Walker Percy

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We all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end soon. —David Carr

Write Now! Enrollment is now open for 2015 community non-credit creative writing classes. Check out our one-day Saturday workshops on January 31 and on February 7. Our spring session of nine-week classes begins the week of March 15. All classes capped at 12. Enroll now to get the class you want. For course descriptions, instructor bios, and enrollment forms, see the Loyola Writing Institute page.

R.I.P. Miller Williams (1930-2015)

The renowned poet passed away in Fayetteville, Arkansas yesterday, January 1. Miller Williams was on the faculty at Loyola in the late 1960s and founded the New Orleans Review.

2015 conference: CALL FOR PAPERS

The third biennial Walker Percy Conference will take place October 16-17, 2015. The conference will focus on Percy's 1966 novel The Last Gentleman, its literary, cultural, and philosophical themes, and its place in Southern and American Literature, but is open to the full spectrum of possible topics as they relate to Percy and his work, including but not limited to psychology, exile, place, travel, philosophy, semiotics, postmodernism, suicide, medicine, and religion. We welcome session proposals and individual paper abstracts addressing any topics relevant to Walker Percy and his work, particularly his novel, The Last Gentleman. The conference will be held in the Monroe Library at Loyola University in New Orleans. Click here to submit abstracts and session proposals. For more information, email wpconf@loyno.edu.


Submissions are now closed for the 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction! Winner will be announced this spring and will recieve $1000 and publication in New Orleans Review. This year's final judge is author Tim Parrish.

The Walker Percy Bibliography Project

We have completed the first stage of our ongoing project to compile a comprehensive bibliography of books by, about, and including Walker Percy. Books are listed alphabetically by author’s or editor’s last name. The list currently includes only English language books. (Click on "Go" in the top box to the right.) Let us know of any errors or omissions at wpc@loyno.edu.

Patrick Samway, S. J. Papers

The Samway Papers include a wide range of correspondence and other material related to Father Samway's interest in and research on Southern literature, with a focus on his biography of Walker Percy. Father Samway corresponded with a number of writers, scholars, and members of the Percy family. Father Samway has also donated a large collection of books by and about Southern authors that are housed in the Special Collections Room of the Monroe Library on Loyola's campus.


Photos of Walker Percy courtesy of Rhoda K. Faust

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