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Save the Date

Posted on July 23, 2015 in Enews, News

Mark your calendars for our 30th Anniversary Festival to be held March 30 – April 3, 2016. We’re excited to welcome Beth Henley, known for her Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, Crimes of the Heart. Plus, Dorothy Allison and Rick Bragg are coming back to help us celebrate! We’re bringing back Tennessee’s Got Talent, a Festival favorite, featuring performances by regional theater companies.

And you’ll want to book your accommodations early at our official host hotel, the literary landmark frequented by Tennessee himself, The Hotel Monteleone. Click here to book your room.

Help Wanted

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Are you a huge fan of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival? Would you like to see what goes on behind the scenes and help the Festival at the same time? We have a spot on our Board of Directors for a Festival fan with a strong background in development and fundraising. Come help us make our 30th Anniversary Festival one to be remembered. Contact executive director Paul Willis for more information at

Enter the 8th Annual Fiction Contest and Win $1,500

Posted on June 10, 2015 in Arts & Letters, Enews, Home Page

Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn and Gold Fame Citrus, is judging the #TWF16 Fiction Contest.

Submit to Our One-Act Play Contest

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Tennessee Williams got his break by winning a contest. Send us your One-Acts!

Or Participate in Our Poetry Contest

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Our Poetry Contest will be judged by Louisiana native and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa.

You GaveNOLA!

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Enews, News

Dear champions of literature, theatre, music and local culture,

Thank you for supporting the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival for the GiveNOLA day of fund raising! You helped us to Triple our take from last year’s campaign!

In the words of Tennessee Williams, “Life is partly what you make of it, and partly what is made by the friends we choose.” We are grateful beyond measure to count you among the friends of Tennessee!

You continue to bring life to this Festival and we cannot Thank you enough.

MANY thanks!

The Final Countdown!

Posted on May 5, 2015 in Enews, News

“Time goes by so fast. Nothin’ can outrun it.”

-Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Time may be slipping through our fingers but there is STILL TIME for us to reach our $10,000 GiveNOLA goal!

Your super powers of augmented giving end at midnight. No other day of the year will afford you the opportunity to have your donations boosted by GiveNOLA Lagniappe dollars.

Think $10 can’t make an impact? Think again! If each of you reading this email donated just $10 today, we would have well over $100,000 to make our 30th anniversary the most spectacular display of literary, musical, culinary, scholarly and theatrical excellence this region has ever seen!

Help us celebrate thirty years of serving the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs. Join us as we nurture, support, and showcase regional, national, …

#TWF15 in the News!

Posted on April 7, 2015 in Arts & Letters, Home Page, News, Uncategorized

We’re back in the office after an incredible Festival! We hope you enjoyed the festivities of #TWF15 as much as we did. Thank you for coming and being such a smart, engaged, and engaging audience.

Missed it? Check out these links:

The Stellaah Second Line wove through the French Quarter to end at the Backspace Bar and Kitchen. reviewed “The Hotel Plays” at the gorgeous Hermann-Grima House and the NOLA Project’s “I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays.”

Huffington Post Books wrapped up #TWF15 here.

Guardian US showed up for John Waters, everything else including our Ogden gala with Allen Toussaint and deliciousness from John Besh’s Lüke restaurant, and offered book recommendations via Susan Larson, New Orleans literary authority and our long-time board member.

Publishing Trends wrote about our “literary partay.” This pleased us because we aspire to fun and Tennessee Williams would approve.

Speaking of parties, …

#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 …