Celebrating the Pulitzer Prize Centennial in Louisiana


pulitzerwinner_twAwarded Pulitzer in 1947 and 1955

Feature story:The Room Must Evoke Some Ghost: Writing After Tennessee,” by Lisa D’Amour, Spring 2016 issue.

Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and co-artistic director of PearlDamour, an OBIE-award winning interdisciplinary performance company. Her play Detroit was a finalist for both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.


On Friday, April 1, 2016, Lisa D’Amour joined Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley, Williams scholar Thomas Keith, actor, director, and playwright Austin Pendleton, and moderator John Pope of The Times Picayune for a panel discussion at the Tennessee Williams Festival.


Awarded Pulitzer in 1997

Feature story: “Homegrown Privileges Vanish in Exile,” by Ibrahima Seck, Summer 2016 issue.

Dr. Ibrahima Seck is a member of the History Department of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal. He currently holds the position of the director of research of the Whitney Plantation Museum of Slavery, located in St. John the Baptist Parish. He is the author of Bouki fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860, published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2014.


On Saturday, August 6, 2016, the “Let Them Talk” symposium at the 2016 Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans hosts “Satchmo to Marsalis: How Louis Armstrong helped shape the musician Wynton Marsalis,” a panel discussion moderated by James Karst of The Times-Picayune.


Awarded Pulitzer in 1947, 1958, and 1979

Feature story: “Echoes of Inner Conflict: Revisiting Robert Penn Warren’s 1956 Segregation,” by Nathaniel Rich, Fall 2016 issue.

Nathaniel Rich is the author, most recently, of Odds Against Tomorrow. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.



On October 29, 2016, the LEH and the Louisiana Center for the Book at the Louisiana State Library presented a panel discussion on Robert Penn Warren at the 2016 Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. Dr. Gary Richards will moderate a conversation with LSU professor Dr. Alecia Long and Tim Morris and Julia O’Donoghue of The Times-Picayune.


Awarded Pulitzer in 1981

Feature story: “Ignatius in the New New Orleans,” by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Winter 2016 issue.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s work has appeared in “Unfathomable City: a New Orleans Atlas,” edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedecker, AGNI, Kenyon Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the winner of the Iowa Review Fiction Award, the So to Speak Journal Short Story Award and the William Faulkner Competition for Novel in Progress.


On December 8, 2016, the LEH debuted “An Ignatian Journey,” a digital map of A Confederacy Dunces and the life of John Kennedy Toole, produced in partnership with LSU Press. 



These articles were made possible by the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016. Announced by the Pulitzer Prize Board, the Campfires Initiative aims to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary, and artistic values the Prizes represent. The board partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils on the initiative and awarded more than $1.5 million to forty-six state humanities councils. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities received $34,000 to support articles in Louisiana Cultural Vistas and public programs around the state about Pulitzer winners with ties to Louisiana.


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