The Mace & Crown, September 28, 1981
Writers provide variety
Eight well-known poets, fiction writers and editors will be featured at Old Dominion University's fourth annual Literary Festival, Oct. 5-8.
"A good festival has variety," explained Anthony Ardizzone, assistant professor of English at ODU and co-director of the festival. "The primary focus of this year's festival will be on writers whose current works are especially strong," he added. Planning for the 1981 festival began last April.
The festival will begin at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, with a reading by novelist David Bradley in the ODU Kaufman Hall auditorium. Bradley, a professor of English at Temple Univer sity, is the author of "The Chaneysville Incident," a work about a young black historian's search for the truth of his ancestors' deaths.
Bradley will also speak on "The Self and the Writing Process" at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in room 148-150 of ODU's Webb Center. He appears courtesy of ODU's Cultural Events and Convocation Committee.
Diane Wakoski, author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, will speak on poetry at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the ODU Kaufman Hall auditorium. Wakoski frequently writes about the difficulty of being a woman in an age of changing values, in addition to an array of other contemporary subjects and themes.
That same day, Wakoski will also present a reading of her work at 8:30 p.m. in the ODU Kaufman Hall auditorium. She appears courtesy of ODU's Activities Programming Board.
"Should Writers be on the Government Payroll? The Saga of the Federal Writers' Project" will be the topic of a talk by Jerre Mangione, former national coordinating editor of the Federal Writers' Project during the Depression. He will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in room 148-150 of ODU's Webb Center.
Mangione is the author of ten books, including the best-selling memoirs "Mount Allegro" and "An Ethnic at Large." His talk will be drawn from his book "The Dream and the Deal," hailed as "one of the best social histories of American writers in our time."
At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, poet Bruce A. Weigl and novelist Lee Zacharias will present readings in the ODU Kaufman Hall auditorium. An assistant professor of English at ODU, Weigl was formerly director of the creative writing program at the Univer sity of Arkansas at Little Rock. His published works include two chapbooks and a collection of poetry titled "A Romance."
Zacharias, a professor at the Univer sity of North Carolina at Greensboro and president of the national Associated Writing Programs, will read from her recently published novel "Lessons." Described as "funny, tragic, sassy and lyrical," the novel centers on the tale of a feisty co-ed who becomes a faculty wife at the age of 18 and sets Out on her own 14 years later.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, Nan Talese will speak on editing at 10 am, in room 154-156 of ODU's Webb Center. Talese is the executive editor and vice president of the Houghton Mifflin Company. She has also served as senior editor and vice president of Simon and Schuster. Authors she has worked with include Margaret Atwood, Judith Rossner, and Susan Cheever.
At 2 p.m. on Thursday in room 154-156 of Webb Center, Paul Zimmer will join Talese in a discussion on the state of contemporary American publishing, from both the trade and university points of view. Zimmer is director of the University of Georgia Press and a vice president of the Associated Writing Programs. He is the author of four books of poetry.
Zimmer will join poet Heather McHugh in a poetry reading at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the ODU Kaufman Hall auditorium. McHugh, the author of "dangers" and "A World of Difference," teaches at the State University of New York at Binghamton and is a member of the board of directors of the AWP.
Zacharias, Zimmer and McHugh appear courtesy of the AWP.
The festival is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the ODU Department of English and Community Services Program, the festival is one of the largest annual literary events in Tidewater. For more information call Dr. Conrad D. Festa or Anthony Ardizzone at 440-3991.