It is almost time for the Annual Alabama Writers Symposium, the literary event held in the literary capital of Alabama. The Alabama Writers Symposium was started by the Alabama Center for Literary Arts and is sponsored and hosted by Alabama Southern Community College. This year will be the 19th year that the event will be held. The dates are March 31st – April 1st. Each year there brings a new theme, and this year’s theme is The Elephant in the Room.
There are some familiar faces returning for this years Alabama Writers Symposium, along with a few new ones. They will be leading discussion sessions, and the Harper Lee and Eugene Current Garcia Winners will speak at their awards gala. The lineup includes:
- E.O. Wilson, the 2016 Harper Lee award winner
- Greg Neri, author of Tru and Nelle
- Kim Cross
- Wayne Flynt, author and historian
- Frye Gaillard, the 2016 Eugene Current-Garcia winner
- Nancy Anderson
- Chervis Isom
- William Cobb
- Kirk Curnutt
- Dan Puckett
- Ben Raines
- Marianne Moates, author of Truman Capote’s Southern Years
- Jennifer Horne
- Don Noble
- PowerLines Poetry
- Artisans from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
- Songwriter CJ Watson
What To Expect This Year:
If you’re an Alabama Writers Symposium veteran, you may notice that things are just a little bit different this year. For one thing, the event normally spans over three days but this year everything will take place over only two days. There is also a new lady in charge, ASCC librarian Alisha Linam. However, even though the time frame is a little shorter, there will still be plenty of authors and scholars to see, and plenty of discussions and sessions to attend. There will be sessions held on Thursday and Friday. There will be an Awards Gala honoring the Harper Lee and Eugene-Current Garcia award winners, E.O. Wilson and Frye Gaillard. E.O. Wilson will also be speaking at the awards gala. There will also be discussion sessions with the award winners, as well as a fish fry luncheon on Friday. For more information or questions, you can visit the ASCC website, www.ascc.edu, or you can call or email Alisha Linam at (251) 575-8271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your thoughts on the speakers? Have you heard of or read anything by any of them? Will you be attending this years symposium? We hope to see some of you there!