Mississippi Writer's Room at the Eudora Welty Library – Jackson, Mississippi - Atlas Obscura

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Mississippi Writer's Room at the Eudora Welty Library

A glimpse into the state's vibrant literary culture along with inspiring stories from an inclusive author community. 


In the heart of Mississippi, nestled within the walls of the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, is an unexpected find—the Mississippi Writers Room.

Step into downtown Jackson’s private haven of literature and discover the Mississippi Writers Room. This inviting 900-square-foot space hosts an inspiring glimpse into one of America’s richest and most distinctive literary histories. By design, it is a refreshing discovery for authors, literary fans, and history buffs alike. From photographs of notable figures to booklet handouts featuring such writers as Elizabeth Spencer and Borden Deal, this room offers an interactive way for visitors to explore Mississippi’s contributions to literature. 

Presented as a home inside the library, the classic gable end roof has no shingles but opens overhead into the library. Enter the doors to view a display case and overview of the room. Four such displays allude to large windows allowing visitors to peek inside the lives of Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams. Everything from poetry and fiction to biographies and nonfiction is represented in this impressive space. A cozy home presents framed photographs of loved ones. Likewise, images and descriptions of notable authors line the outer walls.

Update as of March 2024: Closed indefinently. 

Know Before You Go

In downtown Jackson, Mississippi, less than two miles from the Eudora Welty House, the Eudora Welty Library is located at 300 North State Street. Librarians can explain the self-guided tour and direct guests toward the room

Visitors arriving at the Jackson airport will drive west on I-20 to I-55, use the Pearl Street exit (96-A), and turn right onto State Street heading north. The library is two blocks to the north, on your right, with ample parking in front of the building. Check the library website for hours. 

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