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Collection Overview

Title: Old Dominion University Literary Festival Collection, 1977-2015

Collection Identifier: RG 17-3A1

ID: 17/RG 17-3A1

Primary Creator: Old Dominion University. Department of English

Extent: 7.6 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is sorted first by media type (i.e., printed materials, original video recordings, and digitized video) and then chronologically by year, date, and time.

Subjects: Creative writing, Festivals in literature, Old Dominion University--Dept. of English, Old Dominon University. Library, Writing

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains material from the Poetry Jam and first Literary Festival in 1978 and chronicles the annual Literary Festival onwards to the present day. Additional material is added yearly. Materials consist of original and digitized brochures, flyers, and promotional documents; schedules; news clippings; photos; and original and digitized video, as available.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains material from the Poetry Jam and first Literary Festival in 1978 and chronicles the annual Literary Festival onwards to the present day. Additional material is added yearly. Materials consist of original and digitized brochures, flyers, and promotional documents; schedules; news clippings; photos; and original and digitized video, as available.

Collection Historical Note

In April 1978, the English Department held a Poetry Jam, featuring Richard Wilbur, W. D. Snodgrass, and Dave Smith. The success of the Poetry Jam andthe recent explosion of community interest in the literary, visual, and performing artsin Hampton Roads, led to the First Annual Literary Festival. It was called The Arts Reunion,and it coincided with the arrival of the Associated Writing Programs' national headquarters, the birth of ODU's creative writing program, and the establishment of a Distinguished Visiting Writer position (W. D. Snodgrass was our first). It was a heady time.

The enthusiasm has continued, sustained by ever-increasing university and community support. Each October the Hampton Roads, as well as the University, calendar reminds us that for about a week our area will be home to such writers as Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, John McPhee, William Styron, Ann Beattie, Charles Johnson, Derek Walcott, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

The diversity of readers, panels, workshops, and community involvement is one of the Festival hallmarks. Every two years the Festival is redesigned by a different English department member. The themes change from year to year. Major writers, cultural diversity, international perspectives, and numerous other approaches have surprised increasingly sophisticated audiences.

Over the years, students from Old Dominion University, surrounding campuses, and high schools have been encouraged to attend the literary events. Few, around the country, have an opportunity to hear and mingle with so many major and aspiring writers. Since Hampton Roads is areader friendlyenvironment, the Festival has consistently attracted patrons of bookstores, libraries, museums, and arts events.

Many of the events have been recorded. Brochures and posters (provided by the University Publications Department), news articles, interviews, and reviews are now housed in the University Archives of the University's Perry Library. Future material will also be collected there.

Because of the importance of this annual event to the university and the community, the Library and English Department have collaborated to preserve and exhibit Festival materials through the Literary Festival Digital Project.

-- Phil Raisor (English Department) and Karen Vaughan (Library)

Chronology:

Poetry Jam, April 1978

First Annual Arts Reunion, September 25-29, 1978

Second Annual Literary Festival, October 1-4, 1979

Third Annual Literary Festival, September 29 - October 1, 1980

Fourth Annual Literary Festival, October 5-8, 1981

Fifth Annual Literary Festival, October 4-7, 1982

Sixth Annual Literary Festival, October 3-6, 1983

Seventh Annual Literary Festival, October 1-4, 1984

Eighth Annual Literary Festival, October 7-10, 1985

Ninth Annual Literary Festival, October 6-9, 1986

Tenth Annual Literary Festival, October 4-8, 1987

Eleventh Annual Literary Festival, October 3-6, 1988

Twelfth Annual Literary Festival, October 2-5, 1989

Thirteenth Annual Literary Festival: City of Words,October 2-4, 1990

Fourteenth Annual Literary Festival: Between the Lines. Fact or Fiction.October 8-10, 1991

Fifteenth Annual Literary Festival: Words at Play,October 4-8, 1992

Sixteenth Annual Literary Festival, October 4-7, 1993

Seventeenth Annual Literary Festival: Cultural Equities,October 3-6, 1994

Eighteenth Annual Literary Festival: World Voice,October 3-5, 1995

Nineteenth Annual Literary Festival: Forbidden Passage,October 10-15, 1996

Twentieth Annual Literary Festival: Fierce Minds at Work,October 14-17, 1997

Twenty-first Annual Literary Festival: Electric Voice. Coming of Age, October 6-9, 1998

Twenty-second Annual Literary Festival: The Spirit of the Word, October 11-15, 1999

Twenty-third Annual Literary Festival: A New World, October 2-6, 2000

Twenty-fourth Annual Literary Festival: Magic, Vision, & Transformation, October 1-5, 2001

