2024 festival

At the University of Mississippi, April 4-6, 2024

this year's program

Learn what's in store (and who's featured) this time at the University of Mississippi


Recording of 2023 Keynote Speaker Margaret Renkl

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Mississippi University for Women (MUW)

Mississippi University for Women provides high quality undergraduate and graduate education for women and men in a variety of liberal arts and professional programs while maintaining its historic commitment to academic and leadership development for women. Emphasizing a personalized learning experience, the University engages in a variety of instructional methodologies to provide educational opportunities in a diverse and inclusive environment. The institution promotes research, scholarship, and creativity to enhance student development and achievement as a platform for lifelong education and growth.

Mississippi University for Women was founded in 1884 as the first publicly chartered university in the nation for women. It welcomed men to its student body in 1982, and males now make up about 18 percent of total enrollment.

Total annual enrollment is 3,465 students, of which nearly 84 percent are from Mississippi.

The W’s three colleges are: the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education; the College of Business and Professional Studies; and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The campus covers more than 114 acres in the central historic district of Columbus, Miss. Twenty-three of more than 60 campus buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Committed to an outstanding environment for students, faculty and staff, The W continues to earn honors for service, affordability and quality.

U.S. News – No. 19 among public Southern regional universities, U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

Washington Monthly—No. 26 in national master’s public universities; No. 53 overall as a ‘Best Bang for the Buck’

Great Colleges to Work For—Great Colleges to Work For, 5th year in a row, 4 years on Honor Roll

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—5 consecutive years

RNtoBSN.org Best Hybrid Programs—No. 3 in the nation

Diverse Issues in Higher Education—No. 7 nationally awarding bachelor of science nursing degrees to African-Americans

1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701

Undergraduate Enrollment:

Available Undergraduate Programs in English:
Creative Writing

English w/ Teacher Certificate

English Department Faculty:
Todd Bunnell, Instructor of English, Coordinator of Composition and Director of Writing Center
Dr. Nora Corrigan, Professor of English
Dr. Shahara'Tova Dente, Assistant Professor of English & Women's Studies, Graduate Director of Women's Leadership
Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg, Professor of English, Department Chair, Director of Creative Writing
Robert Hinton, Instructor of English
Mr. Thomas K. Lee, Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing
Ms. Mary Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Allene Nichols, Assistant Professor of English & Women's Studies
Dr. Iheoma Nwachukwu, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Amy Pardo, Professor of English
Dr. Thomas Richardson, Eudora Welty Professor of English
Dr. Leslie Stratyner, Professor of English
Dr. Kim Whitehead, Professor of English and Religion; Director of Ina E. Gordy Honors College
Dr. Brandy Wilson, Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing