Tennessee Williams is one of the most venerated American writers, and New Orleans still holds a birthday party every year for the famed playwright of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and other unforgettable works. Celebrate with us from March 25-29, 2020, at the Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival.

What to Expect

Since 1986, the Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival has provided master classes, writing workshops, lectures, theater, and panel discussions with acclaimed authors. Attend a book fair, join a book club, see live music, go to a cocktail party, see a tribute performance of a Williams’ play, and take a walking tour of New Orleans. Hundreds of guests attend these fun and intellectually stimulating annual events.

Notable Events

On Thursday, March 26, the first full day of the festival, planned sessions include a writing marathon, several workshops, a poetry slam, and a Tennessee Williams tribute reading. Friday, March 27 will feature a discussion on Crescent City women writers and writer Colm Tóibín in conversation with NPR’s Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan. Saturday offers a conversation with death penalty reform advocate Sister Helen Prejean and an interview with screen legend Kathleen Turner. On Sunday, attend a drag brunch or step back in time with a panel about 1960s New Orleans.

Before or after enjoying the Tennessee Williams Festival, take an extra few days to see what New Orleans life is all about. Connect with the team at Joieful for custom tours and experiences for small and large groups alike. Call 504-207-4555 to speak with a local expert and get started today.