Keynote Speaker: Dorothy Allison

December 28th to 31st, 2015 New Orleans

Festival Theme: The Politics and Power of Place and Space

Masquerade Ball Theme: Earth and Sea

Propose a panel, reading, or event


Sometimes, among writers, you feel this intense need to write. Like now. Like this moment. An urgency that catches you almost breathless. That’s what happening in New Orleans as I’m sitting poolside before the Hands On Literary Festival. Someone please give me a pen. My hands are shaking.

Ira Sukrungruang

The Hands On Festival is hands down the best literary festival for community and craft building. You will not find a more gracious, capable leader than Jeni Wallace. Her dedication and generosity of spirit makes her festival a place to find not just a writing community, but a writing family.

Merridith Allen