Festival of Contemporary Writing Is May 19-25

Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest fall-spring reading series, will be held May 19-25, featuring readings by faculty, guests, and alumni of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. All readings are free, ticketless, and open to the public.

Festival of Contemporary Writing events will be held at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center Lectorium (901 S. Fourth St.), Spalding’s Auditorium (824 S. Fourth St.), and at the Brown Hotel (335 W. Broadway) as noted. Plenty of free parking is available for the campus readings. Authors may or may not read from the work listed below.

6:45 p.m. Saturday, May 19 (ELC Lectorium)

•             Roy Hoffman (fiction; nonfiction), Chicken Dreaming Corn; Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations

•             Dianne Aprile (nonfiction), The Eye Is Not Enough: On Seeing and Remembering

•             Larry Brenner (dramatic writing), Saving Throw Versus Love

•             Joyce McDonald (writing for children & young adults), Devil on My Heels

•             Kira Obolensky (playwriting; fiction), Raskol; The Anarchists Float to St. Louis

•             Greg Pape (poetry), Animal Time

•             Rachel Harper (fiction), Brass Ankle Blues

5 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Faculty (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

•             Kathleen Driskell (poetry), Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem

•             Richard Goodman (nonfiction), The Bicycle Diaries

•             Lesléa Newman (poetry), I Remember: Hachiko Speaks

•             Nancy McCabe (nonfiction), Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China

•             Silas House and Neela Vaswani (fiction), Same Sun Here

5 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 (ELC Lectorium)

•             K. L. Cook (fiction), Love Songs for the Quarantined

•             Molly Peacock (poetry, nonfiction) The Second Blush; The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72

•             Robin Lippincott (fiction), In the Meantime

•             Sam Zalutsky (screenwriting), You Belong to Me

•             Eleanor Morse (fiction), An Unexpected Forest

•             Philip F. Deaver (fiction), Silent Retreats

•             Charlie Schulman (dramatic writing), The Fartiste

5 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

•             Luke Wallin (nonfiction), The Everything Guide to Writing Children’s Books, 2nd edition

•             Helena Kriel (screenwriting), Skin

•             John Pipkin (fiction), Woodsburner

•             Debra Kang Dean (poetry), Precipitates

•             Jody Lisberger (fiction), Remember Love

•             Maureen Morehead (poetry), The Melancholy Teacher

•             Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction), Adam & Eve

6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 24.  The Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Hush (Spalding Auditorium) Book signing to follow in ballroom, 2nd floor. Books provided by Follett Bookstore.

4:30 p.m. Friday, May 25. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation Room)

•             Pamela Steele (fiction), Greasewood Creek: A Novel

•             Jill Kelly Koren (poetry), While the Water Rises Around Us: Poems

•             Albert DeGenova (poetry), Postcards to Jack

•             Chris Helvey (poetry), On the Boulevard

•             Julia Schuster (fiction), The Ingredients of Gumbo: Stories, Poems, Sassy Opinions, and Sketches

•             Adriena Dame (fiction), The MOO: Stories and a Novella

•             Daniel DiStasio (fiction), Facing the Furies: A Novel

•             Matt Ryan (fiction), Read This or You’re Dead to Me: Prose Poems, Flash Fiction, Words

•             Jonathan Weinert (poetry), Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W.S. Merwin

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

The reading schedule may change without notice. Check the website for updated information: spalding.edu/mfa. For more information, call 502-873-4400 or 800-896-8941, ext. 4400, or email mfa@spalding.edu.

Spalding’s four-semester, brief-residency MFA in Writing combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. The Program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting. Students begin the semester in the spring, summer, or fall with a 10-day residency in Louisville or abroad, then return home for an independent study with a faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. Students may customize the location, season, and pace of their studies. See spalding.edu/mfa for more information.