Literary Reunion at Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

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Northwood University's Prof. Harris attends Literary Festival
(L-R) Dr. Kenneth Holditch, Professor Emeritus UNO; Northwood University Professor Robert O. Harris, Jr. and former Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (Poet Laureate) William Jay Smith at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans

(L-R) Dr. Kenneth Holditch, Professor Emeritus UNO; Northwood University Professor Robert O. Harris, Jr. and former Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (Poet Laureate) William Jay Smith at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans

March 28, 2013

CEDAR HILL, Texas - Northwood University Professor Robert O. Harris, Jr., met with his literary collaborators Dr. Kenneth Holditch, Professor Emeritus UNO and former Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (Poet Laureate) William Jay Smith at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. Last year, the threesome published a previously unknown poem by Williams from the Harris library in the Southwest Review. Williams wrote the poem, “Advice to a Poet” before he changed his name to Tennessee, and it was signed Thomas Lanier Williams.

Mr. Smith, Professor Emeritus of English at Hollins University, met Williams at Washington University in 1935 and remained his life-long friend. His book, My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams was published last year.

Professor Holditch edited The Collected Plays of Tennessee Williams for the Library of America and spoke at the writer’s memorial service at the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans in 1983.

Professor Harris, Chair of the Arts and Sciences Division at the Texas campus of Northwood University, appears regularly before business, civic, and academic audiences on a variety of subjects including the joys of book collecting, mentoring, and the ways in which literature continues to enrich the human experience.

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