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The Eudora Welty Society's primary purpose is to promote and assist Eudora Welty studies through the organization of conferences and special meetings, and to foster scholarship and academic community among Welty scholars. All interested readers of Pulitzer Prize-winning Eudora Welty are encouraged to join.

Eudora Welty Conference

The international conference of the Eudora Welty Society, "'Everybody to their own visioning':  Eudora Welty in the 21st Century," was held April 4-7, 2013 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX; the program included a reading by novelist and short story writer Jill McCorkle (, a special presentation on "Welty at Home" from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and a performance of "A Fire in My Head," adapted from Welty's "Music from Spain" and directed by David Kaplan.

In Memoriam - Noel Polk

1943 - 2012

Noel Earl Polk, age 69, passed away peacefully at his home in Jackson on August 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Born in Picayune, Mississippi on February 23, 1943, Noel received his B.A. and M.A. from Mississippi College, and in 1970 he earned his PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Noel was an internationally recognized literary scholar and gifted professor. Regarded by many as the preeminent Faulkner scholar of his generation, he was a central figure in Faulkner and Welty studies for forty years.