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Ten poets, novelists, short-story writers and non-fiction writers from across the country will present readings from their works during Old Dominion's 10th Annual literary Festival, Oct. 4-8.

Pulitzer Prize-winners Donald Barthelme (fiction) and Maxine Kumin (poetry) will be among the writers reading in this year's expanded festival, which features an extra day of readings and two additional writers.

A fund-raising reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell will be given at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Tickets for the reading, which will be in the Mills Godwin Building auditorium, are $10 and are available in the English department office and at J.M. Prince Books Ltd. in Norfolk's Selden Arcade.

The money raised from Kinnell's reading will allow free admission to everyone who attends the Literary Festival. Daytime readings will be given in the Newport News Room of Webb Center. Evening readings will be in the Godwin auditorium. Receptions will follow the evening readings.

For more information about Galway's reading or the festival, call 440-4949.


Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme will open the festival with a reading from new and published work at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. He will give a talk titled "Not Knowing" at 11 am. Monday, Oct. 5.

Barthelme has published over 12 book-length collections of fiction and won many major honors, including the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Barthelme is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The author of "Come Back, Dr. Caligari," "City Life," and "Overnight to Many Distant Cities," Barthelme divides his time between New York and Texas, where he teaches at the University of Houston.

Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich will talk about "Post-nuclear Fiction" at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. She will read from her new and published work at 8 that evening.

Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, ND., near the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, where her grandfather was tribal chairman. Her novel, "Love Medicine," won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters prize for best fiction.

In her newest work, "The Beet Queen," Erdrich lets one character talk, then another, then a third. Leaps in time and in perception allow the reader intimate access to each character's dreams, expectations and losses. The reader sees Erdrich's characters when they are old and vibrantly alive, frank, funny and outrageous.

Erdrich lives in New Hampshire with her husband/collaborator, Michael Dorris, and their five children.


Alf J. Mapp Jr.

Alf J. Mapp Jr., eminent professor of English at Old Dominion, will discuss his book, "Thomas Jefferson: A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity," at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Mapp wrote the book after poring over thousands of papers written to and by Jefferson. The book, published early this year, sold out its first printing in 12 days.

The book was a featured selection of The Book of the Month Club, has been published in 11 countries and could be a contender for a Pulitzer Prize.

A Portsmouth native and a graduate of Old Dominion when it was the Norfolk Division of William and Mary, Mapp has taught at the university since 1961. He was recently awarded the Great Citizen of Hampton Roads Award.

Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin will read and discuss "In Deep: Country Essays" at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. Kumin will read from her poetry at 8 p.m.

Kumin has published seven books of poetry, five books of fiction, two collections of essays and 20 books for children. Her book, "Up Country," was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1973.

A former chairwoman of the National Education Association literature panel, she has taught at Tufts, the University of Massachusetts and Princeton. Kumin lives and works on a farm in New Hampshire.

Alberto Rios

Alberto Rios will talk on "Cross-genre Writing" at 11 am. Wednesday, Oct. 7. He will read from his poetry and fiction at 8 p.m.

Rios won the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman award for his first full-length collection, "Whispering to Fool the Wind." His collection of short stories, "The Iguana Killer," won the Western States Book Award for Fiction, and was showcased at international book fairs by the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have been published in over 100 magazines, translated into several languages and set to music.

A native of Nogales, Ariz., Rios has the bicultural perspective of the Chicano growing up literally on the borderline.

Rios is the director of the creative writing program at Arizona State University.

David Milofsky

David Milofsky, novelist and editor of The Denver Quarterly, will give a reading at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

In his novel, "Playing From Memory," Milofsky takes a frightening and sullen subject -- death by cancer -- and creates a genuinely moving story unmarred by sentimentality.

He is the author of the novel "Eternal People," short stories, essays and articles. Milofsky's profile of Isaac Bashevis Singer was aired by National Public Radio.

Milofsky is the director of the writing program at the University of Denver.


Hilda Raz

Hilda Raz will read from her works at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Raz is the editor of Prairie Schooner magazine and is vice president of Associated Writing Programs. Her poems and criticism have been published in North American Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Miscelleny, Hollins Critic and elsewhere. A critical chapter on feminist poets written with Carole Oles will appear in Twentieth Century American Poetry.

She has read her works across the nation, from the University of Hawaii to the University of Massachusetts.

Francois Camoin

Francois Camoin will read from his work at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Camoin directs the creative writing program at the University of Utah. His collection of stories, "Why Men are Afraid of Women," won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Camoin's earlier work, "The End of the World is Los Angeles," won the 1981 Associated Writing Program's Short Story Competition. The tie that binds men and women, that makes people do absurd things that they will very likely be sorry for later, is the center of Camoin's work.

John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman will give a talk titled, "Homewood," at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct 8. Wideman will read from his new and published work at 8 that evening.

A native of Homewood, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, Wideman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is a graduate of Iowa Writers Workshop.

A professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Wideman is the author of seven novels. "Damallah," "Hiding Place," and "Sent for You Yesterday," (winner of the PEN Faulkner Award) were published under one cover as "The Homewood Trilogy."

Using music as a dominant organizing metaphor, his work explores the inner lives of black Americans. His widely acclaimed non-fiction volume, "Brothers and Keepers," reconstructs the tragic train of events that caused one man to die and three others-one, Wideman's brother-to be sent to prison for life.

Janet Burroway

Janet Burroway will read from her work at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Burroway studied at Barnard College and Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She has been an NBC Special Fellow in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama, designed costumes for the Belgian National Theater, taught at the University of Sussex and written plays for British television.

She has also published six novels including "Raw Silk" and "The Buzzards," which was nominated for the National Book Award. She also wrote the widely acclaimed textbook, "Writing Fiction." Burroway is a professor of English and co-director of the writing program at Florida State University.