12th Annual Literary Festival
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September 22, 1989, Page 1, The Courier

Literary Festival features
14 acclaimed writers, poets
Fourteen nationally acclaimed writers and poets will give readings of their work during the university's 12th Annual Literary festival Oct. 2-5.

Among them are: Carolyn Forche, winner of the Yale Younger Poets and the Lamont Poetry awards; Bill Tremblay, author of "Second Sun: New and Selected Poems" and "Duhamel;" Barry Lopez, author of the best-seller "Arctic Dreams;" and Paule Marshall novelist and adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Also appearing will be Tony Ardizzone, former director of the Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion and currently a faculty member at Indiana University.
Writers face demands on them to act as voices."
Forche teaches at George Mason University and is currently working on a novel, a collection of prose essays and a third collection of poetry.
Tremblay is the author of five books of poetry. His book, "Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada," is a collection of poems in the voice of a French-Canadian painter living in New England. The book has been praised for its "harsh complex clarity" and "paradoxically tender compassion." In the words of one critic, "Bill Tremblay offers a unique testament to a world whose brutal fragility has found no other way to speak."

Tremblay teaches at Colorado State University.
Forche, described as a "spellbinding, fascinating" reader, is well-known for her book, "The Country Between Us," in which many of the poems are based on her travels in El Salvador. The book won the Lamont

Widely praised for both his nature writing and his fiction, Lopez has been 'called a writer who "goes to the wilderness to clarify a great deal about civilization."

He is best-known book is 'Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape" (1987),
Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets. It also established her as a spokeswoman for what has come to be called "poetry as witness," which is based on her belief that poetry should speak to the most serious questions of society. Poets must not trivialize human concerns which won the National ' Book Award in nonfiction. It has been called "a lyrical geography and natural history, an account of Eskimo life, and a history of northern explorations" and a

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"reflection about the meaning of mankind's encounter with the planet ..."

Lopez lives in Finn Rock, Ore., and is teaching this fall at Notre Dame.

Marshall has been called "one of the best novelists writing in the United States." Critics have also noted that "When Marshall writes about those she truly loves, she cannot be resisted. She brings an instinctive understanding, a generosity and a free humor that combine to form a style remarkable for its courage, color and its natural control"

All of the festival readings are free and open to the publics. All programs will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired.

The following is a schedule of the literary Festival:

Monday, Oct. 2
*1:30 p.m.-"Poetry as Witness," a talk by Carolyn Forche in the Newport News Room, Webb Center.
*3 p.m.-Poetry reading by Kate Daniels in the Newport News Room.
*8 p.m-Poetry reading by Carolyn Forche in the Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium.

Tuesday, Oct. 3
*11 a.m.- Poetry reading by Ruth Stone in the Newport News Room.
*1:30 p.m.-"The Forest of Poetic Discourse," a talk by Bill Tremblay in the Newport News Room.
*3 p.m.- Fiction reading by Joe David Bellamy in the Newport News Room.
*8 p.m.-Poetry reading by Bill Tremblay in the Godwin auditorium.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

* 11 a.m.- "Contemporary Fiction," a panel discussion featuring Joe David Bellamy, Janet Burroway and Wayne Ude in the Newport News Room.
*1:30 p.m.- "Setting: Story and the Physical Landscape," a talk by Barry Lopez in the Newport News Room.
* 3 p.m.- Fiction reading by Tony Ardiz-zone in the Newport News Room.
* 8 p.m.- Fiction and non-fiction read-ing by Barry Lopez in the Godwin auditorium m.

Thursday, Oct. 5
11 a.m.- "Working in the Arts," a panel discussion featuring Mary MacArthur, Jennifer Moyer and Liam Rector in the Newport News Room.
*1:30 p.m.- "The Writer's Voice," a talk by Paule Marshall in the Newport News Room. * 3 p.m.- Poetry reading by Gerald Stern in the Newport News Room.
8 p.m.- Fiction reading by Paule Marshall in the Godwin auditorium.

The literary Festival is sponsored by the university's Creative Writing Program, Department of English, the College of Arts and letters and the Student Activities Council. Other sponsors include the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the city of Norfolk, the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Associated Writing Programs.