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The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, a nationally recognized non-profit arts organization, is a 501 (c) (3) literary and educational institution and, as such, grant donations, membership contributions, and contributions to our fundraisers are fully tax deductible. Important projects of the Faulkner Society are The Double Dealer literary journal; outreach programs for high school and college students; literacy projects for at-risk teenagers in cooperation with other organizations, including BIG READ projects funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; continuing education programs for writers and readers; and a year-round calendar of literary events—such as My New Orleans and Meet the Author, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans—which honor and assist writers and provide high quality literary entertainment for readers. Many of our programs are offered free to students and the reading public.

The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, the Society’s international literary talent search opens on January 1 and the deadline for entries this year was May 1.  We are in the final throes of judging and beginning to post our 2015 finalists.
Novella, Essay, and Poetry categories are now posted. To learn more, click on Competition.


The Faulkner Society works with other non-profits to present cultural offerings.  Our most recent co-ventures were free public concerts, presented in partnership with and to benefit the Bishop Perry Center, the exciting new mission for the disadvantaged and downtown cultural center. This partnership has included a series of Lenten concerts on Thursday evenings, followed by  an evening with rising opera stars Michael Spyres and Tara Stafford, and a Sunday afternoon of traditional jazz, all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the old Ursulines Convent. Additional concerts are in the works.


Our 2015 literacy initiative is a partnership with One Book, One New Orleans, an arm of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, and the Louisiana State Museum, to focus on a new non-fiction book by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities executive Brian Boyles. The partnership project was launched on July 22 at the historic Cabildo, site of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase, at Jackson Square in New Orleans. The partnership is titled:

One Hundred Days of One Book, One New Orleans,
A Season of Literacy and Community.

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Brian Boyles, 2015 One Book, One New Orleans honoree

It is a series of events and volunteer opportunities designed to foster a greater sense of community through a shared reading experience and to increase access to literacy resources throughout the Greater New Orleans community. The phrase One Hundred Days of One Book One New Orleans is inspired by the title of this year’s book selection, New Orleans Boom and Blackout: One Hundred Days in America’s Coolest Hot Spot by Boyles. At the launch Boyles gave a reading, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Nancy Dixon, author of the new N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature. The discussion and the book inspired personal introspection about the the topic on the minds of New Orleanians this year—the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “While many books are looking back at the past ten years, New Orleans Boom and Blackout looks forward,” says OBONO project leader Dr. Megan Holt. “It asks us to think about how we as New Orleanians see ourselves and how we want the world to see our city. It raises questions about whose voices are included when telling the story of New Orleans and encourages us to think critically about whose voices may be left out.



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William Faulkner by A. J. Kinney

Our most recent ticketed event was Juleps in June, the Faulkner Society’s annual overture to the summer social season and fundraiser, which took place on Friday evening, June 5, at the residence of Tia and Jimmy Roddy, Honorary Co-Chairs. The event was co-sponsored by One Book, One New Orleans, which provided volunteers for the event.

The event honored authors Patty Friedman, Nia Terezakis, and Brian Boyles and artist, A. J. “Joy” Kinney, who created and donated the 2015 portrait of William Faulkner, auctioned to benefit the Society. The painting depicts Mr. Faulkner in front of 624 Pirate’s Alley, where he lived when he was writing his first novel,
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Our next ticketed event will be Thursday, September 25, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!
The event will mark the 25th anniversary of the First Annual Meeting of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. Details of the event will be posted and invitations will go out shortly or you can e-mail us for details at Save the Date! The Society will celebrate its 25 years of services to readers and writers and the 2015 winners of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition will be announced then. They will be presented formally during Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, October 29-November 1.

Dates for Words & Music are earlier this year, Halloween weekend, always a fund time in New Orleans.  As a toast to Halloween, the theme of Words & Music this year is Out of This World: The Otherworldly in Literature & Life.  The 25th annual meeting of the Faulkner Society, Faulkner for All, will take place during the festival on Halloween night and competition winners will be formally presented then at a costume gala with guests to appear as literary figures, so be thinking about your costumes now! There will be special events on All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day (Day of the Dead) as well.


Projects of the Faulkner Society have a positive impact for some 6,500 persons annually. We urge you to support our programs by becoming a member. For a membership form, e-mail us at The Society’s most ambitious annual undertakings are:

  • William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition
  • Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans
  • Workshops, Master Classes, Manuscript Critiques for Developing Writers
  • Literacy Initiatives for Teenagers At-Risk for Illiteracy, Including BIG READ projects
  • The Double Dealer literary journal and Student Intern Program
  • Free Monthly Sessions of Meet the Author and My New Orleans Events for Dedicated Readers
  • Joint Ventures with other Non-Profits to Embellish the City’s Cultural Resources



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