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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, 9:40 a.m.

Author of Visitations, Sea Dogs, Green Soldiers, The Iron City, and The Waterman's Children

John Bensko returns to the symposium with his fourth collection of poems, Visitations, which bring to life brief, yet intense visions of lives, both historical and contemporary, ranging from a ghostly dream witnessed by Edgar Allen Poe to a nun caring for yellow fever victims in Holly Springs, the commander of the Andersonville prison camp, and moments of the poet’s own life and reflections.

A professor in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, Bensko has also published a collection of stories, Sea Dogs, and three previous books of poems, The Iron City, Waterman's Children, and Green Soldiers, for which he was awarded the Yale Younger Poets prize. He was born in Birmingham and grew up in Decatur, Alabama.

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