Southern Literary Events


These events take place in the southern states and beyond. Keep checking back as this list will be updated as events are made known to me. PLEASE add to the list.

The Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry
Events are free of charge, but workshop reservations must be made by April 11.
Friday, April 24
A program of music and poetry will begin at 7:00 P.M. at the Hocking Hills State Park Lodge. Music will be performed by Evie Adelman and others.
Saturday, April 25
Workshop will be held at Hocking Hills State Park Lodge, from 3 P.M. until 5
Music and poetry at 7:00 P.M. Evie Adelman and others Hocking Hills State Park Lodge.
Dinner available at the lodge both evenings.
For further information contact:
Alan Cohen
26488 Starr Rt.
Logan, Ohio 43138
(740) 385-3918


September 12-13, 2014 

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 West Second St.
Lexington, KY 40517

Chattahoochee Valley Writers' Conference

September 26-27, 2014

Auburn Writers Conference: The Inspired South

October 17-18, 2014

The deadline for creative submissions is August 29, 2014!

Southern Literary Festival

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, panel discussions
March 26-28, 2015

Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival

panel discussionss, theater performances, master classes, walking tours
March 25-29, 2015


October 11-13, 2013

The 25th Annual Southern Festival of Books:  

War Memorial Plaza
Sixth Avenue and Union
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 770-0006
This Literary Festival is held annually the second full weekend of October in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The event welcomes more than 200 authors and 30,000 visitors annually. The Festival features more than 60 book exhibitors, three performance stages, and events for children.

October 24-26, 2013

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium

MUW campus
for more info, email Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg, Symposium Director at

Each October the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy sponsors the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium to honor one of MUW's most famous alumnae. A diverse group of Southern writers and scholars are invited to present their work. One highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize for an unpublished book of scholarship on Women's Studies, Southern Studies, or Modern Letters. All Symposium events will be held on the MUW campus and are free and open to the public. The Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation.

Fri-Sat AUG 3-4, 2012   

Mississippi Writers Guild 6th Annual Conference

The Mississippi Writers Guild is proud to announce that the 2012 NATIONAL POETRY OUT LOUD WINNER, Kristen Dupard from Ridgeland, Mississippi, will read at the 2012 Mississippi Writers Guild Conference on Saturday! 

When:  August 3-4, 2012 

Where: The Arts Center of Mississippi. 
Speakers: Author Mandi Stanley (National Certified Speaker/best-selling author), 
C. Hope Clark (Funds for Writers), 
Rochelle Melander (writing coach and author of Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days And Live to Tell About It, Writer's Digest Books), 
Julie Cantrell (New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Children’s Authors), 
Kathryn Lay (multi-award winning children’s author and freelance writer), 
Author/Illustrator Chuck Galey (magazines and books) and 
Evan-Guildford Blake, award-winning playwright. 
Register: Online at or at the conference.

Thursday SEPT. 20, 2012

Natasha Trethewey Poetry Reading

Mark your calendars for this event featuring NatashaTrethewey is a Pulitzer Prize winner, current Mississippi Poet Laureate and National Poet Laureate! A reception in the Margaret Walker Alexander Center will follow her reading.
  • Where: Dollye M.E. Robinson College of Liberal Arts, Room 166/266
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 3 p.m.
  • Where: Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact Phone: 601-979-3935
  • Contact E-mail:

Saturday NOV. 12, 2011


Belhaven University Student Theatre
Registration 8:45-9:15  $12, includes lunch
Workshop Leader: Paul Rankin "Laws of Liberty"
1:15 Poet of the Year Presentation and Poetry Contest Awards
for more info, see

Friday-Sunday NOV. 18-20, 2011


DoubleTree Hotel Asheville-Biltmore

115 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: 828-274-1800
Register Online:

OCT 20, 2011 from 7:30-10:30 and OCT 21 from 9 am-12 pm 

Eudora Welty Writer's Symposium Keynote

Mississippi University for Women
1100 College St., Whitfield Hall
OCTOBER 8 & 22, 2011


The Arts Center of Mississippi
Jackson, MS

The Horror Art Gallery showing begins Oct 8 and will run through Oct 31 in the Arts Center Downstairs Gallery and admission will be FREE to view the gallery except on the Festival weekend.Saturday Oct 22 will showcase ALL of the horror guests and is the actual date of the Horror Fest--the Portion of the 2nd Annual Mississippi International Film Festival.The Arts Center of Mississippi is the old Art Museum and is adjacent to and connected to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium in downtown Jackson. All film portions (competing and non-competing) will be viewed in the Planetarium. The Horror Fest is brought to you by Java Ink in Pearl, MS. There is no extra fee for entering the Horror Fest. Your admission to the film festival covers your admission to the Horror Fest.Visual artists, film makers, actors, authors and special events and demonstrations are planned.

