary and musical programs! Become a member and take pride in the fact that you are helping to make possible what USA Today hailed as one of the top ten literary festivals in the nation!

Benefits of membership include free tickets, VIP parties, and special members-only discounts! Also, if you act now and join before October 15, you will receive an invitation to our Fall Membership Party at the home of our gracious board member, Susie Hoskins. Please note, that the Fall Membership Party has been moved to November 11, 2014, so mark your calendars and please plan to …

TW/NOLF Contests Reminder!

Posted on September 9, 2014 in Enews, News, Uncategorized

Ladies and Gentlemen, belly-up to your typewriters and don’t get up until you have completed your submissions for one of our fabulous annual writing contests!

Find deadline, entry process and prize information for our Poetry, Fiction and One-Act Play Contests by clicking here! Also, we know you wouldn’t procrastinate or anything but in case you THOUGHT you missed the boat on our poetry contest, we are pleased to reassure you that the deadline has been extended to September 15th!

Want some even more exciting news?! Your contest options have just gotten bigger! As part of our 29th Annual Festival, we are proud to announce that the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival will be joining the TW/NOLF as an exciting addition to the FAMILY! Saints and Sinners hosts its very own Fiction Contest of original, unpublished short stories with LGBT content. Find out more …

VIP Ticket Special!

Posted on August 6, 2014 in Enews, News

Fest for Less: Your VIP all-access pass for only $400 (regular $500)!

2015 Mini Preview

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Home Page, News, Uncategorized

Here’s who to expect in New Orleans next March.

2015 Poetry Contest Announcements!

Posted on June 12, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews, News, Year-Round Programming

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

Though this line, Blanche’s final utterance in A Streetcar Named Desire, is iconic, it found an earlier voice in the following plea from a young Tennessee Williams to the editor of Poetry magazine:

“Will you do a total stranger the kindness of reading his verse?”

In honor of Williams and his desire to have his voice heard and celebrated, we are here to do YOU the kindness of soliciting YOUR verse! We are pleased to announce that The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Poetry Contest is now open for submissions! Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for his 3 Sections collection, will judge.

Full details about the contest (including online submission process) are available on our website:

The winner will receive prize money, publication, and access to countless great panels and events at the next …

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

Posted on May 6, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews

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 brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond!

Tickets to all events listed below can be found here.

Be sure to use the discount code SAS2014 to recieve 20% off of your on-line ticket purchases!


Book launch/Fundraiser   7 P.M.
Beauregard-Keyes House: 1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

This event is a fundraiser for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the NO/AIDS Task Force. This book launch will feature readings from the Saints and Sinners Anthology from the finalists of our short fiction contest.

FRIDAY MAY 16, 2014

Master Classes
Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Times listed with individual writers below

Jeff Mann 10am

Wilson and Sternglantz 10am

Felice Picano 11:30am

Edmund White 1:30pm

Carol Anshaw 1:30pm

Michele Karlsberg 3pm

Accomplished writers will teach classes on a number …

Give NOLA Day In One Week!

Posted on April 15, 2014 in Enews, News

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 inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a stronger and thriving community for all.

It’s our day to come together as one! Every dollar donated from midnight to midnight on May 6th will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and our generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors.

Built on successful models from other cities, GiveNOLA raises money for the community, brings new donors to local nonprofits, and helps make our region a more vital place to live. This year GiveNOLA Day is tied to a national event called Give Local America where hundreds of community foundations across America are asking their communities to give back on May 6, 2014.

All …

Tell Us How We Did In 2014

Posted on March 16, 2014 in Enews, News

We would love to hear your thoughts about your experience at the 2014 Festival. We hope you had a great time and would appreciate if you could click the link below to help us evaluate the event and make it even greater in 2015!

Please visit this link to be directed to our survey.

Thank you again for your support.

Save The Date for 2015

Posted on March 15, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews, Home Page, News

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

Opening Night Gala For “The Hotel Plays”

Posted on March 11, 2014 in 2014 Theatre, Enews, News, Past Theater, Theater

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 reception generously sponsored by Broussard’s Restaurant and the Hermann-Grima House.

Special opening gala event! Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 PM at the historic Hermann Grima House,  The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival brings three short plays by Tennessee Williams in which audience members will travel from room to room.

The Hotel Plays by Williams will include:

GREEN EYES: The kinkiest play Tennessee Williams ever wrote, this erotic thriller had its premiere in 2008 in Provincetown. Jaimi Paige and Matt Rein reprise their dazzling performances.

THE TRAVELING COMPANION: Jeremy Lawrence and Matt Story perform this intimate drama. It’s an intense debate between a younger man (Beau, an inexperienced hustler full of sexual potency) and an older man (Vieux, a neurotic, insecure writer).

MR. PARADISE: Featuring the fabulous artistry of New Orleans actors …

Results of the 2014 One-Act Play Contest

Posted on March 10, 2014 in Contests, Enews, Home Page, News, One Act Play, Updates

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, and Creative Arts debated at length over the stack of awesome submissions.