Twenty-fifth Annual Literary Festival: The Creative Moment, September 30 - October 5, 2002

Twenty-sixth Annual Literary Festival: Sounds that Mean, September 29-October 3, 2003

Twenty-seventh Annual Literary Festival: Creative Migrations, October 4-8, 2004

Twenty-eighth Annual Literary Festival: Crossings, October 3-7, 2005

Twenty-ninth Annual Literary Festival: Colonial Encounters, October 16-20, 2006

Thirtieth Annual Literary Festival: Tradition and the Individual Voice, October 1-4, 2007

Thirty-first Annual Literary Festival: The Call of Stories, September 23-26, 2008

Thirty-second Annual Literary Festival: Writers in Peace and War, October 6-9, 2009

Thirty-third Annual Literary Festival: Hard Times in America, October 4-8, 2010

Thirty-fourth Annual Literary Festival: The Lie that Tells the Truth, October 3-7, 2011

Thirty-fifth Annual Literary Festival: Words With Teeth, September 30-October 5, 2012

Thirty-sixth Annual Literary Festival: Migrations, October 7-11, 2013

Thirty-seventh Annual Literary Festival: The Hungry Heart is Telling You, October 6-10, 2014

Subject/Index Terms

Creative writing
Festivals in literature
Old Dominion University--Dept. of English
Old Dominon University. Library
Writing

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Materials are donated annually by the ODU Literary Festival committee and the ODU English Department.

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 box, 1 Hollinger flip-top box, 1 Hollinger VHS-C box, 6 Hollinger VHS boxes, 7 Hollinger CD boxes

Access Restrictions: The materials in the literary festival collection are available for use in research, teaching, and private study. For these purposes, you may link to or use materials from the Literary Festival website without prior permission, on the condition that you provide a citation to the original source (Old Dominion University Libraries, Annual Literary Festival Web site: http://www.lib.odu.edu/litfest/).

Use Restrictions: The materials may not be altered or amended in any way. If you wish to use these materials for anything other than "fair use", we require that you contact the University Librarian in advance.

Acquisition Source: Original materials were donated by Philip Raisor

Acquisition Method: Additional materials were donated by James McNally, Michael Pearson, Tim Seibles, and other members of the ODU English Department.

Related Materials:

For more information about the Literary Festival, please visit the Annual Literary Festival website which contains digitized video, schedules, and additional information on Literary Festival speakers and directors.

Literary Festival display materials from a University Library display may be also found in the Library Exhibit Archives in the Perry Library Special Collections.

For more information please see http://www.lib.odu.edu/litfest/.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Old Dominion University Literary Festival, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Brochures, Clippings, and Memorabilia, 1977-],
[Series II: Video Tapes, 1978-2002],
[Series III: Digitized Video, 1978-2003],
[All]

