Michael Pickard

Eudora Welty Chair of Southern Literature

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Eudora Welty Chair of Southern Literature,
Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing,
Chair of English

I am the Eudora Welty Chair of Southern Literature and associate professor of English and creative writing at Millsaps, where I also direct the Millsaps Digital Welty Lab. A recipient of the college’s 2022 Divisional Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Janet R. Langley Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, the W. Charles Sallis Award for Distinguished Service to the college, and of grants from the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Mississippi Arts Commission, I have also published articles in the fields of book history and British romanticism. My most recent work focused on Eudora Welty and includes essays in “The Eudora Welty Review;” a book chapter in Harriett Pollack and Jacob Agner’s collection, “Eudora Welty and Mystery;” and a digital edition of Welty’s story, “Powerhouse.” I am currently working with Suzanne Marrs on Eudora Welty and the House of Fiction, a book about Welty’s house and garden as a representation of her life and a lens through which to study her work. I am also co-editing a collection of essays on Mississippi foodways with Julian Rankin and Top Chef season 19 contestant Nick Wallace.


  • B.A., English, Millsaps College, 2004
  • Visiting Student, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 2002-2003
  • M.A., Creative Writing, Boston University, 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2015


  • Eudora Welty
  • British Romanticism
  • 19th-Century British Literature
  • Poetry
  • History of the Book
  • Textual Studies
  • Digital Humanities