In addition to our annual festival, our organization brings to you:
Founded in 2001, the Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBTQ publishers, writers, and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over four days each Spring, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors, and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBTQ literature.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is proud to collaborate with the Jefferson Parish Library with this outreach program featuring local authors. This fall series features authors reading from their work and discussing their experiences within their respective genres with guest facilitators. Books are available for sale (made possible by Friends of Jefferson Public Library), signings, and plenty of time for Q & A and discussion. All programs are free and open to the public.
An educational outreach program for young writers, WriteNOW brings area high school students together for a day of writing workshops and discussions with high-caliber writing professionals. Participating students also receive free scholarship passes to attend Tennessee Williams Festival events. We work with teachers and students from NOCCA, Lusher Charter School, Riverdale High, and the Neighborhood Story Project.
Arts & Letters at NOMA
The Festival is pleased to partner with the New Orleans Museum of Art for their Arts & Letters program, which welcomes authors, poets, journalists, playwrights, and literary scholars to the museum for public conversations that reflect on literature at the intersection of arts and culture. Arts & Letters, led by dynamic local moderators, takes place three to four times annually in NOMA’s Stern Auditorium. This program is free with museum admission thanks to support from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.
Full schedule HERE.