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Old Dominion University Press Releases September 26, 2001

Literary Festival Writers Represent Spectrum of Genres

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Edward Albee, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, will deliver the keynote lecture of Old Dominion University's 24th Annual Literary Festival at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the North and South Cafeterias of Webb University Center.

His talk, "The Playwright vs. The Theater," also is presented as part of the President's Lecture Series.

The festival, which runs Oct. 1-5, carries the theme "Magic, Vision and Transformation" and will feature dramatists, poets, nonfiction writers, novelists, artists and newly emerging student writers. All of the readings and lectures are free and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

The festival schedule is as follows:

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
· 2:30 p.m. – Roberley Bell, an installation artist whose works are on exhibit in the University Gallery, will give a talk on her show, "Always the Immigrant." University Gallery, 350 W. 21st St., Norfolk.

MONDAY, OCT. 1
· 4 p.m. – Readings by Terry Perrel, Temple West and Tom Yuill, graduates of Old Dominion's master of fine arts in creative writing program, Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb University Center.
· 8 p.m. – Old Dominion President Roseann Runte, in her first campus reading of her latest, unpublished poetry and a selection of her published work. Her reading will be accompanied by original photos and some musical selections. Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

TUESDAY, OCT. 2
· 2 p.m. – Kwadwo Agymah Kamau, author of the novels "Flickering Shadows" and "Pictures of a Dying Man," Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.
· 4 p.m. – Sheryl St. Germain, poet and nonfiction writer and winner several awards and fellowships, including the William Faulkner Award for personal essay. Hampton/ Newport News Room, Webb Center.
· 8 p.m. – Holly Hughes, an Obie award-winning performance artist and playwright, as well as a central figure in America's culture wars. In the late '80s and early '90s, Hughes was the undisputed lesbian "bad girl" of publicly funded art. Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3
· 2 p.m. – University Theatre production Edward Albee's one-act plays, "The Zoo Story" and "The Sandbox." Stables Theatre.
· 4 p.m. – Eugene Gloria, poet, Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.
· 8 p.m. – Margorie Agosin, Latin American poet and fiction writer and editor, and winner of a United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights. Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building Auditorium.

THURSDAY, OCT. 4
· 2 p.m. –Readings by Old Dominion faculty and staff members Matilda Cox, Julie Crichton, Eugene McAvoy, Renee Olander and Amy Tudor. Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.
· 4 p.m. – Joseph Skibell, short-story writer, playwright and author of the novel "A Blessing on the Moon." Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.
· 8 p.m. – Edward Albee, hailed by critics as "America's most important dramatist still writing," won the 1996 National Medal of the Arts and three Pulitzer Prizes for his plays "Three Tall Women," "A Delicate Balance" and "Seascape." North and South Cafeterias, Webb Center.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5
· 2 p.m. –Greg Bottoms, author of the memoir "Angelhead," which was named one of the best five works of nonfiction of 2000 by Esquire magazine, and the memoir "Sentimental." Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center.
· 4 p.m. – Karen McElmurray, author of the novel "Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven" and the memoir "Mother of the Disappeared." Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center.
· 8 p.m. – Dorothy Allison, author of "Bastard Out of Carolina," a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, which was made into a highly acclaimed film directed by Angelica Huston. Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center.

For more information on the 24th Annual Old Dominion Literary Festival, call 683-3991 or visit www.lib.odu.edu/litfest.


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