Here are our eight finalists, all of whom will receive a Panel Pass to this year’s Festival:

“Scream” by Jean Blasiar, Pasadena, CA
“Wreckage” by Troy Worden, Bahama, NC
“The Art Collectors” by Mark Rosen, Olympia, WA
“Daughter in the Dark Room” by Jesse Stong, Montreal, Quebec
“Lovie’s Spring” by Kelly Bancroft, Youngstown, OH
“Simple Melody” by Jill Bess, Anchorage, AK
“King Henry, Mayor,” by Kevin McLellan, Memphis, TN
“Lonesome Road” by James Neal, Tempe, AZ

We are thrilled to announce Matt Baganz the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 One-Act Play Contest, for his submission “The Art of Conversation.” After receiving a BA in creative writing in his home state of Wisconsin, Matt Baganz relocated …

The Best of the Fest

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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 (March 19-23, 2014). The full program is online here.

“I don’t want realism, I want magic.” -Tennessee Williams.

George Plimpton was just that: magical. Silver-haired, elegant George Plimpton spoke eloquently and intimately about his life and his career, delighting his audience with his bonhomie. From wrestling Sirhan Sirhan, Bobby Kennedy’s assassin, to editing The Paris Review to his unsuccessful foray into sports, he revealed his fascinating, colorful life.

Who could forget the first time actor/playwright Jeremy Lawrence took the stage and performed his critically acclaimed “Talking Tennessee”? Each year that I’ve seen him in his dapper suit with floral shirt hurrying to take the stage has been sheer joy.

Then there was the incredible thrill of listening to Yusef Komunyakaa  recite …

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 boundless. Maybe it’s because they take place in the elegant Historic New Orleans Collection. The first time I walked through the entryway and into the courtyard, I knew only very special things happened here.  The room where the classes are held is one of the most beautiful rooms in all of the French Quarter. Here is where I’ve listened to more Pulitzer Prize winners than I ever dreamed. Here is where I met my first editor,  along with agents who guided me to publication. Here is where I learned from some of my favorite authors like Michael Cunningham, Mary Gordon, Robert Olen Butler, Jill McCorkle, Dave Eggers, playwright John Patrick Shanley, and those are just a …

Historic Surroundings of #TWF14

Posted on March 9, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews

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

If along with your love for literature and writing, you are also intrigued by history and architecture, the Festival has something special for you.

We are fortunate to count among our festival venues two historic New Orleans homes.  The Hermann-Grima House will host “The Hotel Plays,” in which the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival will showcase three short plays by Williams, including “Green Eyes,” “Mr. Paradise,” and “The Traveling Companion.”

Built in 1831 by German Jewish immigrant, Samuel Hermann, who amassed his fortune in the cotton market, the Hermann-Grima House is an historically important residence. The Hermann family flourished during New Orleans’ Golden Age of prosperity and lavish lifestyles, but lost their property during a financial crisis.  Judge Felix Grima …

Eat Dat And Foodie Spreads At #TWF14

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews

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, poboys, crawfish, muffalettas, andouille and boudin; so many flavors, so many dishes, so many hard-to-pronounce ingredients! The city has hundreds of restaurants.  One local food critic, Tom Fitzmorris, keeps a running count on his website of current restaurants.  It’s nearly 1,400.  But that’s today. New restaurants, pop ups, and food trucks appear weekly.

One way to ensure a great sampling of New Orleans cuisine is to eat three meals each day during your stay at three different spots. Breakfast (or brunch on the weekends) is a city pastime.  We have found more ways to serve eggs than you can imagine. And there’s something called Bananas Foster French Toast that is too decadent to speak about. Lunch can …

Drinking Up #TWF14

Posted on March 5, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews

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 cocktail after a long day of deep literary thoughts. Or during your lunch break. Or maybe, even upon first waking up!

So if you find yourself in need of a libation, whatever the time of day, step out of any of the Festival venues and walk twenty steps in any direction. You are likely to walk right into one of the French Quarter’s over 150 bars.

It can be daunting navigating the brew pubs, dive bars, Irish pubs, swanky hotel bars, craft cocktail bars, wine bars, piano bars, and whatever other kind of drinking establishment you can think of.  New Orleans has different ideas about drinking than most cities, including bars that never legally have to close, and …

Volunteering During the Festival

Posted on March 2, 2014 in Enews, News, Updates

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

Volunteer shifts are approximately 5 hours and a great way to meet people and earn a free panel pass ($75+ value)! Check in 10 minutes before your shift begins (depending on shift) at the Festival Office, Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Parlor  or Le Petit Theatre.

Dress code: dressy casual (no jeans, no sneakers). Assignments vary and include collecting/checking tickets, giving info, helping with concessions. A one-hour orientation/training (encouraged, but not mandatory) will be held two times before the Fest, on Mar. 9th (Sunday) and 12th (Wednesday), both meeting at 4 pm at the Monteleone lobby. Please note your “sign up ticket time” as your shift is your responsibility.

With its many Master Classes, literary panels, special theater presentations, and exciting venues …

Vivien Opening Reception

Posted on February 27, 2014 in Enews, News, Past Theater

“Vivien” by Rick Foster will premier at the Festival Thursday March 20 at Le Petit Theatre and we invite you to take part in our opening reception! Tickets are $35 (for reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 7 PM)

The show show stars Judith Chapman who returns to the Festival to kick-off our theater program in grand style. Her portrayal of two time  Oscar-winning film star Vivien Leigh (Streetcar Named Desire and Gone With the Wind) is, according to Backstage magazine, “a bravura performance.” This one-woman show is a journey into the triumph and madness of Vivien Leigh. “It’s hard to imagine anybody inhabiting the role more convincingly”—The Los Angeles Times.