Series II: Video Tapes, 1978-2002
Sub-Series A: 3/4 inch U-Matic Videocassettes, 1978
The original video from the 1st Annual Arts Reunion in 1978 was recorded on 3/4-inch U-Matic videocassettes. This sub-series is comprised of 10 of these tapes that have also been transferred to VHS tapes.
Box 3
Item 1: Anthony Hecht. Reading., 7:30 pm 25 September 1978
Item 2: The Woman's Voice. Nancy Bazin, Linda Mizejewski, and Debra Bruce, 12:30 pm 26 September 1978
Item 3: Translation Performance. Stelan Grunwald, Regula Meier, Abbot Sacks, Benjamin Clymer, 12:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 4: Readings by W. D. Snodgrass. And The Fuhrer Banker staged by Paul Dicklin. Part 1, 8:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 5: Readings by W. D. Snodgrass. And The Fuhrer Banker staged by Paul Dicklin. Part 1 (repair tape), 8:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 6: Readings by W. D. Snodgrass. And The Fuhrer Banker staged by Paul Dicklin. Part 2, 8:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 7: AWP Reading: Marvin Bell, Ellen Voigt, David Madden, 8:00 pm 28 September 1978
Item 8: Jazz/Poetry Performance. Martin Pachey Quartet, 12:00 pm 29 September 1978
Item 9: The Final Reunion, Now and Then AWP Reading: Daniel Halpern, Charles Wright and Intermission. Part 1, 7:30 pm 29 September 1978
Item 10: The Final Reunion, Now and Then AWP Reading: Daniel Halpern, Charles Wright and Intermission. Part 2, 7:30 pm 29 September 1978
Sub-Series B: VHS-C Tapes, 2000-2003
The 23rd, 24th, and 26th Annual Literary Festivals were recorded in full or in part on VHS-C tapes. This sub-series may be appended, should future festivals be recorded in this format.
Box 4
Subgroup 1: 23rd Annual Literary Festival, 2000
Item 1: MFA Faculty Reading. Luisa Igloria, Michael Pearson, Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds, Tim Seibles, and Gary Short, 4:00 pm 6 October 2000
Subgroup 2: 24th Annual Literary Festival, 2001
Item 1: Roberly Bell. "Literary Festival Preview. September 30, 2001. 2:30pm. And Terry Perrel, Temple West, and Tom Yuill Graduates of ODU's MFA program. October 1, 2001. 4pm., 2:30 pm 30 September 2001 and 4:00 pm 1 October 2001
Item 2: Roseann Runte, 8:00 pm 1 October 2001
Item 3: Agymah Kamau. October 2, 2001. 2pm. And Tom Yuill continued from October 1, 2001. 4pm., 2:00 pm 2 October 2001 and 4:00 pm 1 October 2001
Item 4: Sheryl St. Germain, 4:00 pm 2 October 2001
Item 5: Eugene Gloria, 4:00 pm 3 October 2001
Item 6: Joseph Skibell, 4:00 pm 4 October 2001
Item 7: Greg Bottoms, 2:00 pm 5 October 2001
Item 8: Karen McElmurray, 4:00 pm 5 October 2001
Subgroup 3: Annual Literary Festival, 2003
Item 1: Rhoda Stamell, 2:00 pm 30 September 2003
Item 2: Jamie Callan, 8:00 pm 30 September 2003
Item 3: Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, 12:00 pm 1 October 2003
Item 4: Rick Skwiot, 10:00 pm 2 October 2003
Item 5: Marilyn Chin, 11:00 pm 3 October 2003
Item 6: Peter Meinke, 3:00 pm 3 October 2003
Sub-Series C: VHS Tapes, 1978-2002
Video from many of the Literary Festivals has been recorded in VHS format - either originally or the video has been migrated to this media format. There are notable gaps as not all Festivals were recorded; not all speakers were recorded for Festivals that were video taped; and some years were recorded using a different media type and not VHS. This sub-series may be appended, should future festivals be recorded in this format.
Box 5
Subgroup 1: 1st Annual Arts Reunion, 1978
Item 1: Anthony Hecht. Reading, 7:30 pm 25 September 1978
Item 2: The Woman's Voice. Nancy Bazin, Linda Mizejewski, and Debra Bruce, 12:30 pm 26 September 1978
Item 3: Translation Performance. Stelan Grunwald, Regula Meier, Abbot Sax, and Benjamin Clymer, 12:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 4: Readings by W.D. Snodgrass. And The Fuhrer Banker staged by Paul Dicklin. Part 1, 8:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 5: Readings by W.D. Snodgrass. And The Fuhrer Banker staged by Paul Dicklin. Part 1 -- repair tape, 8:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 6: Readings by W.D. Snodgrass. And The Fuhrer Banker staged by Paul Dicklin. Part 2, 8:00 pm 27 September 1978
