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Festival of Contemporary Writing

May 27 - June 2

Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing Features Kwame Alexander

Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest fall-spring reading series, takes place May 27 – June 2
with readings by faculty and alumni of Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Spalding’s Distinguished Visiting Writer, Kwame Alexander, author of Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel The Crossover, gives a public presentation on Sunday, May 28.

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

Schedule of Events: 

5:15-6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 27. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)  

  • Elaine Orr (creative nonfiction, fiction), ​Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life​,  A Different Sun
  • Neela Vaswani (fiction, creative nonfiction), Where the Long Grass Bends; You Have Given Me a Country
  • Greg Pape (poetry), Four Swans: Poems
  • Jody Lisberger (fiction), Remember Love
  • Eleanor Morse (fiction), White Dog Fell from the Sky

5:30-6:45 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Distinguished Visiting Writer presentation and Q&A. (Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, 16th floor, Gallery Ballroom)  

Book signing to follow. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore.

  • Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander (writing for children & young adults), The Crossover

5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)  

  • Crystal Wilkinson (fiction), The Birds of Opulence
  • Lesléa Newman (writing for children & young adults), Sparkle Boy
  • Leslie Daniels (fiction), Cleaning Nabokov’s House
  • Charlie Schulman (playwriting, screenwriting), Natural History X
  • Silas House (fiction), Eli the Good

5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)  

  • Beth Bauman (writing for children & young adults), Jersey Angel
  • Kiki Petrosino (poetry), Witch Wife
  • Eric Schmiedl (playwriting), The Kardiac Kid
  • Kathleen Driskell (poetry), Blue Etiquette
  • Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction), The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman

5:30-6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Celebration of Recently Published Books. (Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, 16th floor, Gallery Ballroom)  

Book signing to follow. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore.

  • Gayle Hanratty, MFA alum (fiction), Gray Hampton: A Suite of Stories
  • Lamar Giles (writing for children & young adults), Overturned
  • Nancy McCabe (fiction), Following Disasters
  • Gabriel Dean (playwriting), Qualities of Starlight

10:15-11:15 a.m. Friday, June 2. MFA alumni read from their work. (Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, 1st floor, Citation Room)  

  • April Asbury (’11)
  • Kellie Carle (’16)
  • Shad Farrell (’13)
  • Emily Vander Ark (’16)
  • Kelly Morris (’13)

4:15-5:30 p.m. Friday, June 2. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. (Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, 1st floor, Citation Room) 

Book signing to follow. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore.

  • Linda Parker (’03, fiction), Oliver’s Song
  • Al DeGenova (’05, poetry), Black Pearl
  • Mary Popham (’03, fiction), Love Is a Fireplace
  • Kathleen Thompson (’03, poetry), Time & Distance
  • David Dominé (’13, fiction), Voodoo Days at La Casa Fabulosa
  • Nancy Chen Long (’13, poetry), Light Into Bodies

The reading schedule may change without notice. Check Facebook for updated information: Facebook.com/SpaldingMFA. For more information, call 502-873-4400 or email mfa@spalding.edu.

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May 27
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June 2
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