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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for March 28-April 3, 2003

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The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.

1909: Historian James Franklin Hopkins was born in Noxapater, Mississippi. (March 28)

1923: Adult education professor Curtis Ulmer was born in Rose Hill, Mississippi. (March 30)

1925: Writer Nathaniel Pace was born in Stone County, Mississippi. (April 1)

1928: Historian Irvine H. Anderson was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (March 29)

1932: Walker Percy’s mother was killed in an automobile accident. Percy was fifteen years old. (April 2)

1936: Eudora Welty’s exhibition of photographs appeared in New York’s Photographic Galleries. (March 31)

1937: Historian Ray Mathis was born in Sanford, Mississippi. (April 2)

1940: The Hamlet, by William Faulkner, was published by Random House. (April 1)

1940: Eudora Welty received word that she had been refused a Guggenheim Fellowship. In March 1942, she won one for $1200. (March 29)

1942: William Faulkner published “Two Soldiers” in the Saturday Evening Post. (March 28)

1944: Science writer Frank White was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. (April 3)

1944: Fiction writer Eugene R. Dattel was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. (March 31)

1945: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams opened in New York City at the Playhouse Theatre. It took 24 curtain calls and won the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for best play. (March 31)

1946: Historian Lee E. Williams II was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (April 2)

1947: English professor Beverly Taylor was born in Grenada, Mississippi. (March 30)

1949: Model and entrepreneur Naomi Sims was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (March 30)

1950: Novelist and screenwriter Rudy Wilson was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (March 29)

1950: Mystery writer Louisa Dixon was born in Stamford, Connecticut. (March 31)

1953: The Brooch, a teleplay written by William Faulkner, Ed Rice, and Richard McDonagh and based on Faulkner’s story, was broadcast on Lux Video Theatre. (April 2)

1961: William Faulkner arrived in Venezuela on a two-week State Department trip. (April 2)

1962: William Faulkner published “Hell Creek Crossing” in the Saturday Evening Post. (March 31)

1963: Novelist John Faulkner died in Oxford, Mississippi, and was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford. Because of disagreement over the spelling of his name, it is spelled “Falkner” on one side of the stone, “Faulkner” on the other, and “Fa(u)lkner” on the flat stone topping his grave. (March 28)

1965: Muna Lee died of lung cancer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, two months after retiring from her position in the U.S. State Department. (April 3)

1972: Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams opened at Truck and Warehouse Theatre in New York. The play ran for 200 performances as a commercial but not a critical success. (April 2)

1991: Speech professor and broadcaster Sara Lowrey died. (March 28)

1993: Writer Joseph Alexander died following a severe burn in a household fire in San Francisco, California. (April 1)

1999: Psychiatrist Garfield Tourney died in Jackson, Mississippi. (March 29)


Tenth Oxford Conference for the Book scheduled for April 10-13

March 31, 2003

Editor’s note: This article appears on the official conference web site.

OXFORD, Miss. — Since its inauguration in April 1993, the Oxford Conference for the Book has celebrated books, writing, and reading and has also dealt with practical concerns on which the literary arts and the humanities depend, including literacy, freedom of expression, and the book trade itself.

The 2003 conference, the tenth in the series, is dedicated to Stark Young (1881-1963), a distinguished writer and theatre critic from Mississippi. The April 10-13 program will include a lecture by John Pilkington and other presentations on Young’s life and art, dramatic readings from his writings, a screening of the film based on his popular novel So Red the Rose, and an exhibition at the University Library.

This year’s conference will begin on Thursday afternoon with Thacker Mountain Radio, a weekly radio program broadcast live on WOXD-FM in Oxford and rebroadcast on Public Radio in Mississippi. Appearing on this special conference edition of the radio show will be authors Percival Everett and Robert Stone. The program will continue through Sunday afternoon with addresses, panels, and readings.

Among the notable authors of fiction and nonfiction scheduled to read selections from their work and to respond to questions from the audience are Ace Atkins, Calvin Baker, Emily Bingham, Marshall Boswell, Percival Everett, Tom Franklin, Jere Hoar, Michael Mewshaw, Scott M. Morris, George Singleton, Robert Stone, and Shay Youngblood.

Barry Hannah will begin Friday morning's program as moderator for two sessions for writers and readers. Helene Atwan of Beacon Press, Beau Friedlander of Context Books, and Kathy Pories and Shannon Ravenel from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill will discuss the publishing business. Ted Ownby has invited authors Michael Mewshaw, Clifton Taulbert, and Lauren F. Winner to talk about memoirs. Kathryn McKee will moderate “Appalachian Voices,” a session with comments and readings by George Ella Lyon, Ron Rash, and Crystal Wilkinson. Constance Curry, Paul Henrickson, Winson Hudson, and Charles Marsh will discuss their books on the civil rights movement; Ethel Young-Minor will moderate. Elaine H. Scott, Claiborne Barksdale, and George Ella Lyon will discuss issues affecting readers and reading. David Galef and M.F.A. students from the University of Mississippi will offer two sessions.

The conference will celebrate American Poetry Month with readings by poets Beth Ann Fennelly, Blair Hobbs, Shara McCallum, and Ron Rash. George Ella Lyon, award-winning author of children’s books, poetry, and a novel for adults, will speak at the conference and, under sponsorship of the Junior Auxiliary of Oxford, visit local schools and take part in the Young Authors Fair at the Oxford-Lafayette County Library.

Conference sponsors include the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Department of English, Department of Journalism, John Davis Williams Library, McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College, John and Renée Grisham Visiting Writers Fund, Barksdale Reading Institute, Sarah Isom Center for Women, University Museums, Junior Auxiliary of Oxford, and Square Books. The conference is partially funded by the University of Mississippi and grants from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Tribal-State Compact Fund, and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

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April 10-13: Johnson Commons, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

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The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.

July 20-24, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. Information and registration forms available at

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