Festival Updates

Stay informed of any and all schedule changes.


Book your room!

Why wait? Book your room for the 2017 Festival (March 22-26). The historic Hotel Monteleone is ready to take your reservations for the Festival block of rooms. Visit our ACCOMMODATIONS page more information on the Hotel Monteleone and the block of Festival rooms. And be sure to check out their recent book, New Orleans’ Literary Landmark, about the many writers who have stayed at the Monteleone and been inspired by this beautiful hotel. Written by Susan Larson, Riki Collier, and Phillip Collier, with a foreword by Richard Ford, this book is available in the hotel gift shop.



Enter Our Contests!

Calling all poets, fiction writers, and playwrights! Our contests are open and awaiting your submissions. Prizes include cash, publication, and public readings at our 2017 Festival. This year’s judges include acclaimed Southern novelist Dorothy Allison and Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley. Click on our CONTESTS link for details.



Thanks for attending our Festival Season Opener!

Posted on August 2, 2016 in Enews, Events, Home Page, News

Our 2016-17 season opened with a delightful evening of music, theater, food, and cocktails at a gathering of Festival supporters in the French Quarter. We’re so appreciative of our sponsors for making the evening possible, and for the patrons who attended. Guests were greeted at Gallier House with a bourbon peach tea, meandered through the exhibit, “Tennessee Williams’ Neighborhood:  A French Quarter Perspective,” and enjoyed the musical stylings of Beth Bartley and Todd d’Amour (pictured).

Guests strolled around the corner to Beauregard-Keyes House for drinks and appetizers before settling into the ballroom for a staged reading of Williams’ one-act play, “Something Unspoken,” starring Beth Bartley and Brenda Currin, directed by Paul Willis, with technical direction by Destany Gorham.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed more food and libations, wandered through the historic rooms, and visited on the back gallery and front porch. It was a lovely …



Announcing the Results of the #TWF16 Fiction Contest!

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is excited to announce the annual #TWF16 Fiction Contest Finalists and Winner as chosen by our contest judge Claire Vaye Watkins!



Announcing the Results of the #TWF16 Poetry Contest!

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is excited to announce the annual #TWF16 Poetry Contest Finalists and Winner as chosen by our contest judge Yusef Komunyakaa!



Thank you to our auction donors!

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Enews, Home Page, News

We’re so appreciative of the many businesses and individuals who donated goods and services to our winter auction fundraiser. Please join us in supporting them by dining, staying, and shopping at their businesses and venues!