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Festival of Contemporary Writing May 25-31

May 25 - May 31

Bestselling Author Terese Marie Mailhot Headlines Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing

Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest fall-spring reading series, takes place Saturday, May 25, through Friday, May 31, with faculty and alumni of Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Terese Marie Mailhot’s New York Times-bestselling Heart Berries: A Memoir has been awarded the inaugural Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature, established to honor exceptional literary works that exemplify Spalding University’s mission. The $7,500 prize will be awarded to Mailhot during a public presentation on Thursday, May 30, on Spalding’s campus. Mailhot is the New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries: A Memoir. Her book was also listed as a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Library Journal, the New York Public Library, and the Chicago Public Library and was one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Books of 2018.

Festival events will be held at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center and the Brown Hotel, as noted 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, May 25. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.) Reading by Spalding President and MFA alum Tori Murden McClure, author of A Pearl in the Storm, which was released 10 years ago and which recounts her solo row across the Atlantic Ocean 20 years ago. A book signing will follow. Books available for sale until 2:00 p.m. at the Spalding University Bookstore, located out the south door of the Egan Leadership Center.

5:15-6:15 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Faculty Reading. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)  Greetings by Associate Program Director Lynnell Edwards.

  • Greg Pape (poetry), Four Swans: Poems
  • Kira Obolensky (playwriting), Why We Laugh: A Terezin Cabaret
  • Fenton Johnson (creative nonfiction, fiction), Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays; The Man Who Loved Birds
  • Keith S. Wilson (poetry), Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love
  • Leah Henderson (writing for children & young adults), One Shadow on the Wall
  • Eleanor Morse (fiction), White Dog Fell from the Sky
  • Kathleen Driskell (poetry), Blue Etiquette

5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 27. Faculty Reading. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

  • Elaine Neil Orr (fiction, creative nonfiction), Swimming Between Worlds, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life
  • Lynnell Edwards (poetry), Covet
  • Kirby Gann (fiction, creative nonfiction), Ghosting; John Knowles’ A Separate Peace: Bookmarked
  • Minda Reves (Bachelor of Fine Arts director)
  • Robin Lippincott (fiction, creative nonfiction), Our ArcadiaBlue Territory: A Meditation on the Life and Art of Joan Mitchell
  • Julie Brickman (fiction), Two Deserts: Stories
  • Larry Brenner (screenwriting, playwriting), Bethlehem; Saving Throw Versus Love

5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Presentation of the inaugural Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature to Distinguished Visiting Writer Terese Marie Mailhot, author of Heart Berries: A Memoir. Mailhot gives a public presentation at this event; book signing to follow. Books must be purchased prior to the event at Spalding University’s  Bookstore, located out the south door of the Egan Leadership Center. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)

3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 31. Session I. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. Book signing to follow. Books provided by Spalding University Bookstore. (Brown Hotel, 1st fl., Citation Room, 335 W. Broadway)

  • Teneice Durrant (poetry), Glass Corset
  • Angela Jackson-Brown (poetry), House Repairs
  • Mary Popham (fiction), The Wife Takes a Farmer
  • Karen George (poetry), A Map and One Year
  • Katerina Stoykova (poetry), Second Skin

4:45-5:45 p.m. Friday, May 31. Session 2. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. Book signing to follow. Books provided by Spalding University Bookstore. (Brown Hotel, 1st fl., Citation Room, 335 W. Broadway)

  •  Paul Ruben (fiction), Terms of Engagement: Stories of the Father and Son
  • Alice Gorman (fiction), Valeria Vose
  • Heather Wyatt (creative nonfiction), My Life With(out) Ranch
  • Phil Cohen (fiction), Stories in a Flash
  • Savannah Sipple (poetry), WWJD and Other Poems
  • Flora Schildknecht (fiction), Megafauna: Stories and Screenplay

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

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