MIAL Awards Coahoma Community College-Sponsored Event, Tennessee Williams Festival

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MIAL Awards Coahoma Community College-Sponsored Event, Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has given the 2020 Special Achievement Award to the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, which has achieved a considerably long run. Panny Mayfield and Kenny Holditch birthed the idea of holding the event in 1992.

MIAL Awards Coahoma Community College-Sponsored Event, Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Fri Jul 3, 2020

Delta Williams Fest

This year, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters recognizes the annually-held Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival. The festival, which has achieved a considerably long run, is the 2020 recipient of the Special Achievement Award. The MIAL annually selects from the categories of classical music composition, fiction, non-fiction, youth literature, visual art, classical, photography, contemporary music composition, and poetry. 

The Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival is named for the wide-acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams. Held over the course of three days every October, it offers audience members entertainment with porch plays featuring student and professional actors and a literary conference on the Coahoma Community College campus.

Pioneers Panny Mayfield and New Orleans native Kenny Holditch organized the festival for 25 years before passing the torch to Jen Waller and Karen Kohlhaas. Mayfield and Holditch birthed the idea of holding the event in 1992.

The MIAL selects outstanding awardees in eight categories. 2020 winners chosen include Ann Abadie (The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award), Stacey Johnson (Visual Arts), Angie Thomas (Youth Literature), Fiction (Minrose Gwin), Poetry (C.T. Salazar), Will Jacks (Photography), Non-fiction (Margaret McMullen), Steve Rouse (Classical Music), and Bark, a husband-wife duo, won the contemporary music category for their album “Terminal Everything.”

Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier III in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1911. He is well-known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which was written in 1947. The Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival is sponsored by Coahoma Community College and supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Humanities Council, Visit Clarksdale, and Clarksdale Revitalization.

For more information on the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, visit https://deltawilliamsfestival.com/.