This year's schedule

This Year's Visiting Writers

Spring Literary Festival

2015's Lit Fest will be March 25th through March 27th and we will be thrilled to welcome essayists Dorothy Allison and Brian Doyle, novelist Charles Johnson, and poets Marie Howe and Robert Pinsky.

Events on the 25th will be in the Baker Center Theater; lectures and readings on the 26th will be in the Baker Center Ballroom; morning lectures on the 27th will be in Alden; and our closing night will be back in the Baker Center Theater.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, March 25th, Baker Center Theater

  • 7:30 Dorothy Allison Reading
  • 8:30 Marie Howe Reading

Thursday, March 26th, Baker Center Ballroom

  • 11:00 Charles Johnson Lecture
  • 12:00 Dorothy Allison Lecture

  • 7:30 Brian Doyle Reading
  • 8:30 Robert Pinsky Lecture/Performance

Friday, March 27th, Alden Library, 4th Floor

  • 11:00 Brian Doyle Lecture
  • 12:00 Marie Howe Lecture

CLOSING NIGHT! March 27th, Baker Center Theater

  • 7:30 Robert Pinsky Reading
  • 8:30 Charles Johnson 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

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. //