old. Black, white. Male, female. They come to Norfolk from different
regions of the country, bringing with them varying backgrounds.
And yet as individual as they may be, they all have a common desire
to share their views of the world through the written word.
are as diverse as any group of people. And it is this diversity
that breathes life into the eighth annual Old Dominion University
Literary Festival Oct. 7-10.
to stay away from a common theme and have as much variety as possible,"
said Bruce Weigl, associate professor of English, poet and organizer
of this year's event.
renowned novelist and Norfolk resident Mary Lee Settle; Pulitzer
Prize-winning poets Gary Snyder and Carolyn Kizer; editor Joyce
Johnson; novelist David Bradley; and poets Michael S. Harper, Reginald
Gibbons, Richard Shelton and Rita Dove.
Weigl, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and prose will be well-represented
at the annual festival. "We have gotten writers with national
reputations," he said, crediting that in part to the Associated
Writing Programs (AWP) being located on campus. The national writer's
network has been instrumental in promoting the festival in conjunction
with its annual board of directors meeting. Weigl said Shelton,
Gibbons, Bradley, Dove and Kizer are appearing courtesy of the AWP
appearing courtesy of the university's Activites Programming Board.
The events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
by Mary Lee Settle, 8 p.m., Batten Arts and Letters auditorium
Society and Politics in the New China," a talk by Gary
Snyder, 12:30 p.m., rooms 148-150, Webb Center.
a Worldwide Novel," a talk by Mary Lee Settle, 2 p.m.,
rooms 148-150, Webb Center.
by Gary Snyder, 8 p.m., Batten Arts and Letters auditorium.
of Saints," a talk by Michael S. Harper, 11 a.m., rooms
148-150, Webb Center.
by Reginald Gibbons and David Bradley, 12:30 p.m., rooms 148-150,
Role of the Editor in Book Publishing," by Joyce Johnson,
2 p.m., rooms 148-150, Webb Center.
by Joyce Johnson, 8 p.m., Batten Arts and Letters auditorium.
by Richard Shelton and Rita Dove, 12:30 p.m., rooms 148-150,
by Carolyn Kizer, 2 p.m., rooms 148-150, Webb Center.
by Michael S. Harper, 8 p.m., Batten Arts and Letters auditorium.
A profile of
the writers who will present readings and lectures at the festival
SETTLE, winner of the 1978 National Book Award for fiction.
Her writing career includes the publication of six highly acclaimed
novels: "Blood Tie" and "The Beulah Quintet"
collection, which consists of "Prisons," "O Beulah
Land," "know Nothing," "The Scapegoat"
and "Killing Ground." In addition to fiction, Settle has
published articles in a variety of magazines and journals, including
an essay in Esquire this year on Japan.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Considered one of the most important
poets of today, Snyder is the author of eight collections of poetry,
including "Turtle Island" which won the Pulitzer Prize
in 1974, and five collections of prose.
S. HARPER, winner of the Poetry Society of America's Melville
Crane Award for his book "Images of Kin." His other books
have earned two National Book Award nominations, as well as awards
given by the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the Black
Academy of Arts and Letters.
1985 winner of the National Poetry Series for his new book "Saints,"
which wil be published by Persea books. He has also won a Quarterly
Review of Literature Prize and was the 1981 winner of Houghton Mifflin
New Poetry Series. He has received poetry fellowships from the Guggenheim
foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
a 1982 PEN/Faulkner award winner for his novel "The Chaneysville
the author of one other novel, "South Street," and of
numerous articles and essays. He is currently an associate proofessor
of english at Temple University.
winner of the 1983 National Boo Critics Award for the best autobiography
"Minor Characters ." In addition to her autobiography,
Johnson has published two novels, "Come and Join the Dance"
and Bad Connections." She is currently senior editor at The
Atlantic Monthly Press.
a poet of the Southwest whose first book, "The Tattooed Desert,"
won the International Poetry Forum's United States Award in 1970.
His fourth collection, "The Bus to Veracruz," was nominated
for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
author of two volumes of poetry, "The Yellow House on the Corner"
and "Museum." Her third full-length collection, "Thomas
and Beulah," is forthcoming from Carnegie-Mellon in 1986. Dove
has also published fictions and essays in numerous magazines, journals
winner of the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1985 for her book "Yin."
Other books include "The Ungrateful Garden," "Knock
Upon Silence," "Midnight Was My Cry"
"Mermaids in the Basement." Her career as a teacher and
poet includes positions at Columbia University, Bucknell University,
the University of Iowa and the University of Maryland.