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Poet Rosanna Warren Headlines Second Bettye Jolly Lecture

Rosanna Warren, acclaimed poet and distinguished faculty member at the University of Chicago, shared selections from her poetry and personal reminiscences as the guest artist for the 2016 Bettye Jolly Lecture, sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation, on March 21 in the Garden at the Eudora Welty House. Suzanne Marrs, Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence and emerita professor Read more »

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Natasha Trethewey Speaks at Millsaps Public Program, Teacher Workshop February 19; Katy Simpson Smith Joined Public Program

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey made a special appearance at Millsaps College on Friday, February 19, for Friday Forum, a public program, at in the Recital Hall of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. The nation’s Poet Laureate in 2012-14, Trethewey is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University and is currently Mississippi’s Read more »

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Marrs To Receive Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award, Nominated for Mystery Writers’ Edgar Award

Suzanne Marrs—Welty’s biographer and friend and a Welty scholar of note— will receive the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award, along with journalist Jerry Mitchell, from the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration on February 27 in Natchez, Mississippi. Eudora Welty received the first Richard Wright Award in 1994. The awards program is at 10:30 a.m. at the Natchez Read more »

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Sanderson Family, Hardin Foundation Support Welty Chair of Southern Literature at Millsaps

Efforts to endow the Eudora Welty Chair of Southern Literature at Millsaps College received a significant boost recently with two gifts of $500,000 each from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel, Mississippi, and the Phil Hardin Foundation. Their combined $1,000,000 is called the Sanderson-Hardin Challenge and will be used to stimulate other contributions to meet the $2.5 Read more »