The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing is committed to fostering literary talent and achievement and to serving the writers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary literature by providing educational and vocational opportunities in writing and publishing. The Center is a vital part of the University’s commitment to the educational needs of its students and of the New Orleans community, as articulated in Loyola’s Statement of Educational Purpose, and draws on the strengths of departments across campus.
The WPC has sponsored community creative writing workshops, two conferences, a film screening, a reading series, a summer high school writing program, and other community events. The Center's press has published creative and academic writing.
Walker Percy was a generous mentor and an advocate for aspiring writers. His spirit lives on in the Center's mission to support writers and scholars throughout the New Orleans-area community. By naming the Center after him, we honor the memory and literary contributions of this prominent American author, Catholic, and former Loyola faculty member.
The Walker Percy Center is privileged to partner with the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy and is grateful to the Boggs Center for donating office space to the Walker Percy Center. For more information about the Boggs Center, please contact executive director, Petrice Sams-Abiodun.