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Hotel Monteleone Booking Link
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . We look …
Featuring Biguenet’s BROOMSTICK!
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
Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, 2015 Festival speaker and Poetry Contest judge.
Casting Call for TW/NOLF Members!
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!
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 …
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Unveils Most Ambitious Program to Date, March 25-29, 2015
You won’t want to miss it!
VIP Ticket Special!
Fest for Less: Your VIP all-access pass for only $400 (regular $500)!
2015 Poetry Contest Announcements!
“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:http://con13.tennesseewilliams.net/poetry-contest/
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)
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!
THURSDAY MAY 15, 2014
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
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!
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.
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 …