Spring Literary Festival, May 9 – 11

The Department of English will be hosting the Spring Literary Festival, May 9-11 at Baker Center.  This year’s writers are Susan Orlean, Denise Duhamel, Amy Hempel, Richard Rodriguez and Terrance Hayes.  The writers will read from their work along with offering lecture sessions.  These offerings are on Wednesday evening at 7:30, Thursday between 11-1 and 7:30-9, Friday 11-1 and Friday evening 7:30-9. Everything is free.

Alden Library has many of their works in the collection with more to come.  Many of their works are already checked out, but don’t forget you can always request books from OhioLINK.  To get a taste of previous Literary Festival participants just search ALICE for spring literary festival participant to get an extensive list of books.  Writing genres include poetry, non-fiction, fiction and creative writing.

Denise Duhamel winner of an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she has been anthologized widely, including four volumes of The Best American Poetry (2000, 1998, 1994, and 1993). (poets.org)

Terrance Hayes has been a recipient of many honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. (poets.org)

Richard Rodriguez’s original ideas are further explored in his 2002 collection of essays entitled Brown: The Last Discovery of America, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. (wikipedia)

Susan Orlean is a staff writer for the New Yorker, and known widely for Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief (made into the film Adaptation).

Amy Hempel is the author of Tumble Home, Reasons to Live, and At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, and the coeditor of Unleashed. Her stories have appeared in Elle, GQ, Harper’s, Playboy, The Quarterly, and Vanity Fair. She teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Bennington College and lives in New York City. (Simon & Schuster)

This is a great opportunity to hear important writers of this generation read their works and give lecture sessions where the topics focus on the craft of writing.  Always inspirational, take some time and come give a listen.