Eudora Welty Review 2022:

Volume 14 of EWR has arrived. Included are Hunter McKelva Cole’s essay on Welty and Frank Lyell; Judy Butterfield’s article about Delta Wedding and As I Lay Dying, which won the 2022 Ruth Vande Kieft Prize; Michael Pickard’s examination of Welty’s digital future; Natasha Trethewey’s introductory remarks for the 2016 inaugural Eudora Welty Lecture; an interview with John Maxwell on Welty and Faulkner; an interview with Brenda Currin about her adaptation of “Moon Lake”; Notes about Camp Nakanawa, the Americana Award, a new anthology of ecofiction, introductions to Welty’s republished works, and the Welty at Home virtual book club; and regular features including Practical Matters and the Checklist of Scholarship. See full table of contents here.

 

 

 

Announcements:

The Eudora Welty Review offers a research grant of up to $2000 to a scholar interested in conducting research on Eudora Welty, her writings, photographs, travels, cultural milieu, friends, or publishers at any archive. Applicants may be graduate students, independent scholars, college or university faculty at any level. Applicants might consider research at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, J.D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi, the University of Wisconsin, New York Public Library, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University (Hubert Creekmore), Wilson Library at UNC (Elizabeth Spencer), Duke University Libraries (Reynolds Price), or any other archive that may benefit the applicant’s Welty research. To apply, send a one-page letter describing your research project and a budget of how you would use the funds to EWR editor Pearl McHaney at pmchaney@gsu.edu by December 31, 2022. Decisions will be made by January 31, 2023. Funds may be used from February 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024. The recipient of the Eudora Welty Review Research Grant will coordinate with EWR to present a brief report or presentation of research.

The Eudora Welty Review mourns the horrific attack on writer Salman Rushdie. Rushdie gave the inaugural Eudora Welty Lecture in Washington D.C. on October 20, 2016. In his introduction, he related how he met Welty in 1982 in London, having just reviewed the UK publication of Losing Battles, which he found “hilarious” and “brilliant.” He expected to meet a “little, old, provincial lady from the South,” and was so astonished by the “tall, sophisticated” storyteller, that only at the end did he ask her about her writing life. In querying her about whether she felt “close” to Faulkner, she answered, “Oh no, I’m from Jackson; he’s from Oxford.” We wish the hilarious and brilliant Rushdie all the best as he recovers.