19th Annual Literary Festival
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4 THE COURIER, OCTOBER 4, 1996

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Denise Duhamel, who wrote about the woman's body and the way society has objectified the body through the popular Barbie Doll, has been banned in both Canada and parts of America.

Poet Anthony Vigil, a Chicano, was "uninvited" to teach in the Denver Public Schools after he began teaching from a Chicano perspective, she said. Vigil and his performance poetry band, Los de Abajo, will perform at the festival.

Jessica Hagedorn, the Filipina American author of "Dogeaters" and "The Gangster of Love," recently received rave reviews in Time magazine and The Village Voice.

This year's festival is larger than in years past, and reflects the support from across the university. The communication and the-atre arts department will perform the Tony Award-winning show "Angels in America," a production written by one of the festival participants, Tony Kushner.

The Hampton Roads community, in general, is also playing a role in various aspects of the festival, Galang said.

Over the last month, several faculty members, including Galang, have been discussing the issue of censorship in their classes. "This is important because students have been engaged in these discussions and are already introduced to the writers before they come to the festival," she said.

Galang has added other new features to this year's festival. There will be after-read-ing receptions, hosted by several organizations, and on the final evening the art department will host a gala reception where Vigil and his band will perform.

There will also be an informal reading series, "After Words," at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Area writers and students in the M.F.A. program will read at the Taphouse Grill, a local pub on 21st Street in Ghent.

"This is a great place for writers and other festival participants to unwind and relax and it is also a great opportunity to hear works by writers not scheduled for
formal readings," said Galang.

Another component of the festival is an exhibition at the University Gallery. Community, faculty and student artists have reviewed the visiting authors' works and responded to the work in the form of paintings, sculptures and other media. These works will be on display starting Oct. 10.


Schedule of Events


Thursday, Oct. 10
* 10 am. - Opening celebration featuring Melody Ruffin Ward,H/NN rooms.
*10:30 am. - Poetry reading by Eleanor Wilner, H/ NN rooms.
*Noon - Open mike readings, Tonelson Garden. o 12:30 p.m. - Graduate student panel, "Stifled Voice: Cultural Ramifications of Censorship," 104 BAL.
*3 p.m. - Fiction reading by Brian Evenson, 104 BAL.
*5:30 p.m. - Screening of "Irresistible Impulse," University Gallery.
*8 p.m.' - Prose reading by Tony Kushner, 102 MGB.
*10 p.m. - Alumni Assoc. reception, Univ. Gallery.



Friday, Oct. 11
*10:30 a,m. - Fiction reading by Achy Obejas, Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn F&PA Center.
*Noon - Open mike readings, Tonelson Garden.
*1:30 p.m. - Panel, "Writing Past Censors: Private and Public," Chandler Recital Hall.
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4:15 p.m. - Poetry reading by Denise Duhamel, Chandler Recital Hall.
*5:30 p.m. - Talk by Andrea Slane, "Rated R: A Short History of Hollywood Censorship," Chandler Hall.
*8 p.m.' - Fiction reading by Jessica Hagedorn, Chandler Hall.


Saturday, Oct. 12
* 10:30 am. - Poetry reading and performance by Anthony Vigil and Los de Abajo, Chandler Hall.
*Noon - Open mike readings, Tonelson Garden.
*1:30 p.m. - Panel, "The Poetics of Revolution: Fighting America's Invisible Censors," Chandler Hall.
*4:30 p.m. - Fiction reading by Ben Marcus.
*5:30 p.m. - Screening of "Irresistible Impulse," University Gallery.
* 8 p.m.' - Poetry and prose reading by June Jordan, Chandler Hall.
*- 10 p.m. - Closing celebration and performance by Los de Abajo, University Gallery.



* All but evening performances are free. Tickets for evening performances ($12 general public, $2 students) may be purchased at readings or in 220 BAL. FMI, 683-3991.

 

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