OCTOBER 1, 2011 

MID-SOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee
“20 Ways to Loose Your Muse!”
Workshop Leader--Wynne Huddleston
< will also be performing on piano at the welcome party on Friday night. Registration information is online at

NOVEMBER 12, 2011

FALL FESTIVAL sponsored by the Central Division of the Mississippi Poetry Society
Bellhaven University

JUNE 19-24 2011

P. O. Box 20407
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: 912-638-8688 • Fax: 912-634-0642
Make reservations online at

APRIL 14-17

Clarksdale, MS

OK this is not literary, but it is Southern!

ONGOING 1st FRIDAY NIGHT of each month at 7:30 PM


Hattiesburg, MS at The Back Door Coffeehouse in Hattiesburg located at the back of the University Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Babysitter provided on site. Bring friends, or come meet some new ones.
Contact: David Walker at

APRIL 30-May 1 


Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center
Ocean Springs, MS

Call toll-free for reservations ($89 + tax) at 866-875-4211.

To register for the festival,
Early bird deadline must be received by April 1, regular-April 8

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. April 30
Speaker: Dr. Virginia Gilbert, Alabama State Council on the Arts
Contest Awards & Readings
Business Session 8:00 a.m. -12:30 May 1


READING/WORKSHOP sponsored by the Mississippi Writers Guild

Experience Poetry In Vicksburg: Featuring poets Darrell Bourque, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Michael Heffernan, and Murray Shugars. Hosted by author Howard Bahr.

Saturday, April 30th
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Warren County Public Library
Vicksburg, MS

JAN. 17-22, 2011


Delray Beach, Florida

Eight poetry workshops taught by Stuart Dischell, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas Lux, Heather McHugh, Vijay Seshadri, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C.D. Wright, and Dean Young feature twelve hours of workshop participation, one-on-one conference with workshop leader and free admission to faculty readings by D. Blair, Taylor Mali, and special guest Robert Pinsky, as well as to the festival gala cocktail-dinner party. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to read their poems at a free event open to the public. Readings and craft talks take place in the Crest Theatre at Old School Square. Restaurants, art galleries, the Delray Beach Public Library are steps away. Gorgeous beaches are less than a five minute drive. Each workshop is limited to twelve qualified participants and three auditors.You can now apply on-line for a workshop on our website at Tuition is $200 and there is a $25 reading fee. Three poems may be submitted online. For further information contact, or call 561-868-2063.

JAN. 22, 2011


NCPS Winter Meeting

Weymouth Center
Southern Pines
Winter Readings and Workshops at Weymouth
Choice of Workshops with John Balaban, Morri Creech, or Dorianne Laux

FEB. 3- MAY 2011


Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Arts Journal Readings

FEB- MAY 11 2011


Eighteen towns in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

From Natchez to Savannah the Trail celebrates internationally renowned writers and playwrights who were inspired by uniquely southern places. The Trail maps your travel to a region that is home to great writers and timeless stories. During Trailfest 2009, every Trail community presented plays, movies, tours and panel discussions that explored masterworks of Southern Literature by the Trail's honored writers. The success of Trailfest 2009, as depicted in this special scrapbook, established the Southern Literary Trail as a permanent feature of the landscape in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. A tri-state celebration will return with TRAILFEST 2011 in February through May, 2011. Please check this site for event listings:

FEB. 24, 2011 5-6:30 p.m. 


Historic Jefferson College

The theme is "Fields of Dreams: Sports in the South." The event includes lectures, film screenings, the unveiling of a portrait of Natchez's author Richard Wright, music by the Alcorn State University Concert Band, writing workshops and tours of historic Melrose, William Johnson House and Jefferson College.

Price: $25 luncheon, $135 gala, $10 band concert
Contact Phone: 866-296-6522


MARCH 3 and MAY 16

FOREST and FIELD- A Workshop for Creative Writers with Janisse Ray

If you're interested in nature writing, read on: A day-long workshop by Susan Cerulean on May 16 in the Panhandle of Florida that promises to be wonderful and a weekend-long one by me, Janisse, next October in southern Georgia. Also, there'll be a day-long writing workshop on Thursday, March 3, 2011, the day before the Bartram conference in Savannah celebrating the publication of Bartram's Living Legacy, edited by Dorinda Dallmeyer.

HUBfest March 26, 2011 - March 26, 2011

Downtown Hattiesburg

Festivities include live entertainment, local food, childrens activities, concerts, and many arts and crafts.

