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

The conference is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Square Books, Southern Documentary Project, Southern Foodways Alliance, Living Blues, Lafayette County Literacy Council, Department of English, Department of History, J. D. Williams Library, Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, African American Studies Program, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, John and Renée Grisham Visiting Writers Fund, Junior Auxiliary of Oxford, Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance, and Southern Literary Trail.

The conference is partially funded by the University of Mississippi, a contribution from the R&B Feder Foundation for the Beaux Arts, grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Humanities Council, and promotional support from Visit Oxford.