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Sing Me A Story, Tell Me A Song: When Writing Demands Melody (Drummer And Smoke Series)
As part of our Drummers and Smoke Series, don’t miss out on the 11:30 AM, Sunday March 23rd 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 WWNO “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 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. 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
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 …
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 each link below and view the daily schedules.
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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 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
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
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!
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!
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: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2013/11/19/take-a-bookish-boozy-race-through-the-french-quarter-this-friday
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
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
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 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
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!
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.
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 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
Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau will jointly judge our 6th Annual Fiction Contest.
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 …
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
“#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 all the way from Austria to pose with Tennessee! http://tinyurl.com/cy88qj5” (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. http://ow.ly/jlwR7”
“Ayana Mathis, Leonard Pitts, Jr., and Susan Straight wave hello from the 2013 #TennesseeWilliams Festival! #TWF13 http://ow.ly/jlwu9”
“Between her starring roles at the #TWF13, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis enjoys the spirited sounds of Tanya and Dorsie on Royal St. http://tinyurl.com/bnct2bn”
“Her name is Moira Crone, and she’s here to tell you a #SixWordStory http://ow.ly/jj4hb”
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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