NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival returns for its 35th annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater, and the works of Tennessee Williams. Due to uncertainty about the pandemic and an abundance of caution for our attendees, speakers, and volunteers, the TWNOLF and Saints + Sinners Literary Festivals will be held online.

The 2021 Festival will offer two weekends of programming in March. A Writer’s Retreat weekend March 19-21 will include online writing workshops, author events, and a writing marathon. The following weekend, March 24-28, includes our annual Festival traditions, such as the Tennessee Williams tribute reading, Books and Beignets, music events, interviews, panel discussions, and online social events. Due to the digital format, the Festival is able to bring some unique experiences to our audience that normally wouldn’t be possible.

“Going virtual is not what we expected to do for 2021,” says Executive Director Paul J. Willis, “but we are excited about the online program and see this as an opportunity to share our Festivals with more people than ever.”

Saints + Sinners Literary Festival, an annual LGBTQ conference celebrating its 18th year, will occur online March 11-14, 2021. The virtual SASFest will include panels, workshops, readings, and social events. Visit for more details.

Founded in 1986, the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is perfect for readers, writers, theater lovers, and anyone who loves New Orleans’ magical culture. TWFest showcases regional, national, and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists, both acclaimed and emerging. A portion of the programming is devoted to the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered New Orleans his spiritual home. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TWFestNOLA.

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Literary Arts Emergency Fund. Major backing comes from the New Orleans Theatre Association, which supports performing arts throughout the Greater New Orleans area, along with support from The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans.