Walker Percy


The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing is committed to fostering literary talent and achievement and to serving the writers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary literature by providing educational and vocational opportunities in writing and publishing. The Center is a vital part of the University’s commitment to the educational needs of its students and of the New Orleans community, as articulated in Loyola’s Statement of Educational Purpose, and draws on the strengths of departments across campus.


The WPC sponsors community creative writing workshops, a biannual conference, a reading series, symposia, community events, and a summer institute for high-school-aged writers.  The Center's press publishes creative and academic writing, and offers student internships in editing and publishing. 

The spirit of Walker Percy

Walker Percy was a generous mentor and an advocate for aspiring writers. His spirit lives on in the Center's mission to support writers and scholars throughout the New Orleans-area community. By naming the Center after him, we honor the memory and literary contributions of this prominent American author.

If you knew, or know someone who knew, Walker Percy, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact Rhoda Faust with your memories of Walker Percy.

Percy's typewriter

We are trying to identify the make and model of Mr. Percy's typewriter, shown above on his desk. Let us know if you can help us out.


The WPC is pleased to partner with the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy. For more information about the Boggs Center, contact executive director, Petrice Sams-Abiodun. 

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