Sewanee Writers’ Conference begins 25th year

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Celebrating its 25th summer session, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference will run from Tuesday, July 22, through Saturday, August 2, and will feature readings, panels, and lectures by distinguished faculty and nationally recognized editors, publishers, and literary agents.

The Conference will begin with a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. All readings and lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the Mary Sue Cushman Room of the Bairnwick Women’s Center on the Sewanee campus. 

Claudia Emerson was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Late Wife: Poems. Emerson is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Donald Justice Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The following 11 days will feature readings by National Book Award winners John Casey and Alice McDermott, Pulitzer Prize finalist Christine Schutt, and Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award Winner Diane Johnson, among many others. Please see the full schedule here.

Editors from Algonquin Books, The American Scholar, Blackbird, Copper Canyon Press, Grove/Atlantic, Knopf, LSU Press, The Missouri Review, Northwestern University Press, The Oxford American, Poetry, and more will discuss publishing, as will agents from Aitken Alexander Associates, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Georges Borchardt Literary Agency, Folio Literary Management, McCormick & Williams, and Renée Zuckerbrot Literary Agency. 

Supported by the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund established through the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference offers instruction and criticism to writers through a series of workshops, readings, and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting.

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