13th Annual Literary Festival
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Volume 30 Number 3, Thursday September 27, 1990

Dr. Pearson,Literary Festival Bring "City
of Words" to Old Dominion University

By Kim Chrisman, Mace & Crown Staff Writer

"A great writer creates a city of words, a place that all listeners can enter to find themselves," writes Dr. Michael Pearson of the ODU English Department and Director of ODU's 13th Annual Literary Festival--"City of Words."

Appropriately, Pulitzer Prize Winner Galway Kinnel opens the gates of the city of words Thursday, September 27, 1990 at 8 p.m. with a "mesmerizing voice" that Dr. Pearson said "gives meaning to his poems."

The four days of the festival provide "a wonderful opportunity to bring some lesser known but brilliant writers to the public's attention," said Dr. Pearson. The diverse group of writers include Lee Smith (Oral History and Family Linen), Anne Bernays (Professor Romeo), Kelly Cherry, Peggy Shumaker, Toi Derricotte, Alf Mapp, Jr., Scott Donaldson, Hal Crowther and Ethelbert Miller.

Lucille Clifton, two times a Pulitzer Prize nominee already holds much of the publics attention for her Emmy Award winning Contributions to Marlo Thomas' Free to be You and Me.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Justin Kaplin's Talk about words closes the festival on Thursday October 4 at 8 p.m.

Dr. Pearson expressed his appreciation of the many volunteers and organizations who provided "a lot of the time, energy, interest and enthusiasm" to the construction what he hopes "will truly be a city of words- where the language is the heart of the matter, and language that matters is at the heart.