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Program of the 30th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2018

The theme for this year's symposium is “‘As If the Ear of the World Listened’: Celebrating Thirty Years of Southern Stories,” which is inspired by  Welty's novel Delta Wedding.

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 during the symposium.

Times listed are approximate start times of each reading—sessions begin at the following times: Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m.

author of Looking Both Ways

Friday, October 19, 3:00 p.m.

Born in Egypt, Pauline Kaldas immigrated with her family to the US when she was eight. She grew up near Boston, and in 1990 returned to Egypt to teach for three years at Cairo University. She currently teaches creative writng and English at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In her new collection of essays, Looking Both Ways, Kaldas explores her Egyptian-American identity. Her previous books include the story collection The Time Between Places: Stories that Weave in and out of Egypt and America, the poetry collection Egyptian Compass, and the memoir Letters from Cairo. She also edited Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction.


Did You Know?

  1. Pauline Kaldas teaches Arab American Literature, Arab Women Writers, and Immigrant Literature.  
  2. She was the recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.   
  3. She also translates poetry by contemporary Egyptian women. 

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