A number of gracious foundations and businesses provide essential support for the conference, and our collegial departments at UM provide important resources and assistance.

Sponsors include the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Journalism, John Davis Williams Library, African American Studies Program, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, John and Renée Grisham Visiting Writers Fund, Barksdale Reading Institute, Sarah Isom Center for Women, School of Education, Junior Auxiliary of Oxford, Lafayette County-Oxford Public Library, Lafayette County Literacy Council, Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance, the Southern Literary Trail, and Square Books.

Past conferences have been funded by the following generous organizations: the University of Mississippi, the R&B Feder Foundation for the Beaux Arts, and grants from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow.