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Robert Pinsky performs with musician Daniel Gerald Spencer at the 2015 Spring Literary Festival.

Robert Pinsky performs with musician Daniel Gerald Spencer at the 2015 Spring Literary Festival.

Spring 2019 Literary Festival
April 3-6

The English Department’s 2019 Spring Literary Fest is April 3-5.

Authors Claire Vaye Watkins and Laura Kasischke are among the authors.

About the Spring Literary Festival at Ohio University

Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world's finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The three-day festival is held in April on the Ohio University main campus in Athens, OH.

The festival is sponsored by the Creative Writing program in the English Department and is generously funded by the College of Arts & Sciences. All readings and lectures are free and open to the public.

The five visiting writers are present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors are available for purchase after each program, and at Little Professor Book Center in Athens.

For more information, contact David Wanczyk, Spring Literary Festival Coordinator.

Past Spring Literary Festival attendees include Paul Auster, John Ashbery, Russell Banks, Frank Bidart, Billy Collins, Lydia Davis, William Gass, Donald Hall, Barry Hannah, Terrance Hayes, Elizabeth Hardwick, Amy Hempel, Tony Hoagland, Kenneth Koch, Denise Levertov, Barry Lopez, Heather McHugh, W.S. Merwin, Czeslaw Milosz, N. Scott Momaday, Lorrie Moore, Mary Oliver, Susan Orlean, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Francine Prose, Richard Rodriguez, Marilynne Robinson, George Saunders, Leslie Marmon Silko, Charles Simic, James Tate, John Edgar Wideman, Geoffrey Wolff. See more in the Past Speakers Archives.

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The English Department’s 2019 Spring Literary Fest is April 3-5. Authors Claire Vaye Watkins and Laura Kasischke are among the authors.

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The2018 Spring Literary Festivalwelcomes authorAisha Sabatini Sloanfor a reading onThursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Walter Hall Rotunda, and for a lecture onFriday, April 13, at noon in Alden Library (4th floor). BySarah Minor Assistant Professor of Nonfiction, Cleveland Institute of Art Graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative […]

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Spring Literary Festival – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Apr 02

The Ohio University Creative Writing program presents five visiting writers for the 33rd annual Spring Literary Festival, April 11, 12, and 13. This year’s program will feature fiction writer Mary Gaitskill, nonfiction writers Geoff Dyer and Aisha Sabatini Sloan, and poets Alan Shapiro and Rosanna Warren. All readings and lectures […]

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