Poet laureate, other distinguished writers featured in four-day fest
Readings, workshops and a panel discussion by 12 published authors will highlight the third annual Literary Festival Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.
Sponsored by the Department of English and Community Services Program, the festival events are free and open to the public.
Events will begin with a poetry reading by Lucille Clifton at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Batten Arts and Letters auditorium.
Recently appointed poet laureate of Maryland, Clifton was awarded the prestigious Juniper Prize by the University of Massachusetts Press for Two-Headed Women and has published three other volumes of poetry. In addition, she has written 15 children's books and a family memoir titled Generations. Clifton is also the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts awards.
Poet Donald Hall will conduct poetry workshop at 3 p.m. Tuesday in room 154-56 of Webb Center, and then at 8:30 p.m. will read selections from his poetry in the Batten Arts and Letters auditorium.
Since writing Exiles and Marriage in 1955, Hall has published seven volumes of poetry, the latest being Kicking the Leaves. He also served as co-editor of two influential anthologies and has prepared two college composition texts. Hall conducted the Paris Review interviews with T.S. Eliot And Ezra Pound and has had a play, An Evening's Frost, produced off-Broadway. He has delivered 65 television broadcasts and more than a thousand poetry readings.
ODU assistant professor of English Tony Ardizzone will hold a fiction workshop at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 154-56 of Webb Center.
Coordinator of the ODU creative writing program and author of the novel In the Name of the Father, Ardizzone has served as the editor of Intro, an annual journal of best writing from college workshops around the country. He also has published 15 short stories in various distinguished quarterlies and has published a volume of short stories titled Idling.
At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, authors George Cuomo and Susan Shreve will read selections from their fiction in the Batt0h Arts, and Lett6rs auditorium.
Cuomo, who teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has written five novels, among them Pieces from a Small Bomb and The Hero's Great Great Great Great Great Grandson. He has also written short stories and poems and is on the board of directors of the ODU-based Associated Writing Programs (AWP). He will read selections from Sirola, a forthcoming novel for which he received a grant from the National Foundation of the Arts.
A teacher at George Mason University, Shreve is the author of three novels and four children's books. She is presently working on her fourth novel, A Multitude of Seeds, under a Guggenheim fellowship. A member of the board of the AWP, Shreve has served as a fellow and a staff member of the famed Bread Loaf Writing Conference in Vermont.
A panel discussion moderated by Alf J. Mapp Jr., professor of English at ODU and author of several books including Frock Coats and Epaulets, will be held on creative nonfiction at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in room 154-56 of Webb Center. The panel will include John Cielion Holmes, Katie Lyle, James Olney, and William Ruehlmann.
Holmes a member of the AWP board of directors, has written three novels with several, including Go, acclaimed as "beat" generation classics. Holmes has also published books of essays and poems. Instrumental in developing the writing program at the University of Arkansas, he has published poems, short stories,--articles and reviews in Harper's, Saturday Review, Penthouse and Esquire.
Lyle is best-known as the author of several novels for young people, although she has also published poems and nonfiction. She has written articles on popular music, the language arts, and food, in addition to producing four half-hour television scripts for the Public Broadcasting System "Footsteps." Lyle presently teaches at the Southern Seminary Junior College in Buena Vista, Va.
Olney has published more than a dozen articles in scholarly journals, mostly in archetypal and comparative studies. Tell Me Africa: An Approach to African Literature and Metaphors of Self The Meaning of Autobiography are his two most discussed works. Since earning his doctorate at Columbia University in 1963, he has garnered a Fulbright grant to lecture in Liberia; Wickes Foundation grant for studies in Jung and Yeats, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship. He is presently doing research in Durham N.C., at the National Humanities Center,
Ruehlmann is a journalist for the Ledger-Star where he writes feature articles. A native of Cincinnati, when he received his doctorate, Ruehlmann is the author of Saint With a Gun: The Unlawful American Private Eye and Stalking the Feature Story.