This Year's Visiting Writers
Spring Literary Festival
2013's Lit Fest will be April 10th through April 12th and we will be thrilled to welcome (from left) nonfiction writer Diane Ackerman; fiction writers Robert Olen Butler and Bonnie Jo Campbell; and poets Sarah Lindsay and Dean Young.
Events on the 10th, the 11th, and the morning of the 12th will be held in Walter Hall Rotunda. Friday night's festivities will take place in Baker Center theater.
Wednesday, April 10th, Walter Hall Rotunda
- 7:30 Dean Young Reading
- 8:30 Bonnie Jo Campbell Reading
Thursday, April 11th, Walter Hall Rotunda
- 11:00 Robert Olen Butler Lecture
- 12:00 Bonnie Jo Campbell Lecture
- 7:30 Diane Ackerman Lecture
- 8:30 Sarah Lindsay Reading
Friday, April 12th, Walter Hall Rotunda
- 11:00 Sarah Lindsay Lecture
- 12:00 Dean Young Lecture
CLOSING NIGHT! Friday, April 12th, Baker Center theater
- 7:30 Robert Olen Butler Reading
- 8:30 Diane Ackerman Reading
Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world's finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. It is sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing of the Department of English and is generously funded by the College of Arts and Sciences. All readings and lectures are free and open to the public. We invite you to join us.
The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors will be available for purchase after each program, and at Little Professor Book Center.
For more information, contact David Wanczyk, Spring Literary Festival Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Past Spring Literary Festival attendees include Paul Auster, John Ashbery, Russell Banks, Frank Bidart, Billy Collins, Lydia Davis, William Gass, Donald Hall, Barry Hannah, Terrance Hayes, Elizabeth Hardwick, Amy Hempel, Tony Hoagland, Kenneth Koch, Denise Levertov, Barry Lopez, Heather McHugh, W.S. Merwin, Czeslaw Milosz, N. Scott Momaday, Lorrie Moore, Mary Oliver, Susan Orlean, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Francine Prose, Richard Rodriguez, Marilynne Robinson, George Saunders, Leslie Marmon Silko, Charles Simic, James Tate, John Edgar Wideman, Geoffrey Wolff.
See complete Spring Literary Festival History here.
Photos from Spring Literary Festival 2011, courtesy of Fred Viebahn
Clockwise from top left: Rita Dove and Tobias Wolff before their reading on Friday night. // Rita Dove, Zakes Mda, Debra Marquart, Amrit Singh, and Dinty W. Moore, at Zoe in Athens. // Mark Halliday, Rita Dove, Rosellen Brown, Dinty W. Moore, and Eric LeMay enjoy the Lit Fest after-party. // Padgett Powell (with his daughter) chats with Rita Dove outside Restaurant Salaam. //