Produced by Racquel Lehrman & Victoria Watson, Theatre Planners. Directed by Thomas Rolapp.

Only two performances of this play. Thursday March 20 and Saturday March 22. Tickets may be purchased here. 

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

Posted on February 25, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews

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 Demands Melody.”

There’s a reason why the best writing is easy on the ears. Language began as an aural tradition. In Western literature, the relationship between storytelling and melody dates back to the lyric poems of antiquity. That may be why Bob Dylan — who has won nearly every music award on the planet — appears to have a chance to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. But when do popular songs rate as literature? Storytellers David Simon, Tom Piazza and Luke Winslow-King consider the literary power of songwriting with journalist and host of WWNO’s “Music Inside Out,” Gwen Thompkins.

This event will be held at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe  at 1204 Decatur Street and is part of the Day of Music at …

The Jazz Revival Revisited (Drummer and Smoke Series)

Posted on February 20, 2014 in Arts & Letters, Enews, News

As part of our Drummer and Smoke series, we are proud to present “The Jazz Revival Revisited” featuring Tom Sancton and Dr. Michael White. This event is part of our Sunday Panel Series and will happen at 2:30 P.M. March 23 at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.  Get your tickets here by purchasing a panel pass for that day.

These two leading exponents of the traditional New Orleans clarinet style will celebrate the music of George Lewis. After his first recordings with trumpeter Bunk Johnson in the 1940’s, Lewis spearheaded the so-called jazz revival of the 1950’s and 60’s. With his lyrical tone and pulsing drive, he won fans around the world, touring widely in the U.S., Europe and Japan, making more than a hundred recordings, and inspiring generations of younger musicians to take up the banner of traditional jazz. Among them: …

Friends of Tennessee Spotlight: Helen Ingram

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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 keep coming back, year after year, to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival?  That’s easy—because I’m in love with it! The arts enhance us all, and where else can I go to find them all in one place? And such a place it is. The architecture, people, sights, and sounds of the French Quarter provide a romantic backdrop unlike any other.

I share this love affair with hundreds of others—locals and out-of-towners—who make the annual pilgrimage to The Festival. We immerse ourselves in all the art and literature it has to offer, and come away from it having learned a lot and laughed a lot. That’s what makes this festival different from others.  It’s literary but certainly …

Theatre Theatre Theatre!

Posted on February 11, 2014 in 2014 Theatre, Enews, News, Past Theater, Theater

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, we will feature more theatre than ever!

* At Le Petit Theatre, we present in conjunction with The NOLA Project, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” You have seven chances to catch this Tennessee Williams classic. This is the first time in over a decade that the Festival will be presenting this work and we encourage you to to see this sultry, raw and uninhibited production.

* Also at Le Petit Theatre, don’t miss  “Vivien,” the one woman show about legendary star, Vivien Leigh, starring actress Judith Chapman. Only two shows!  Get tickets here for a journey into the triumph and madness of the star of A Streetcar Named Desire.

* Jeremy Lawrence performs “En Avant! Tennessee Williams in His Own Words.”  Only one chance to catch …

The Life and Times of Tennessee Williams in New Orleans

Posted on February 5, 2014 in Enews, News, Program

Tom Williams became “Tennessee” in 1939 when he moved to New Orleans at the age of 28, in hopes of finding work with the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writers’ Project.  Liberated from his dull life in Missouri, he came to consider New Orleans his “spiritual home” – describing it as “the last frontier of Bohemia” — and penned many of his finest works in various French Quarter rooms and apartments.

Early in his career, he lived in an upstairs apartment at 722 Toulouse St., now part of The Historic New Orleans Collection. It was there that he wrote his short story “The Angel in the Alcove” and where he found material for other French Quarter inspired plays, such as Vieux Carre, performed for the first time in 1977.

The peripatetic playwright returned to New Orleans in 1945 and stayed …

Don’t Miss Out on Our Exciting Theatrical Offerings!

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Enews, News

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

* At Le Petit Theatre, we present in conjunction with The NOLA Project, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof“. You have seven chances to catch this Tennessee Williams classic.

* Also at Le Petit Theatre, don’t miss  “Vivien,” the one woman show about legendary star, Vivien Leigh, starring accomplished actress Judith Chapman. Only two shows!

* Jeremy Lawrence performs “En Avant! Tennessee Williams in His Own Words”  Only one chance to catch this Festival favorite.

*  “The Place That I Was Made For” recalls Tennessee Williams’ love affair for New Orleans and is hosted by Thomas Keith. Only one showing at Le Petit Theatre!

* “The Hotel Plays” offer five opportunities for audiences to attend a lesser seen Tennessee Williams work happening at …

2014 Poetry Contest – Finalists and Grand Prize Winner

Posted on January 17, 2014 in Home Page, News, Poetry Contest, Year-Round Programming

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 from some very talented poets. #TWF14 Poetry Contest Judge and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky remarked that he received “a strong field, that required a lot of attention and re-reading.”  Mr. Pinsky selected ten finalists, and from these ten, two emerged as First Runner-Up and the Grand Prize Winner.

