5th Annual Literary Festival
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The Mace & Crown, October 4, 1982

Fifth Literary Festival scheduled to begin this week

Bill Bonner

The fifth Annual ODU Literary Festival returns to the university through a cooperative effort that involves all levels of the Norfolk community. No less than four sections of the community have lended their services, and supported the festival with funds to help celebrate the literary arts. This cooperative venture is the main reason why the ODU festival is set apart from other college arts events: despite budget cutbacks, admission is free.

The School of Arts and Letters, the faculty of the English Department, and students at the university have continued this year, as in the past, to support the ODU festival with their time and effort. Students are responsible for circulating the fliers for the festival and advertising by word of mouth, as are the faculty members. Students will also be selling the Authors' books before and after the readings.

To offset the cost of the festival to the university, grants were provided by the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Virginia Endowment for Arts, representing the local and state levels. Funds were also provided by the Arts and Letters Public Service Program. Furthermore, to defray the cost of expenses to participating members of the Associated Writing Program who have agreed to appear for virtually nothing, Eric Stahley, coordinator of the A.W.P., has scheduled their annual board meeting for the same week. The board members will therefore be present during the week of the festival, and will be able to participate and read in the festival.

Bruce Weigl, poet, English professor, and member of the Associated Writing Program at ODU, is primarily responsible for coordinating and arranging the appearances of William Warner, author of "Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay," which won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1976; James Tate, author of eleven books of poetry including "The Lost Pilot," which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1967; Raymond Carver, who has published a third collection of short stories entitled "Will You Please Be Quiet Please," and has won several O. Henry Awards; Ann Stanford, who has most recently published a book of poetry "In Mediterranean Air'' and has received, among others, the award in literature from the National Institute Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lisel Mueller, author of the recent book of poetry "The Need to Hold Still," and who has won several awards, including the American Book Award.

Gordon Ball, assistant professor in the English Department at ODU, is also appearing at the festival, and helped Weigl contact Allen Ginsberg, author of "Howl and other Poems." Ball, a friend of Ginsberg, has traveled extensively with him, edited two books on the poet, and is currently working on a third publication of lectures, poetry readings, and journals of Ginsberg.

Mark Parrott, a student and member of the Activities Program Board, is responsible for negotiating and arranging the appearance of Ken Kesey, author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.'' Mr. Kesey appears through the courtesy of ODU'sActivities Program Board, a student organization.

In the past other faculty members contributing their services by giving readings, talks, or lectures have been Tony Ardizzone, Alf Mapp, Jr., Nancy Bazin, Debra Bruce, Linda Mizejewski, Istvan and Anna Ament, Paul Dicklin, Harold Protsman, and W.D. Snodgrass.