Festival of Contemporary Writing Is May 18-25

Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest fall-spring reading series, will be held May 18-25, 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 the Brown Hotel (335 W. Broadway) and at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center Lectorium (901 S. Fourth St.), as noted. Plenty of free parking is available for the campus readings. Authors may or may not read from the work listed.


11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

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

• Rachel Harper (fiction), Brass Ankle Blues

• Roy Hoffman (creative nonfiction), Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations

• Shane McCrae (poetry), Blood

• Kirby Gann (fiction), Ghosting

• Charlie Schulman (dramatic writing), The Fartiste; Frankenswine


5:15-6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Faculty. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

• Eric Schmiedl (playwriting), The Kardiac Kid

• Elaine Orr (fiction), A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa

• Gabriel Dean (playwriting), The Transition of Doodle Pequeño

• David-Matthew Barnes (playwriting; writing for children & young adults), Relocations; Wonderland

Introductions by Sena Jeter Naslund. Book signing to follow. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore.


6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, May 20. (ELC Lectorium)

Lesléa Newman (writing for children and young adults), A Sweet Passover

• Rebecca Walker (creative nonfiction), Black, White, and Jewish

• Robin Lippincott (fiction), In the Meantime

• Susan Campbell Bartoletti (writing for children & young adults), Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose, 1871

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


7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. (ELC Lectorium)

• Sam Zalutsky (screenwriting), You Belong to Me

• Mary Clyde (fiction), Survival Rates

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

• Greg Pape (poetry), Four Swans

• Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction), Adam & Eve


5:15-6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 23. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

• Leslie Daniels (fiction), Cleaning Nabokov’s House

• Pete Duval (fiction), Rear View: Stories

• Maureen Morehead (poetry), Late August Blues: The Daylily Poems

• John Pipkin (fiction), Woodsburner

• Helena Kriel (screenwriting), Skin


6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

Featured Author. The Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence: Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried. Welcome and introduction by Sena Jeter Naslund. Book signing to follow. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore.


4:45-6:00 p.m. Friday, May 24. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation)

• Chris Mattingly (’10), Scuffletown

• Sandi Hutcheson (’12), Looks Great Naked (published as Grace Adams)

• Charlotte Rains Dixon (’03), Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior

• David Harrity (’07), Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand

• Brittany K Fonte (’07), Fighting Gravity

• Ann Eskridge (’08), The Raven

• Loreen Niewenhuis (’09), A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk


3:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25. MFA Alumni Reading. Alumni read from works in progress. (ELC Lectorium)

• Barry George (’09), Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku

• Marjetta Geerling (’11), Fancy White Trash

• Dan Nowak (’07), Of a Bed Frame

• Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (’09), The Porcupine of Mind

• Terry Price (’06), Alumni Association Director

• Ellyn Lichvar (’07), MFA staff

• Gayle Hanratty (’06), MFA staff

The reading schedule may change without notice. Check the website for updated information. For more information, call 502-873-4400 or 800-896-8941, ext. 4400, or send us an email.

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.