Welty Writers’ Symposium will be at MUW this week

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

COLUMBUS – Storms of all kinds – from hurricanes to emotional turmoil – will be the focus of this year’s Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium.

The event is set for Thursday through Saturday at Mississippi University for Women and is free.

“Southern Writers in the Eye of the Storm” is borrowed from Welty’s last novel, “Losing Battles,” and several of the writers at the symposium have written about storms.

Author Ellen Gilchrist will give the keynote address at the symposium.

“She has a collection of short fiction coming out in March of next year, and we’ll have one of those available in a new literary magazine that’s coming out in Mississippi called China Grove,” said Kendall Dunkelberg, an English professor who is over the symposium.

Authors such as Cary Holladay, Michael Farris Smith, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Holly Goddard Jones and L. Lamar Wilson will be at the symposium. Their books will be for sale, and there will be opportunities for readers to get their books signed.

“We’re excited about it. We have a lot of good writers, young writers, who are first-timers. A couple of people are coming back,” he said.

Welty scholar Stephen Fuller will present “Eudora Welty and Surrealism” on Saturday.

“He’s written a book on Welty and surrealism, and he makes a good case. I don’t think people think of Welty as a surrealist, but you can follow his argument. It fits in with her Southern gothic themes,” he said.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com