5th Annual Literary Festival
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The Mace & Crown, September 23, 1982
ODU's fifth annual literary festival is slated for the beginning of October

A variety of literary stars, including novelist Ken Kesey and poet Allen Ginsberg, will take part Old Dominion University's fifth annual Literary Festival Oct. 4-7.

The free festival will begin at 8 .m. Monday, Oct. 4. with a poetry reading by Ginsberg in ODU's Godwin Building auditorium. Described by many as the most significant poet to emerge from the "beat generation" of poets, Ginsberg has published 13 books of poetry, among them the controver sialwork, "Howl and Other Poems."

Dr. Gordon V. Ball Jr., an ODU assistant professor of English, will join Ginsberg in a lecture-discussion of beat generation authors at 2 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 5, in room 148-150 of ODU's Webb Center.

At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday Kesey will lecture in room 148-150 of Webb Center. Best known for his 1962 novel ''One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Kesey has written stories for many international magazines.

That same day, he will read from his fiction at 8 p.m. in the Godwin Building auditorium. He appears courtesy of ODU's Activities Programming Board.

Nonfiction writer William Warner will speak on ''Fact and Fancy: Problems of Nonfiction" at 11 a.m.Wednesday, Oct 6, in room 154-1 56 of Webb Center.

Warner, a research associate in the office of the assistant secretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, is the author of a 1976 Pulitzer prize-winning book 'Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay." He will also give a nonfiction reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday in room 100 of ODU's Kaufman Hall.

Poets James Tate and Lucille Clifton will present a reading at 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 154-156 of Webb Center.

A professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Tate is the author of 11 books of poetry, including ''The Lost Pilot'' and "Absences."

Clifton, currently poet laureate of Maryland, is the author of four collections of poetry and 15 child ren's books. She has also publish ed a family memoir titled "Generations."

Short Story writer Raymond Carver will speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in room 148-150 of Webb Center. A professor of English at Syracuse University, Carver has published three collections of short stories, inctuding "Will You Please Be Quiet Please" and "Furious Seasons."

Carver will close the festival with a fiction reading at 8 p.m. Thursday in room 100 of Kaufman Hall.

Poets Ann Stanford and Lisel Mueller will read from their works at 2 p.m. Thursday in room 148-1 50 of Webb Center.

Stanford has published six books of poetry; most recently, "In Mediteranean Air." She has also compiled an anthology of female English poets.

Mueller, whose work has appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker and The Paris Review, is the author of five books of poetry and a number of critical essays.

Tate, Clifton, Stanford and Mueller appear courtesy of the Associated Writing Programs.

The free public festival is sponsored by the ODU English department, the ODU Arts and Letters Public Service Program, the Virginia Commission of the Arts and the Norfolk Commission of the Arts and Humanities. For more information call Dr. Bruce Weigl or Anthony Ardizzone at 440-3991.