The goal of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing is to foster literary talent and achievement, to highlight the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing by providing educational and vocational opportunities in writing and publishing. We envision the Center as a vital part of the University’s commitment to the educational needs of its students and of the citizens of New Orleans, as articulated in Loyola’s Statement of Educational Purpose.
By naming the Center for Walker Percy, we honor the memory and literary contributions of this prominent American author, Catholic, and former Loyola faculty member. By establishing such a center and encouraging publication, we draw on and further the strengths of departments across campus, including English, communications, music, drama, and visual arts.
Walker Percy was a generous mentor and an advocate for aspiring writers throughout his life. His spirit lives on in the WPC's support of writers and scholars at Loyola and throughout the New Orleans-area community.
The WPC sponsors community creative writing workshops, a biannual conference, a reading series, symposia, community events, and a summer institute for high-school-aged writers. The Center's press publishes creative and academic writing, and offers student internships in editing and publishing.
The WPC is pleased to partner with the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy. For more information about the Boggs Center, contact executive director, Petrice Sams-Abiodun.
If you knew, or know someone who knew, Walker Percy, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact Rhoda Faust with your memories of Walker Percy.