Here are our eight finalists:

Amber Adams, Denver, CO

George David Clark, Valparaiso, IN

Wayne Johns, Greensboro, NC

Andrea O’Rourke, Atlanta, GA

JoLee Passerini, Merritt Island, FL

Austen Rosenfeld, Brooklyn, NY

Anna Scotti, Burbank, CA

Jessica Smith, Oakland, CA


Our First Runner-Up is Daniel Leonard, Downingtown, PA, with his submission, “Four Poems.”

We are thrilled to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Poetry Contest, Adie Smith!  Adie Smith, originally from Southern New Mexico, currently lives in Jackson, Mississippi and is completing …

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

Posted on January 6, 2014 in Enews, Events, News

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 Literary Festival.

‘Tis the Season for Year-End Giving

Posted on December 16, 2013 in Enews, News

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, you can deduct it from your 2013 taxes and help us to support the cultural economy of New Orleans!

Searching for a last-minute gift for the holiday season? Make a charitable donation in that special someone’s name to earn them membership perks like free Festival passes, opportunities to mingle with the literati at VIP events, Festival merchandise, and public recognition.

To gift a membership, follow these 4 easy steps:

1. Click the “Donate Now” button below
2. Choose the appropriate membership level
3. Fill out your name first
4. Click “This is a gift” and enter the recipient’s name and we’ll credit the membership donation to their name.

If you prefer to purchase a membership by phone, call our office at (504) 581-1144.

Below are just some of the ways your …

End Of Year Ideas: Gifts And Donations!

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We are thankful for Friends and supporters like you. As the year wraps up we want to thank all of you that have given of time, talent and tickets as well as our members and sponsors. For our 28th anniversary (March 19-23) we are thrilled to offer a stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent that will gather for the 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

In 2013 we were able to continue with our Coffee and Conversation series, and our writeNOW program, as well as to offer one of the premiere literary events in the nation to you. This season we would be thankful if you shared your enjoyment for the Festival with others.

Take advantage of our holiday gift special with a discounted panel pass or all access pass for a gift that you can share and enjoy. Buy …

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

Posted on November 21, 2013 in Enews, News, Uncategorized

Join us tomorrow as we bring literature and writing to life with an evening that celebrates local bookstores, authors and readers alike! With  beer generously provided by Southern Eagle Distributors and coffee (whiskey encouraged) by Bon Temps , the writers and bookstores that this city celebrates will come together for a night to remember.

“It’s a scavenger hunt through the French Quarter for book lovers and trivia geeks, and it’s laden with alcohol along the way. Local authors will be on hand to ask questions (and also to serve as clues), and teams will race around bookstores and literary landmarks to answer questions, pick up clues and complete challenges.”

Exerpted from the Gambit:

Books and Booze French Quarter Literary Scavenger Hunt

Event Details:  Friday, November 22nd, 2013, at the Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres St.)

Last chance – GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Tickets will be available until Friday afternoon. 

Support the …

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

Posted on November 5, 2013 in News, Press, Updates

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 the legendary Tennessee Williams, his works, and literary life in the adopted city he called his “spiritual home” and features two days of master classes; a roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars’ conference; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; a breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; and special evening events and parties.

“I am delighted that we are able to bring so many of Tennessee Williams’ masterpieces to our audiences this year,” said Executive Director Paul Willis.  “In addition, we are thrilled to add such a broad spectrum of established and rising literary stars to the mix.”

The programming schedule is still taking shape but some of the …

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

Posted on November 1, 2013 in Enews, News, Uncategorized, Updates

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

Posted on October 31, 2013 in Enews, News

This year, we will have not one, but two acclaimed authors, Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau, serve as judges for our sixth annual Fiction Contest. We were thrilled when the couple said yes to our request—especially since this might well be the first time in the history of writing contests that a husband-and-wife duo are playing joint literary arbiters.

Between them, Emily and Victor have a Pushcart Prize, awards from Whiting Writers’ and the Chicago Tribune, fellowships from the Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts, and the Key to Southeast Queens. Victor’s most recent novel, The Devil in Silver, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012. Emily’s latest book, a memoir entitled Searching for Zion, was named by the Huffington Post as a “Best Book of 2013.”

We talked to Victor and Emily about their early writing careers, parenthood, …

We Wholeheartedly Thank Whole Foods Market

Posted on August 25, 2013 in Enews, News

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% Day at Veterans Whole Foods Market on August 7th. We couldn’t have done it without you and Whole Foods Market. We thank all who were involved!

Foodies lookout: this year’s lineup will have many more opportunities to support the Festival with an excellent spread of delightful food events. Hope you’re hungry for some more!

(Pictured: Festival Board Member Tracy Ferrington, owner of Social Butterfly; Amy Wong, Festival Associate Director; and Tennessee Williams, courtesy of The Times-Picayune)

Join Us for Coffee and Conversation!

Posted on August 9, 2013 in Coffee & Conversation, Enews, News

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 releases, Q&A sessions, and complimentary coffee.

All events are free and open to the public. They are held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and take place in the meeting rooms of the East Bank Regional Library at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie.

7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Michael Sartisky: A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana
A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana is a commemorative hardcover edition limited to 3,000 copies. This large-format volume encompasses 450 color pages featuring approximately 275 artists and photographers. For art collectors and enthusiasts, for followers of Louisiana history, and for keepers of Louisiana pride, this book is testimony to the state’s artistic culture.
Moderator: …

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

Posted on July 18, 2013 in Enews, News

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 and Juliet under the direction of Amy Holtcamp as part of its 20th anniversary season.

