|Well-known writers featured at literary festival|
well-known poets, fiction writers and editors will be featured at ODU's
fourth annual Literary Festival, Oct. 5-8.
"A good festival has variety," explained Anthony Ardizzone, assistant professor of English 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 Kaufman Hall auditorium. Bradley, a professor of English at Temple University, 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" it 2 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 6, in room 't48-150 of Webb Center, He appears courtesy of the 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 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.
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, poet Bruce A. Weigl and novelist Lee Zacharias
will present readings in the Kaufman Hall auditorium. An assistant professor
of English at ODU, Weigl was formerly director of the creative writing program
at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His published works include
two chapbooks and a collection of poetry titled "A Romance."
Zacharias, a professor at the University 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 a.m. in room 154-156 of 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.