The goal of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing is to foster literary talent and achievement, to highlight the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing by providing educational and vocational opportunities in writing and publishing. We envision the Center as a vital part of the University’s commitment to the educational needs of its students and of the citizens of New Orleans, as specified in Loyola’s Statement of Educational Purpose.
By naming the Center for Walker Percy, we honor the memory and contributions of this prominent American author, Catholic, and former Loyola faculty member. By establishing such a center and encouraging publication, we can draw on and further the strengths of several arts departments on campus, including English, communications, music, drama, and visual arts.
Walker Percy was a generous mentor and advocate for aspiring writers throughout his life. His spirit lives on in the WPC's support of writers and scholars at Loyola and in the larger New Orleans-area community.
The WPC sponsors a biannual conference on Walker Percy, a reading series, symposia, community creative writing workshops, and a summer institute for high-school-aged writers. The Center's press publishes creative and academic writing.
If you knew or know someone who knew Walker Percy, please contact Rhoda Faust.
The WPC is privileged to partner with the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy and is grateful to the Boggs Center for donating office space to the WPC. For more information about the Boggs Center, please contact executive director, Petrice Sams-Abiodun.