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Program of the 26th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2014

The theme for this year's symposium is "''Homesick for Somewhere': Displacement, loss, and longing in the South" and is inspired by Eudora Welty's story "Kin" from her collection The Bride of Innisfallen.

The names below are the list of authors for this year, including when available, links to author websites where you can learn a little more about this year's line-up. Don't forget that we will be selling books at Welty Book Table during the symposium.

The full schedule can be found on our poster or the events listings on Facebook, Goodreads, and LibraryThing.

Friday, October 24, 2:10 p.m.

Author of Ropes and Cotton

Derrick Harriell will read from his second poetry collection, “Ropes,” which chronicles the lives of African American boxers and which was awarded the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award in poetry.

He will also read from his first collection, “Cotton,” an exploration of his adoptive home in the South. Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, and now teaches African American Studies and English at the University of Mississippi.

Harriell also serves as one of the judges of the first Ephemera Prize for High School Writers, which will be awarded at the symposium on Friday after his and Katy Simpson Smith's readings.

Ropes cover Cotton cover