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Category: Major Events/Festivals

Start: Mar 24, 2021 12:00 AM

End: Mar 29, 2021 12:00 AM

MEDIA CONTACT: Marian Hawk: press@tennesseewilliams.net

Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival
Embraces Virtual Format for 2021

NEW ORLEANS—The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns for its
35th annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater, and the works of Tennessee
Williams. The 2021 Festival will offer two consecutive weekends of virtual programming in
March: a Writer’s Retreat followed by a weekend of traditional events presented online.
The Writer’s Retreat March 19-21 will include online writing workshops, author events, and
a writing marathon. Delivering a keynote inspirational message to writers is Robert Jones, Jr.,
whose debut novel The Prophets is garnering praise and making top lists across the country.
Acclaimed and award-winning authors also participating include C. Morgan Babst, Michael
Bourne, Elizabeth Miki Brina, Ethan Brown, Pamela Colloff, Lily King, Leigh Camacho
Rourks, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Sunni Patterson, Sharyn Rosenblum, and Katy Simpson
Smith. Also included is an agent pitch bootcamp and a session by Kindle Direct Publishing
with Goodreads.
The following weekend, March 24-28, includes our annual Festival traditions presented online.
We are thrilled to welcome back favorite friends and new faces including Megan Abbott,
Augustin J Correro, Randy Fertel, Alison Gaylin, Matthew Griffin, Eliza Griswold,
Ladee Hubbard, Robert Jones, Jr., Peggy Scott Laborde, Susan Larson, Laura Lippman,
Lauren Markham, John Cameron Mitchell, John Pope, Alice Quinn, Mo Rocca, Brian
Sands, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Heather Ann Thompson, M.O. Walsh, Bryan Washington,
and many more.
Special Events
The Festival will open Wednesday, March 24 with an online evening performance of A Vieux
Carré Cabaret with Vinsantos, LadyBeast, and Franky. Other virtual events include the
Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading focused on New Orleans as Muse with Alan Cumming,
Brenda Currin, Rodney Hicks, Ann Magnuson, Amy Ryan, Mink Stole, Blair
Underwood, and more. Books & Beignets focusing on The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee
Williams; an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley; Bryan
Batt in conversation with Tennessee Williams’ scholar Dr. Kenneth Holditch; and a Williams
Scholars Session.
Drummer & Smoke online music events sponsored by New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
Foundation will include Bon Bon Vivant, Arsène DeLay, and a jazz cocktail hour with Joel
Dinerstein. From the Archives will feature Festival highlights from over 35 years, including
an archived interview with Tennessee Williams by Eric Paulsen, an interview with Anne Rice,
and a panel with John Waters. UNO Press will present poetry readings filmed on location from
the book I Am New Orleans and a new memoir by Kalamu ya Salaam. Culinary events will
include a live Jazz Brunch show with Poppy Tooker and Ti Martin and classic New Orleans
cocktails with Tim McNally; plus a full-length film by Lisa Vreeland, Truman & Tennessee:
An Intimate Conversation.
Virtual Theater offerings include an original production, The Felt Menagerie—A Williams-
Inspired Puppet Comedy from The Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. of New Orleans; Teatro
Sin Fronteras / Theater without Borders, showcasing the voices of Latin creatives in New
Orleans curated by Jose Torres-Tama; Tennessee Williams one-act plays from The NOLA
Project and from Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Other theater-related events include New
Orleans, My Muse with Kathy Randels and Stephanie McKee moderated by Monique
Verdin; a panel on the New Orleans Black theatre community with Tommye Myrick,
Kalamu ya Salaam, Lauren Turner, Kaia Karen Livers, and Nick Slie.
The Festival is pleased to share partner content from The Historical New Orleans Collection,
Garden District Book Shop, and the Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.
Saints + Sinners Literary Festival, an annual LGBTQ conference celebrating its 18th year,
will occur online March 11-14, 2021. The virtual SASFest will include panels, workshops,
readings, and special events. Visit sasfest.org for more details.
Tickets for the Virtual TWFestival will go on sale February 19, 2021.
Founded in 1986, the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is for readers,
writers, theater lovers, and anyone who loves New Orleans’ magical culture. TWFest
showcases regional, national, and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists,
both acclaimed and emerging. A portion of the programming is devoted to the creative genius
of Tennessee Williams, who considered New Orleans his spiritual home. For more
information, visit www.tennesseewilliams.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is supported by a grant from the
Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture,
Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding is also
provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works and the Louisiana Endowment
for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
Literary Arts Emergency Fund. Major backing comes from the New Orleans Theatre
Association, which supports performing arts throughout the Greater New Orleans area, along
with support from The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. This
program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New
MEDIA CONTACT: Marian Hawk press@tennesseewilliams.net 706-840-0257
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