We are pleased to announce that three distinguished authors will be on campus April 4-5, 2024, for Agnes Scott College’s 53rd Annual Writers’ Festival, the oldest continuous literary event in Georgia.

Visiting writers for the Writers’ Festival this year are Beth Ann Fennelly, Sholeh Wolpé, and Leticia Urieta ‘09.

Join us!

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly is the author of three poetry collections, a book of non-fiction, a collection of micro-memoirs, and one novel co-authored with her husband. She was the poet laureate of Mississippi from 2016 to 2021. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, United States Artists, the Academy of American Poets, and the Illinois and Mississippi Arts Councils. During the Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival, she will be teaching the annual week-long writing workshop.

Photo Credit: Beth Ann Fennelly

Sholeh Wolpé

Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian poet, playwright, and translator. She has written six poetry collections and multiple plays, anthologies, and translated works. Her many awards include the 2014 PEN Heim translation grant, the 2013 Midwest Book Award, the 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, and artist fellowship and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Australia, and Switzerland. She is currently a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Irvine.

Photo Credit: Sholeh Wolpé, photo by Sophie Kandaouroff

Leticia Urieta ‘09

Leticia Urieta ‘09 is a Tejana author from Austin, Texas. She graduated from Agnes Scott College and went on to receive an MFA in Fiction from Texas State University. She works as the Regional Program Manager for Austin Bat Cave and is the director of Barrio Writers in Austin, a free college-level youth writers workshop founded by author and activist Sarah Rafael Garcia in Santa Ana, CA. Her writing has been published by PANK, Chicon Street Poets, and Lumina, and she has a mixed-genre collection of poetry and prose titled Las Crituras. Her poem “Pain Scale” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Photo Credit: Leticia Urieta