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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"Thomas Jefferson: A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity," at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
the director of the writing program at the University of Denver.
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.
will read from his work at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.
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.
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
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
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.
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."
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.
will read from her work at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.
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
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