Item 7: AWP Reading: Marvin Bell, Ellen Voigt, David Madden, 8:00 pm 28 September 1978
Item 8: Jazz/Poetry Performance. Martin Pachey Quartet, 12:00 pm 29 September 1978
Item 9: The Final Reunion, Now and Then AWP Reading: Daniel Halpern, Charles Wright and Intermission. Part 1, 7:30 pm 29 September 1978
Item 10: The Final Reunion, Now and Then AWP Reading: Daniel Halpern, Charles Wright and Intermission. Part 2, 7:30 pm 29 September 1978
Subgroup 2: 15th Annual Literary Festival, 1992
Item 1: Who All Killed Cock Robin? A play by William Patrick. Adapted by W.D. Snodgrass and DeLoss McGraw, 7:30 pm 4 October 1992
Item 2: Words at Play: A Panel Performance on Childhood and Literature. Jean Fritz, Jay O'Callahan, W.D. Snodgrass, Fred Chappell, and Kathryn Morton, 6:00 am 6 October 1992
Box 6
Subgroup 2: 15th Annual Literary Festival, 1992
Item 3: A Staged Reading of Reverse Thunder: A Dramatic Poem by Diane Ackerman. And Paul West: Fiction Reading from The women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper, 7:30 pm 6 October 1992
Item 4: W.D. Snodgrass & Kathy Snodgrass: Poetry Reading and Slideshow from W.D.'s Midnight Carnival. And Jay O'Callahan: The Art of Storytelling, 11:00 am 7 October 1992
Item 5: Charles Johnson: Fiction Reading. And John Toomey: Original Jazz Performance, 7:30 pm 8 October 1992
Subgroup 3: 18th Annual Literary Festival, 1995
Item 1: Intro by M. Evelina Galang. Synthesis Motion Theater. Fiction Reading by Fiona Cheong. October 3, 1995. 11am. And Poetry Reading by Quraysh Ali. October 3, 1995. 1pm., 11:00 am 3 October 1995 and 1:00 pm 3 October 1995
Item 2: Panel Discussion: When Political Struggle in Literature Stops Being Literature. Dana Heller, Agha Shahid Ali, Quraysh Ali, Eavan Boland, 3:00 pm 3 October 1995
Item 3: Melody Ruffin Ward and Elbert Watson: Dance: Hymn for the Fainthearted. October 3, 1995. 7:45pm. Poetry Reading by Eavan Boland. October 3, 1995. 8pm. Poetry Reading by Tim Seibles. October 4, 1995. 11am., 7:45 pm 3 October 1995, 8:00 pm 3 October 1995, and 11:00 am 4 October 1995
Item 4: Poetry Reading by Agha Shahid Ali. October 4, 1995. 3pm. Music: Agnes Fuller Song to the Moon. October 4, 1995. 7:45pm. Fiction Reading by Ninotchka Rosca. October 4, 1995. 8pm, 3:00 pm 3 October 1995, 7:45 pm 4 October 1995, and 8:00 pm 4 October 1995
Item 5: Poetry Reading by Mary Crow. October 5, 1995. 11am. Silencing of Women: Direct and Indirect Censorship, Ninotchka Rosca. October 5, 1995. 3pm, 11:00 am 5 October 1995 and 3:00 pm 5 October 1995
Item 6: Welcoming and Thanks by M. Evelina Galang. Illocano Dance Troupe. October 5, 1995. 7:45pm. Fiction Reading by Ariel Dorfman. October 5, 1995. 8pm, 7:45 pm 5 October 1995 and 8:00 pm 5 October 1995
Subgroup 4: 20th Annual Literary Festival, 1997
Item 1: Cornelius Eady. Poetry, 10:00 am 14 October 1997
Item 2: Panel Discussion: The Inner Mounting Flame: Self, Culture, and Witness. Cornelius Eady and Joy Harjo, 1:30 pm 14 October 1997
Item 3: Melissa Fay Greene. Non-Fiction, 3:00 pm 14 October 1997
Box 7
Subgroup 4: 20th Annual Literary Festival, 1997
Item 4: Mike D'Orso: Journalism and Non-fiction. 10am. And Poetry Reading by Liz Waldner. October 15, 1997. 2pm, 10:00 am 15 October 1997 and 2:00 pm 15 October 1997
Item 5: Panel Discussion: What Kind of Fire: Three Genres, Three Truths? Liz Waldner, Reginald McKnight, and Melissa Fay Greene. October 15, 1997. 3:30pm. And Fiction Reading by Reginald McKnight. October 15, 1997. 7:30pm, 3:30 pm 15 October 1997 and 7:30 pm 15 October 1997
Item 6: A Conversation with Martin Espada: Race, Culture, Rage and Compassion, 2:00 pm 16 October 1997
Item 7: Martin Espada. Poetry Reading. October 16, 1997. 8pm. And Poetry Reading by Marita Golden. October 17, 1997. 10am, 8:00 pm 16 October 1997 and 10:00 am 17 October 1997
Item 8: Fiction by Richard Hell. October 17, 1997. 2pm. And Panel Discussion Friction: The Rub Between Fiction and Non-Fiction. Richard Hell, Gay Talese, Mike D'Orso, Louise Redd. October 17, 1997. 3:30pm, 2:00 pm 17 October 1997 and 3:30 pm 17 October 1997
