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Program of the 34th Annual

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium 

October 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2022

The theme for this year's symposium is "Telling Stories, Charting a Future: 'Coming to the end of the road… the jumping-off place'" It is inspired by Eudora Welty's story "No Place for You, My Love" from The Bride of Innisfallen and Other Stories.

All sessions will be held in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall and live-streamed for those who can't attend in person.
Books are available for purchase through The Bookend.

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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