Holtcamp brings to the stage a play beloved all over the world for the tragic romance of its star-crossed lovers. But it is the story, too, of an enduring feud between the Capulet and Montague families – a conflict grown so deadly that it throws an entire city into turmoil. The danger on the streets is palpable: armed enemies from both sides lurk around corners, while the Prince threatens death to anyone who is caught up in the clash. When Romeo and his Juliet rise above the old grudges, their love may heal the deep divisions in Verona…or bring the whole city crashing …

Lit Couple to Judge 6th Annual Fiction Contest

Posted on June 24, 2013 in Home Page, News, Updates

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

Festival Figures

Posted on April 22, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

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 figures:

9,500+ audience seats filled at 29 panels, 17 theater performances, 7 special events, 8 master classes, 6 walking tours, the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, and writeNOW, our educational outreach program
150+ authors, thespians, musicians, chefs, and performers (including bounce dancers, burlesque performers, and a ukulele player)
150 invaluable volunteers who helped take tickets, sell concessions, register guests, and man the info desk and box office
44 generous sponsors and 185 Friends of Tennessee who keep the literary arts vibrant and accessible
25 raucous Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest contenders (Pictured above: Dewey Caddell, whose melancholy moans earned him the first place. Photo by Earl Perry.)
2,500 cups of Hendrick’s Gin cocktails consumed (Pictured right: (That delectable Night at the Iguana punch! Photo by Ride …

Perfect Attendance

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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 Cunningham

Most Popular Master Classes

Scenes from a Screenwriter’s Notebook: John Patrick Shanley: Big Screen Stories
Resurrect the Past: Susan Straight: Mining History for Your Book
A Sense of Time and Place in Literary Fiction: Zachary Lazar: Mapping and Timing Narrative Space (Pictured right. Photo by Ride Hamilton.)

Overheard at the Festival

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“#TWF13 Festival author (and 2013 fiction writing contest judge) Michael Cunningham talks marriage and divorce in his impromptu #SixWordStory”
“Heinz Heisl and Magdalena Kauz come all the way from Austria to pose with Tennessee!” (Pictured, right. Tennessee Williams courtesy of The Times-Picayune.)
“Don’t miss out on seeing literary rockstars like #TWF13 performers Bryan Batt, Harry Shearer, Michael Arata, and Cristine McMurdo-Wallis! Visit our Festival box office now! But in the meantime, check out this clip of Bryan Batt and Alison Fraser leaving the stage after their reading of ‘Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen…’ Thursday night.”
“Ayana Mathis, Leonard Pitts, Jr., and Susan Straight wave hello from the 2013 #TennesseeWilliams Festival! #TWF13”
“Between her starring roles at the #TWF13, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis enjoys the spirited sounds of Tanya and Dorsie on Royal St.”
“Her name is Moira Crone, and she’s here to tell you a #SixWordStory”

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Festival Best-Sellers

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Local independent bookseller Garden District Book Shop offered Festival authors’ books for sale, along with special books about Louisiana and all things Tennessee. How many of these Festival best-sellers are on your nightstand? (Photo by Earl Perry.)

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry
The “Baby Dolls”: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition, Kim Marie Vaz
The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, Manuel Gonzales
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis
Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 20’s, John Shelton Reed
Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading, Maureen Corrigan
Shoot the Money, Chris Wiltz

Take the 2013 Festival Survey

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

7 Important Festival News Items

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

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 presenters is Don Murray, the film icon who starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop and worked with our namesake playwright himself.

2. Only A Paper Moon: A Tennessee Williams Songbook captures the soul of Tennessee and puts it to music. If you can’t make it to our Fundraiser Gala, you can still catch a performance of the songbook on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

3. Our 2013 Festival Raffle is offering a grand prize worth $2,000 – including a VIP All-Access Pass, a Swag Bag overflowing with concessions, and a 2013 Library of many of the books and authors featured at our Festival this year. All books will be autographed by authors, and all prize items will …

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

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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 Tom Williams. When he left here a couple months later, he was going as Tennessee, having undergone a tremendous change in his personal life and his creativity.

A man perpetually on the move, Tennessee considered this city his “spiritual home” and had at least eight residences in its famous neighborhoods. Revisit the homes and hangouts where he lived and worked and returned to throughout his adult life, beloved spots that helped to make Tennessee America’s greatest playwright.

Each Literary Walking Tour will start with an introduction by Dr. Kenneth Holditch. Read on for the days and times of our six Literary Walking Tours.

Event: Literary Walking Tour
Date: Friday
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Tour meets in the Hotel Monteleone …

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

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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 our sponsor, Hendrick’s Gin, as well as footage from past contests and the Shouting Contest Practice videos on Vine!

Follow us on Vine, Instagram, and Twitter @TWFestNOLA
Check out our official Facebook page for updates throughout the Festival weekend

The 27th Annual Stella/Stanley Shouting Contest

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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. The most outrageous, unique, and convincing rendition wins! Shouters are also welcome to try a little role reversal and yell “STANLEYYYY!” instead. Whichever name you decide to shout, remember to bring your A-game because prizes will be awarded.

Date: Sunday March 24, 2013
Time: 4:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jackson Square
Price: Free and open to the public

This event is made possible by the generous support of Hendrick’s Gin.

