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Festival of Contemporary Writing

November 11, 2017 - November 18, 2017

Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing Features Playwright Doug Wright

Doug Wright


Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest fall-spring reading series, takes place November 11-18 with readings by faculty and alumni of Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Spalding’s Distinguished Visiting Writer, Doug Wright, who won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for I Am My Own Wife, gives a public presentation on Saturday, November 11.

Festival events will be held at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center and First Unitarian Church as noted in the listings below. Plenty of free parking is available for the campus readings. All readings and events are free, ticketless, and open to the public.

Schedule of Events:

5:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11. Distinguished Visiting Writer presentation. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

Book signing to follow. Books provided by Follett Bookstore.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, I Am My Own Wife

5:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

  • Rebecca Walker (creative nonfiction, fiction), Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness; Adé: A Love Story
  • Gabriel Jason Dean (playwriting), Qualities of Starlight
  • Maureen Morehead (poetry), Late August Blues: The Daylily Poems
  • Susan Campbell Bartoletti (writing for children & young adults), Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America
  • Robin Lippincott (fiction, creative nonfiction), In the Meantime; Blue Territory
  • Helena Kriel (screenwriting), Rhino

5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, November 13. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

  • Rachel Harper (fiction), This Side of Providence
  • Eric Schmiedl (playwriting), Incognegro
  • Dianne Aprile (creative nonfiction), The Book: a Collaboration with Photographer Julius Friedman
  • Julie Brickman (fiction), Two Deserts: Stories
  • Roy Hoffman (creative nonfiction, fiction), Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations; Come Landfall
  • Sam Zalutsky (screenwriting), Seaside

5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

  • Jeanie Thompson (poetry), The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller
  • Nancy McCabe (creative nonfiction, fiction), From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood; Following Disasters
  • Kirby Gann (fiction), Ghosting
  • Edie Hemingway (writing for children & young adults), Road to Tater Hill
  • Debra Kang Dean (poetry), Fugitive Blues
  • Kira Obolensky (playwriting), Forget Me Not When Far Away

5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16. Readings by members of the Spalding MFA in Writing staff. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

  • Katy Yocom (fiction)
  • Ellyn Lichvar (poetry)
  • Jason Hill (fiction)
  • Kathleen Driskell (poetry), Blue Etiquette
  • Karen Mann (fiction), The Woman of La Mancha

5:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, November 17. A reading by bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund, with musical accompaniment by Frank Richmond. (First Unitarian Church, 809 S. Fourth St.)

  • Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction), The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman; Ahab’s Wife

1:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18. MFA alumni read from their work. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

  • Julie Stewart (fiction) ’10
  • Lynn Hoffman (writing for children & young adults, screenwriting) ’15
  • Jeanne Haggard (playwriting) ’06
  • Bridgett Jensen (creative nonfiction) ’08
  • Maria Steinmetz (writing for children & young adults) ’14
  •  Dana Smith (fiction) ’17
  • Genissa Leder (writing for children & young adults) ’13

The reading schedule may change without notice. Check Facebook for updated information: For more information, call 502-873-4400 or email


November 11, 2017
November 18, 2017
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