Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

Lit lovers unite from March 30-April 3 at the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. In honor of the beloved playwright who called New Orleans home, he made a local streetcar famous—even though it hasn’t operated for over 60 years. Still, for over 25 years this festival has celebrated his work and life. Numerous venues around the city celebrate, with speakers, festivities and contests.

The best playwrights and authors in the world gather, including Megan Abbott, Dorothy Allison, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, and Alys Arden. Local writers are also featured, bringing a touch of local flair to the event. Cash prizes of $1,500 are up for grabs in the categories of poetry, one-act plays and fiction.


Arguably Williams’ most famous play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” is given a generous nod with the “Stella!” shout contest. Head to the French Quarter where Stanley wannabes compete in full costume, yelling to the judges perched on the Pontalba Apartments balcony located on Jackson Square. Women are welcome, too.

From the various food events hosted by the city’s top chefs to some killer sales in bookstores around town, you don’t want to miss out. Tickets are available for master classes, panels and the festival opening. Reserve early, and rest easy knowing that your Garden District hotel is happy to let you rely on the kindness of strangers for recommendations.