Sponsor Spotlight: Hendrick’s Gin

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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, which combines a distinct blend of eleven botanicals, as well as the signature infusions of Cucumber and Rose petals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully unique aroma. Hand crafted in Scotland in miniscule batches, Hendrick’s uses a marriage of spirits from a Carter-Head and Copper Pot Still, a combination produces a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character and balance of subtle flavours.

Since its induction in the US, Hendrick’s has gained widespread acclaim and received numerous awards, including a Double gold medal at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition; “Gin of the Year” at the Food and Wine Magazine Awards, and voted “World’s Best Gin” by the Wall Street Journal.

Check Out Our Shouts on Youtube and Vine

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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 at the climax of the Festival the Stanley/Stella shouters resurrect the memory of Marlon Brando’s impassioned “STELLA-A-A-A!!” from the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire.

In celebration of this stellar event, we asked local New Orleanians to let us capture their best shouts in a Vine video, as practice for the 2013 contest. Read on for links to our “Stanley/Stella Shouting Contest Practice” clips, as well as YouTube videos from past contests. Remember, the competition gets stiffer with each passing year, so take a look at these clips to pick up a few pointers for the #TWF13 contest!

Follow us on Vine, Instagram, and Twitter (@TWFestNOLA)  for video updates throughout the Festival weekend!


#TWF13 Shouting Contest Practice: Round 1 (Vine)

#TWF13 Shouting Contest Practice: Round 2 …

Cocktails and Conversation with Festival Author, Kit Wohl

Posted on March 8, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

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 Hadi Kitiri-Idrissi. Wohl, Festival speaker and author of the critically acclaimed Classic New Orleans cookbook series, will lend her culinary expertise to the 2013 Festival’s Saturday afternoon special event, “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon.”

Read on for more information about author Kit Wohl and details on this must-attend special event.

Special Event: “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon”

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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 discuss historic New Orleans beverages at Arnaud’s iconic French 75 Bar. Wohl will share from her latest book, New Orleans Classic Cocktails, which boasts over sixty recipes from absinthe cocktails to Tennessee Williams’ beverage of choice, the Sazerac.

Spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon sampling Old New Orleans Rum specialty drinks while listening to history, musings, and stories about the history of cocktails in New Orleans. For the price of admission, this special event also includes a signed copy of Wohl’s latest book,  New Orleans Classic Cocktails.

Event: “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon”
Date: Saturday March 23, 2013
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, 813 Bienville
Ticket Type: Special Event
Price: $30, or included in All-Access Pass
Ticket Code: SippingSat130pm

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Bryan Batt Reads at the Festival’s Thursday Night Event

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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 by Tennessee Williams,” along with Harry Shearer, Alison Fraser, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis, and Nell Nolan. Batt will be reading Tennessee Williams’ “Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen…” alongside Alison Fraser.

Read on for a full description of the event, or peruse the 2013 Festival program for our selection of panel discussion, master class, and theater offerings.

Event: Those Rare Electrical Things Between People: Readings of Three One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams
Description: This year’s Festival kicks off with an entertaining trio of Tennessee Williams’s one-act gems. Written when the author was only 28, “The Palooka” is an age-old tale of youth and age in which an up-and-coming fighter comes face-to-face with his hero, and perhaps his …

Tennessee Returns! Actor Jeremy Lawrence as Tennessee Williams

Posted on March 7, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

Crowd favorite Jeremy Lawrence returns to the 2013 Festival to explore the character of our eponymous playwright, Tennessee Williams. The actor and writer has a knack for personifying cultural greats like Tennessee, and also appears as Albert Einstein. This year, Lawrence will lend his talents to two Festival theater events: “There’s No Way We Can’t Finally Win,” an exploration of Williams’ personality and career; and “Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words,” a piecing together of Williams’ life through the eyes of those who knew him best.

Read on for a full description of these events, or peruse the 2013 Festival program for our selection of panel discussion, master class, and theater offerings.

Event: There’s No Way We Can’t Finally Win
Description: A new exploration of Tennessee Williams, arranged and performed by Jeremy Lawrence, culled from essays, letters and his works, many unpublished, and mostly …

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

Posted on March 4, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

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,” has two scheduled showings during the Festival and uses the French Quarter itself as a set!

The term auto da fe refers to a ritual of public penance that took place during the Spanish Inquisition, which makes it that much more appropriate as the title of Tennessee Williams’ one-act which will be performed using the historic New Orleans French Quarter as a live – and very public – set.

Directed by Jef Hall-Flavin and starring Cristine McMurdo-Wallis and Ben Berry, “Auto-Da-Fe” brings to life the story of puritanical Eloi Duvenet, who is over 30 and still lives with his mother. We find the two of them squabbling on the balcony of their Vieux Carre boarding house as the …

Festival Offerings That Help You Get Published

Posted on March 1, 2013 in Enews, News, Uncategorized, Updates

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

1. “The Art of Self-Publishing”
Description: Cornell Landry provides practical tips for the self-published author. A great class for those tired of the query cycle or for anyone who might have wondered what self-publishing is all about.
Event Type: Master Class
Instructor: Cornell Landry
Date: Thursday March 21
Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Historic New Orleans Collection
Price: Single ticket ($25), or included in Master Class Full Series Pass ($175) or All-Access Pass ($500)
Ticket Code: MC-LandryTh9am

2. “The Art of the Debut: Writers on Their First Books”
Description: Panelists tell how they got their first fiction byline, ensnared their agents, won fellowships, maintained (or chucked) their day jobs and kept their sanity as they gained their bona fides as writers.
Event Type: Panel Discussion
Panelists: Manuel Gonzales, …

Get the Most Out of Your Festival Experience

Posted on February 21, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

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 our Sample Day at the Festival guide below to help make your choices. Plus, get a detailed explanation of ticket packages and a list of newly available events.

24 Hours of Tennessee: A Sample Day at the Festival

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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 one decide which events to attend?

Fear not, Festival Fans, we have compiled a Sample Day at the Festival with suggestions on everything from panel discussions and master classes, to dining and after-hours venues. For our Sample Day, we chose Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. You, however, can browse the 2013 program and create your own Festival schedule. Read on to see how you can make the best of your Festival experience.

Day Four of the Festival: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

7:30 a.m.
Start your morning with a hot cup of French Market Coffee in the place where locals say the French Quarter really begins: the Hotel Monteleone lobby. During your visit to the Crescent City, you will want to experience as …

Seats Now Available for Select Wait-Listed Events

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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 tickets available for the following events:

Restaurant Scoop from the Virtual Gourmet with John Mariani: Friday, March 22nd at 5:30 PM
Ticket Code: RestaurFri530pm
Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon: Saturday, March 23rd at 1:30 P.M.
Ticket Code: SippingSat130pm
At Tennessee’s Table: Sunday, March 24th at 11:30 A.M.
Ticket Code: TableSun1130am

Only a limited number of tickets are available so buy your tickets now!

Buying Tickets, Demystified: Browse Our Best Packages

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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. Oh, and did we mention it comes with an invitation to our exclusive VIP party? The VIP All-Access Pass is a must for any Festival-goer wanting the complete Tennessee Williams experience, with a VIP twist.
Cost: $500
Access: Unlimited

One-Day Festival Panel Pass
Good for a specific day of your choosing, a One-Day Festival Panel Pass grants you access to all of the panels, “Conversations With” events, and music events, as well as the One-Act Play Contest reading and production. The best part? You don’t need individual reservations, just drop in and join the fun. The One-Day Panel Pass is perfect for those who want to experience the Festival on a flexible schedule.
Cost: $30
Access: Approximately 30 different programs (Access limited to …

Polish Your Writing Skills in Our Master Classes

Posted on February 7, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

Interested in sharpening your fiction writing skills, shopping your book to an agent, or even delving into the world of screenwriting? Discuss these topics, and many more, in a personalized learning environment with our professional instructors. Headlining our 2013 Festival Master Class series are authors Zachary Lazar (novelist) and John Patrick Shanley (Oscar-winning screenwriter), among many other established writers. Read on for author interviews, as well as descriptions for all 2013 Master Class offerings.

Menu of 2013 Master Classes

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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, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection

Master Class: A Sense of Time and Place in Literary Fiction
Instructor: Zachary Lazar
Cost: $25 individually, or included in Full Series Pass $175
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection

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

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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 Murder, he retraces the more personal history of his own father’s life. Lazar, whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and elsewhere, will conduct the Master Class “A Sense of Time and Place in Literary Fiction” for the 2013 Festival. During this class he will share the tools of setting scenes from different time periods and places, while discussing narrative elements such as voice and character. We sat down with Lazar for a more in-depth discussion about the class, his memoir, and what’s on his personal reading list.

Your latest book, a memoir called Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder, attempts to elucidate the mysterious circumstances surrounding …

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

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During the class Shanley discusses his screen and stage career, and offers insider wisdom and his personal thoughts on the writing life. Facilitated by Thomas Keith, an editor and leading authority on contemporary theater, this session promises lively conversation.

A Conversation with Harry Shearer, Artist-Activist Extraordinaire

Posted on February 6, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

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

2013 Festival Raffle: Win the Festival Library!

Posted on January 23, 2013 in Enews, News, Updates

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

3rd Annual Poetry Contest Top 10 Finalists and Winner

Posted on January 15, 2013 in Enews, News

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 you will continue writing and look forward to reading your future work.

Save the Date… Bold. Bracing. Bacchanal.

Posted on January 2, 2013 in Enews, Events, News, Uncategorized

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 Bacchanal is a weekend event loaded with raw work and fresh voices, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. Events include:

A 6×6 Playslam,
Staged Readings and a Masterclass Discussion with Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize winner and finalists,
Special Presentations of Gabrille Reisman’s The Panama Limited and Greg Herren’s Grande Dames of New Orleans, and
“Five by Tenn” – a revue of five Tennessee Williams scenes – from cultural classics to the rarely performed.

And, of course, no Bacchanal would be complete without the famed Toga Party to cap it off.

Intrigued? Lock down your spot today by purchasing your tickets here. We’re offering individual event tickets as well as the all-access pass, our multi-event deal that gives even the most ambitious …

Oprah Picks Ayana Mathis’ “Twelve Tribes of Hattie”

Posted on December 6, 2012 in News, Updates

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,” Oprah said. “I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”

When we read the book’s galleys some months back, we had a similar reaction and immediately invited her to attend our 2013 Festival. We’re thrilled that she accepted and can’t wait to host her in March. Ayana will speak on two panels at the Festival: “The Art of the Debut: Writers on their First Books,” during which we imagine she’ll have lots to say about after her wild journey in Oprah-land, and “The South: Literature of Exile, Refuge and Return,” alongside Vivek Bald and John Jeremiah Sullivan.