Item 9: Gay Telese. Recital, 8:00 pm 17 October 1997 and 3:30 pm 17 October 1997
Subgroup 5: 21st Annual Literary Festival, 1998
Item 1: Tony Grooms. Fiction and Poetry. October 6, 1998. 2pm. And Jane Bernstein. Non-fiction. October 6, 1998. 3:30pm, 2:00 pm 6 October 1998 and 3:30 pm 6 October 1998
Item 2: Robert Pinsky, 8:00 pm 6 October 1998
Item 3: Jacqueline Woodson. Fiction, 10:00 am 7 October 1998
Item 4: Jack Myers. Poetry. October 7, 1998. 2pm. And Panel Discussion Saying What You Mean: The Art of Honesty. Jack Myers and Jacqueline Woodson. October 7, 1998. 3:30pm, 2:00 pm 7 October 1998 and 3:30 pm 7 October 1998
Item 5: Nicole Brossard. Poetry, Fiction, and Non-fiction, 8:00 pm 7 October 1998
Item 6: Scott Cairns. Poetry. And Open Mike., 10:00 am 8 October 1998
Box 8
Subgroup 5: 21st Annual Literary Festival, 1998
Item 7: Tony Hoagland. Poetry. October 8, 1998. 2pm. And Panel Discussion A New Dialogue: Asian and Asian-American Writers in America. Li-Young Lee and Maria Luisa Carino. October 8, 1998. 3:30pm, 2:00 pm 8 October 1998 and 3:30 pm 8 October 1998
Item 8: Li-Young Lee. Poetry, 8:00 pm 8 October 1998
Item 9: Panel Discussion Who Do You Believe? Three Genres, Three Takes? Tony Hoagland, Sena Naslund, and Michael Pearson, 10:00 am 9 October 1998
Item 10: Sena Naslund. Fiction, 2:00 pm 9 October 1998
Item 11: John McPhee. Non-fiction, 8:00 pm 9 October 1998
Subgroup 6: 22nd Annual Literary Festival, 1999
Item 1: Rita Dove Final Event (with Philip Raisor, Mike Pearson, Gary Short). Transcribed March 1, 2000, 8:00 pm 15 October 1999
Subgroup 7: 23rd Annual Literary Festival, 2000
Item 1: Tim O'Brien, 8:00 pm 3 October 2000
Item 2: MFA Faculty Reading. Luisa Igloria, Michael Pearson, Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds, Tim Seibles, and Gary Short, 4:00 pm 6 October 2000
Subgroup 8: 24th Annual Literary Festival, 2001
Item 1: Holly Hughes, 8:00 pm 2 October 2001
Item 2: Margorie Agosin, 8:00 pm 2 October 2001
Item 3: Dorothy Allison, 8:00 pm 5 October 2001
Box 9
Subgroup 9: 25th Annual Literary Festival, 2002
Item 1: The Breathing Word: Promotional Video for the Annual Literary Festival 2002, August 2002
Item 2: Writing Women's Voices. Debra Bruce and Lenore Hart, 2:00 pm 30 September 2002
Item 3: The Round Square: Readings in a Fluid Box. Luisa Igloria, Michael Pearson, Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds, Tim Seibles, and Brian Silberman, 8:00 pm 30 September 2002
Item 4: Poem as Community, Community as Poem. Universes - Gamel Abdel Chasten, Lemon, Flaco Navaja, Steven Sapp, and Mildred Ruiz, 12:30 pm 1 October 2002
Item 5: Readings Across the Color Lines. Wanda Coleman and Gregory H. Williams, 8:00 pm 1 October 2002
Item 6: Creative Non-fiction. The Prismatic Genre. David Fenza, Philip Gerard, and Valerie Miner, 11:00 am 2 October 2002
Item 7: An Association of Readers. Allison Joseph, Pablo Medina, and Mark Winegardner, 2:00 pm 2 October 2002
Item 8: An Evening of Translation and Performance. W.D. Snodgrass, Steve Kelley, Frederick Lubich, Marilyn Marloff, Agnes Mobley-Wynne, Peter Schulman, and Lee Teply, 8:00 pm 2 October 2002
Item 9: Re-reading the Literary Festival. Evelina Galang, William B. Patrick, Peggy Shumaker, and Wayne Ude, 11:00 am 3 October 2002
Item 10: Forging the Individual Mind. Mark Doty, 2:00 pm 3 October 2002
Item 11: President's Lecture Series. Susan Sontag, 8:00 pm 3 October 2002
Item 12: Given that the Painter is a Poet, the Poet a Painter. Mark Doty, W.D. Snodgrass, Donald Roller Wilson, and Linda McGreevy, 11:00 am 4 October 2002
Item 13: Reinventing Nature. Barbara Hurd, Robert Richardson, Marjorie Sandor, and Tom Robotham, 2:00 pm 4 October 2002
Box 10
Subgroup 9: 25th Annual Literary Festival, 2002
Item 14: Virginia Deep in the Bones. R.H.W. Dillard, George Garrett, Henry Taylor, and Ellen Bryant Voigt, 8:00 pm 4 October 2002
Item 15: A Final Celebration. Stephen Dunn, 8:00 pm 5 October 2002

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