Greenville boasts “more published writers per capita” than any other town in the nation. Shelby Foote, historian, novelist and narrator/writer of PBS’s widely acclaimed Civil War series was born in Greenville. Poet and biographer William Alexander Percy, novelists Walker Percy, Ellen Douglas and Beverly Lowry and PBS commentator Hodding Carter III also grew up in Greenville. William Faulkner was a frequent visitor (and occasional resident) when another Greenville author, Ben Wasson, served as the Nobel Prize winner’s literary agent. Hodding Carter won the Pulitzer Prize as Editor of Greenville’s Delta Democrat Times. Bern Keating is Greenville’s most prolific penman with more than two dozen books and hundreds of articles in publications ranging from National Geographic to Playboy.
The purpose of this Literary Arts in the Delta Festival is to create a regional literary destination for Greenville, Washington County and the Mississippi Delta Region that will give everyone an opportunity to experience and engage in a culturally rich free space for literature, literacy, reading, writing and published works that is highly curated and educational. Artists will offer insights on their foray into the literary arts, share their published works through discussions, workshops, exhibits, films, television, writing and book signings.
A Young Authors Writing Competition will showcase 8th and 9th grade students’ literary talents and give youth an outlet for creative expression.