Strange Bedfellows cartoon

39th Annual Literary Festival Sept. 25 – 29, 2016

"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible…. political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” --George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”

Politics, as someone once remarked, is the art of the possible. Art, on the other hand, is where the possible and the improbable meet, where realities get checked and dreams gain probability. Art and politics? Strange bedfellows, surely, but it seems fitting that in this year -- in which America will elect a new president -- we gather with writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction who have attempted to make sense and art out of political actualities.

Michael Pearson and Katherine Jackson, 2016 Festival Directors


*Update: Due to unforeseen events,
Tim Seibles, Poet Laureate of Virginia,
will replace Etgar Keret on Tuesday, 9/27.


  Elmaz Abinader
  Douglas Brinkley 
  Ying Chen 
  Farideh Goldin 
  Joyce Hoffmann
  Joe Jackson 
  Etgar Keret *
  Karan Mahajan 
  Colum McCann 
  Azar Nafisi 
  Rashod Ollison 
  Rick Skwiot 
  Anthony Swofford 
  Ocean Vuong



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