22nd Annual Literary Festival
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Source: The Courier, October 8, 1999

Former poet laureate Rita Dove
heads lineup for Literary Festival

The 1999 Old Dominion University Literary Festival, "The Spirit of the Word," opens next week and includes an appearance on Friday, Oct. 15, by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove.

A festival Prologue will feature local poets Jay Paul, Jane Ellen Glasser and Shelly Wagner at 7p.m. Oct. 11 in room 100 Kaufman Hall.

Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, has published several poetry collections, including her latest, "On the Bus with Rosa Parks," which came out in April.

Michael Pearson, associate professor of English and director of the Literary Festival, said this year's event was originally envisioned and shaped under the direction of former faculty member and poet Scott Cairns.

"This year's festival has brought together a diverse group of writers who all share a common undertaking: they are men and women whose works invite readers to reflect on language and the heartbreaking and heart-some truths that poems and stories communicate," Pearson writes in the festival brochure. "Breathe deeply: be inspired."

All of the readings are free and open to the public.


Schedule of Readings

Oct. 11- Prologue to the Literary Festival: Celebrating Local Poets, featuring Jane Ellen Glasser, Jay Paul and Shelly Wagner, 7 p.m., 100 Kaufman Hall.

Oct. 12- Mike Kelly, nonfiction, 11 a.m., H/NN Room, Webb Center; Erin McGraw, fiction, 2 p.m., H/NN Room; round table on "Writing Race" with Luisa Igloria, Kelly and E. Ethelbert Miller, 4 p.m., H/NN Room; Andrew Hudgins, poetry, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center.

Oct. 13- David Poyer, fiction, 11 a.m., Ches./Ports./Va. Beach Room, Webb Center; Miller, poetry, 2 p.m., Cape Charles/Isle of Wight Room, Webb Center; M.F.A. program faculty readings by Igloria, Pearson, Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds and Tim Seibles, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall.

Oct. 14- Richard Chess, poetry, 11 a.m., Cape Charles/ Isle of Wight Room; Margaret Gibson, poetry, 2 p.m., Ches. / Ports. /Va. Beach Room; panel discussion, "How Should Literature Inspire?" with Chess, Gibson and Debra Monroe, 4 p.m., Ches./Ports./Va. Beach Room; Monroe, fiction, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall.

Oct. 15- Rilla Askew, fiction, 11 a.m.; Fred Viebahn, fiction, 2 p.m.; Seibles, poetry, 4 p.m.; Dove, poetry, 8 p.m. All of the Oct. 15 readings will be in Chandler Recital Hall.

For more information about the Literary Festival, call the Office of Creative Writing at 683-4770.

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