To hear Ayana, and other talented new (and new-ish) …

An Evening of Cocktails & Antique Jewelry to Benefit the Festival

Posted on December 5, 2012 in Enews, News

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

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

Posted on November 26, 2012 in Enews, News

Prytania Theater owner Rene Brunet has teamed up with urbanologist Jack Stewart and book publisher Arthur Hardy to produce a beautiful book that chronicles more than 100 lost movie theaters in metro New Orleans.

Holiday Sale: Save Up to 20% On Tickets

Posted on November 21, 2012 in News, Updates

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 the 27th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, and you’ll be giving the gift of inspiration. Hurry, offer ends January 4th!

Become a Sponsor

Posted on November 15, 2012 in Enews, Home Page, News

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

Board Member Spotlight: Mary Langlois

Posted on November 14, 2012 in Enews, News

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 in getting involved with the Festival, check out our website or send us an email at

Today we’ve got board member, Secretary, and Co-Chair of Development, Mary Langlois, in the hot seat.

But first, a little bit about Langlois: Langlois has served as Director of Alumnae Affairs at the Newcomb College of Tulane University and Director of the Newcomb College Centennial Celebration. She was the Capital Fund Director for New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo and served six years as Tulane University Hospital’s Director of Volunteer Services. She also spent time as a child welfare caseworker with the Jefferson Parish Children’s Division and a day care supervisor with the Orleans Parish Area Welfare Department. Langlois has facilitated board retreats, provided …

Sponsor Spotlight: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Posted on November 13, 2012 in Enews, Gold, News

David Johnson is executive editor of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine and KnowLA, the digital encyclopedia of Louisiana (, two projects of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. During his twenty years editing the magazine, the publication has won more than 100 awards from the Press Club of New Orleans.

As editor of Cultural Vistas, how have you seen the magazine change during your tenure and what is the greatest challenge for you in this age of so many changes in print communication?
Louisiana Cultural Vistas has grown by leaps and bounds during my twenty years with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In 1992, when I started on the job as a wide-eyed recent college graduate from the Midwest, the magazine was a 24-page largely black-and-white publication — color was a rare luxury — but today it is 100 pages, full color, and with a digital, online …

Friend of Tennessee Spotlight: Margaret Dziedic

Posted on November 12, 2012 in Enews, News

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

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

Posted on October 26, 2012 in Enews, News

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 of torturing her slaves.

Advertise in Our Commemorative Program

Posted on October 24, 2012 in Enews, News, Updates

An ad in the program will drive traffic to your business before, during, and after the Festival! Reserve your ad now; the deadline for our print version is February 3.

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

Posted on October 15, 2012 in Enews, News

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

Time for Coffee and Conversation!

Posted on October 5, 2012 in Enews, News

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 French Market Coffee.

Join Us Sept. 5 at the Fourth Annual Culture Collision

Posted on August 27, 2012 in Enews, News

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 literary panel passes to the 2013 Festival.

Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to September 1!

Posted on August 13, 2012 in Enews, News

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

Highlights from the 2012 Festival

Posted on July 17, 2012 in Festival, News

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

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

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

Posted on June 28, 2012 in Enews, News, Updates

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

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

Posted on June 16, 2012 in Enews, News

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

Win $1,000 in Our Poetry Contest!

Posted on May 8, 2012 in Enews, News

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

Posted on May 7, 2012 in Arts & Letters, Enews, News

Chris shares the inspiration behind his winning work, ‘”The Nephilim,” and more.

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

Posted on May 6, 2012 in Enews, News

“The Moon in the Mango Tree”, penned by Festival board member and panelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, won the Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by The National League of American Pen Women in their 2012 Biennial Letters Competition.

Me and Tennessee

Posted on April 15, 2012 in Enews, Home Page, News, Updates

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

Take Our Survey

Posted on April 14, 2012 in Home Page, News, Updates

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.

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

Posted on March 19, 2012 in Arts & Letters, Enews, Updates

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

Mint Juleps, Book Fair, Stella, and More!

Posted on March 17, 2012 in Enews, News, Updates

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 will be the best Fest yet.

Mint Juleps at the Road Food Festival
Refresh yourself between events with one of our famous, signature mint juleps at our booth at the New Orleans Road Food Festival. We’ll be at the French Market on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. Our juleps will be served in special Mardi Gras keepsake cups! Read all about Maureen Detweiler’s Mint Julep Mix for a Crowd (pictured).

Our New Orleans To Do List

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Support our wonderful Festival sponsors with your patronage.

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

Posted on March 16, 2012 in Enews, News, Updates

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

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

Posted on March 15, 2012 in Arts & Letters, Enews, News, Updates

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 favorite version of Piper Laurie — in The Hustler, The Glass Menagerie, Twin Peaks, The Grass Harp or Rich in Love, the list just goes on and on — but after reading Learning to Live Out Loud, you may find that your favorite version of her is the true, complex woman behind all those well-known roles. Piper Laurie is a truth-teller, that’s for sure.

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

Posted on March 12, 2012 in Arts & Letters, Enews

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