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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Our Board
Southern Literary Festival Cochairs Christian Anton Gerard and Jennifer Wachtel Kates
Board Co-Chairs Christian Anton Gerard and Jennifer Wachtel Kates

AY 2023–2024

Co-Executive Directors:
Christian Anton Gerard (UASF)
Jennifer Wachtel Kates (MTSU)

Beth Spencer (UMiss)

Vice President:
Connor Fisher (BMC)

Past President:
Jennifer Wachtel Kates (MTSU)

Chris Hill (UTM)

Chris Hill (UTM)

Blue Mountain University Liaison:
Nancy Kerns (BMC)

Erin Hoover (TTU)

Social Media:
Maia Elgin Wegmann (DSU)

Grants and Funding Officer:
Karen Golightly (CBU)

Members at Large:
Ezekiel Black (UNG)
T. K. Lee (MUW)
C. T. Salazar (DSU)
Theodore Pelton (TTU)

About Board Terms:
The offices of President and VP change according to who is hosting each year. Any other changes take place at our annual meeting at the Festival event in April.