Phone 601.296.7500

Fax 601.296.7505
Toll-Free 1.800.238.4288
Email mailto:
Contact Katherine Lott

Juke Joint Festival WRITING CONTEST April 14-17, 2011 

243 Delta Avenue, Clarksdale

April 14-17 $10 wristband On the15th "Hidden History of Mississippi Blues" (The History Press) book signing with author Roger Stolle and photographer Lou Bopp. Plus, live blues music out front of the Cat Head store!

Sat. 10:00 AM "Keeping the Blues Alive" is the theme of these essays, personal narratives, song lyrics or poems. Students from grades 4th thru 12 as well as our college students write about the blues, a blues musician, a blues town or a blues way of life. Sponsored by Delta Oil Mill, Friends of the Library, Jim & Jane Wilbourn, SonEdna Foundation, KOK Publications and Rock River Foundation. Our winning entries will be displayed for you to enjoy.



Ocean Springs, MS

Hotel accommodations are the Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center at 13701 Paso Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Reservations can be made at 866-875-4211. ( The hotel and conference center is 2 miles south of interstate 10 at exit #50. It is a lovely 52 room hotel with an 18-hole golf course, lighted tennis court, pool, grill and lounge. All rooms include microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, guest laundry facility. Guests will enjoy a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast in the spacious lobby/breakfast area. Those arriving the afternoon of the 29th will be treated to a wonderful evening of food, fun, and poetry at the home of one of our hosts, as well as an opportunity to tour Beach Boulevard and see the beautiful sculpture and, perhaps, visit an art gallery or two. Contest details will be issued after January 15, 2011.

Emory D. Jones, Ph.D ( MPS President
Judy Davies ( MPS South Branch, president
Brenda Finnegan ( MPS South Branch 2011 spring contest planning committee.

JUNE 19-24, 2011


St. Simons Island, GA

Epworth by the Sea is a conference center owned by Methodist Church. One perk of workshop membership is that we offer your books for sale in the workshop bookstore with only a 10% fee to SWA. You can have 3 manuscripts evaluated. Full conference is $395

JULY 17-21, 2011


Ole Miss at Oxford, MS

A Call for Papers--Faulkner’s Geographies. Authors whose papers are selected will receive a waiver of the conference registration fee and lodging at the Inn at Ole Miss from Saturday, July 16, through Thursday, July 21. For short papers, two-page abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2011, preferably through e-mail attachment. Authors whose abstracts are selected will receive a reduction of the registration fee to $100. All manuscripts and inquiries should be addressed to Donald Kartiganer, Department of English, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848. Telephone: 662-236-7194, e-mail: Decisions for all papers will be made by March 5, 2011. Details at:

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 2010 Past Events:

OCT 2 2010 at 1 pm


Hattiesburg, MS

Christian vampire novelist Sue Dent will be the guest speaker for the Hattiesburg Chapter of the MS Writers Guild on Saturday, at Main Street Books in downtown Hattiesburg. Dent's books "Never Ceese" and sequel "Forever Richard" were nominated for the 2009 Pluto Award. "Never Ceese" was the American Christian Fiction Writers Asso. Club choice of the month of May 2007 and also 2007 Bram Stoker short-listed for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. “Forever Richard” made the 2010 British Fantasy Awards Longlist. Her upcoming novel “Electric Angel” is due for release Christmas 2010. Come meet the creative mind behind this unique spiritual fantasy series. Jamie Quinn, Chapter Head.

OCT 8, 8 PM


Eclipse Coffee & Books

The area's best performance poets compete not only for the cash prize but also for a chance to qualify for the Montevallo Poetry Slam Team. Open mic and slam signup start at 8 p.m. The Slam begins at 9 p.m. See Web site for more information.

1032 Main Street
Montevallo , AL 35115
Contact: Kirk Hardesty

OCT 8-9


Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, Auburn AL

The Child on the Page, the first Auburn Writers Conference, will feature small-group workshops and a day of panel discussions and readings with award-winning writers, agent Holly Root, and keynote speaker Julianna Baggott. Choose 2 out of 14 workshops! See Web site for more information.

Friday Only $110 Includes two workshops, lunch, and dinner.
Saturday Only $55 Includes admission to panel discussions and refreshments.
Full Conference $150 Includes all events.

241 South College St.
Auburn, AL 36830
Contact: Maiben Beard

OCT 7-11, 2010

Forest & Field A Workshop for Creative Writers--Janisse Ray

Reidsville, Georgia
The weekend begins on the organic farm in rural southern Georgia with a cocktail reception and orientation on Thursday evening in the farm galley. Hors d'oeuvre served. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are packed with classes and outings, including a hike in Moody Forest and a canoe trip on the Ohoopee River. The weekend ends on Sunday evening, although breakfast will be served on Monday morning to those who depart on Monday. $350

OCT 8-10


Nashville TN

The Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions and book signings. Hear and meet some of America's foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children's literature among others. Celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October, the event is free and open to the public. All seating is on a first-come basis. War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville between Charlotte and Union and 6th and 7th Avenues. Author sessions are held in the Legislative Plaza hearing rooms underneath the Plaza and in the Senate and House Chambers of the State Capitol.

OCT 15 11:30 AM


Birmingham Sheraton Hotel Downtown, Birmingham AL

Maya Angelou will bring her powerful poetry and captivating delivery to the inaugural UAB MHRC fundraising luncheon, Rewriting Her Story: Put Yourself in Her Shoes. Tickets are $100 and will be on sale Sept. 7-Oct. 8. Visit Web site or phone for more information or to purchase tickets.

2101 Ruchard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N
Birmingham, AL 35203
Contact: UAB

OCT 15-16


Birmingham, AL

Orchestrating Voice, a one-day intensive workshop, will be led by acclaimed teacher/author Darcy Pattison on Friday. This workshop is followed by our 19th annual fall conference on Saturday, featuring 28 workshops to choose from. Faculty includes: Darcy Pattison (keynote speaker), Jaime Weiss Chilton (agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency), Stacey Barney (Editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers), Kate Sullivan (Assistant Editor, Little, Brown Young Readers), and a host of others. Formal and informal critiques will be available. Pre-registration is required, closes Oct. 11. Some workshops are full and Friday Intensive is NOW FULL, but we are starting a waiting list. See Web site for more information. Conference Venue: Spain Park High School and The Hampton Inn Suites, AL.

4700 Jaguar Dr.
Hoover , AL 35242
Contact: Jo Kittinger

OCT 21-23, 2010


Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS

The theme for this year's symposium is “'Never Think You’ve Seen the Last of Anything': Of Optimists and Other Endangered Species" and is taken from Eudora Welty's novel The Optimist's Daughter.

NOV 5 - 7, 2010

Presented by the Gulf Coast Writers Association
Ocean Springs, MS

(In association with The Peter Anderson Art Festival: November 6 - 7, 2010)

Authors Conference '10. Sponsored by the IP Casino Resort & Spa
22 Workshops + 5 Special Programs. Attendance limited to 120
Early bird: $150 for 5 sessions. One-on-One sessions: $25 ea. (5 max)
NOV 06, 2010 (12:00 - noon - 6:00 pm)

RED CLAY Georgia Writers Conference 2010

Collin Kelley, Louise Staman, Robert Lee Brewer, and more.

NOV 10, 4 PM


UAB Spencer Honors House, Birmingham, AL

Andrew Hudgins will read as part of the 2010-2011 UAB Writers Series. Hudgins' volumes of poetry include American Rendering: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010); Shut Up, You're Fine: Poems for Very, Very Bad Children (Overlook Press 2009); and Ecstatic in the Poison (Overlook Press, 2003). Free and open to the public. See Web site for more information.

1190 Tenth Ave South
Birmingham , AL 35294-4450
Contact: Sue J. Kim

NOV. 13


Belhaven College, MS

Fall Minifestival at Belhaven University in Jackson,Mississippi. Further details coming soon.

NOV. 23

NEIL WHITE signs his new book "Mississippians" at Embelish, 2108 Front Street, Meridian, MS!/pages/Meridian-MS/Embellish/110107829031467

DEC 18, 2010 – 10AM-3:30PM


Vicksburg, MS

First Annual Yuletide Souls Festival, 9 Southern Authors and 1 Artist from Imagicopter will sell, sign, host panels, and speak about their inspirations, work, and the joys of writing and art. At this event, the public is welcome to donate to "The Exchange Club of Vicksburg Abuse Prevention Center", so that children who have suffered abusive situations can have a Merry Christmas. Everyone is welcome to partake in the festivities of Literature, Art, and Giving.

H. David Blalock (Fantasy Author)
Alexander S. Brown (Horror Author)
Andy Childress (Graphic Novelist)
A. Christopher Drown (Fantasy Author)
Charles Walter Jett (Artist)
Roland Mann (Fantasy Author)
Jennifer Mulvihill (Fantasy Author)
Herika Raymer (Fantasy Author)
Kimberly Richardson (Steampunk Author)
J. Moffett Walker (Inspirational Author)

Vicksburg Public Library
700 Veto Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180

Visit to learn more of each author and artist.

About Me

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.