Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival

Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival

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The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is an annual five-day literary festival in the city of New Orleans. The Festival is dedicated to the Pulitzer-prize winning American playwright, Tennessee Williams. Ever year, it features several events related to the long career of that writer, as well as writing workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, stage performances, a book fair, music, writing contests, and other events related to American literature, poetry, drama, opera, film, photography, art, history, culture, and cooking. The signature event is the Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest that closes the Festival.

The festival in New Orleans is not related to the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi , which is held annually in October in the childhood hometown of Tennessee Williams.


Tennessee Williams was not native to New Orleans, but he lived in New Orleans French Quarter at several points in his adult life. Two of his major plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Vieux Carré, and several short stories were set in the historic French Quarter.

Williams died in 1983. Shortly thereafter, the city of New Orleans experienced an economic recession. Among the proposals to attract tourists back to the French Quarter and revitalize the local economy was the creation of a literary festival dedicated to Williams.

The first Tennessee Williams Festival was a two-day event...
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