How Tennessee Williams made New Orleans his home

New Orleans has a certain kind of appeal for the unfulfilled people of the world. Writers, painters and musicians alike have made the city their adopted home because the city breathes inspiration all over the place. It radiates this energy that can be both excitingly new and reassuringly familiar depending on what kind of inspiration one needs. The Tennessee Williams Festival embodies the spirit of creativity in the city by celebrating the birthday of Tom Williams who later changed his name to Tennessee to represent the birthplace of his father.

Williams moved to New Orleans at the age of 28 in 1939 and upon arriving, he was able to completely rebrand himself and reinvent his work. By soaking in the lifestyle of what he called, “The last frontier of the Bohemia,” the city became a constant heartbeat to support his writing. It was in New Orleans that he created some of the most important literary works of the American south. This all culminated in 1948 with his Pulitzer Prize winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Starting Wednesday March 21, 2018, the Tennessee Williams Festival aims to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary and musical programs. These programs help nurture and showcase both regional and national artists. The festival brings more than 130 professional authors, actors and musicians to the city for a five-day event, creating a total economic impact of 1 million dollars in the process. For more information on the festival, visit their website at