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Spalding Festival of Writing Begins

Readings by faculty, guests and alumni of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program begin Saturday. All readings are free, ticketless and open to the public.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 in the schedule. Saturday, May 19, 6:45 p.m.Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center 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

Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m. Celebration of Recently Published Books by FacultyBrown 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

Tuesday, May 22, 5 p.m.Spalding University, Egan Leadership Center 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

Wednesday, May 23, 5 p.m. 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

Thursday, May 24, 6:15 p.m.Spalding University AuditoriumThe Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Hush Book signing to follow in ballroom on second floor. Books provided by Follett Bookstore.Friday, May 25, 4:30 p.m. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation RoomBook signing to follow. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore.

  • 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