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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 2016 Literary Festival
April 6-8

Featuring: Kelly Link, Stuart Dybek, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Phillip Lopate, and Kevin Prufer

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 May 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.

Recent Events

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes author Ellen Bryant Voigtfor a lecture onThursday, April 7, at 11:00 a.m., in Baker Ballroom, and for a reading at onFriday, April 8, at 8:30 p.m., in Baker Ballroom. By Christine Adams Graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Poetry If you squint into the […]

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The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes author Kelly Link for a lecture onWednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Baker Theater, and for a reading at onThursday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m., in Baker Ballroom. By Jennifer Pullen Graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing: Fiction Kelly Link is […]

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The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes author Kevin Pruferfor a readingonThursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.,in Baker Ballroom, and for a lectureonFriday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m., in Alden 4. ByJacob Little Graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing: Nonfiction Kevin Prufer is an American poet of the spooky-sad […]

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Spring Literary Festival – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Mar 16

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes author Phillip Lopatefor a lecture onThursday, April 7, atnoon, in Baker Ballroom, and for a reading at onFriday, April 8, at7:30 p.m., in Baker Ballroom. By Brad Modlin Graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Poetry, with an emphasis on Creative Nonfiction When describing Phillip […]

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Spring Literary Festival – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Mar 13

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes author Phillip Lopate. The festival is April 6-8.All readings and lectures are free and open to the public. The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors will be available for purchase […]

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

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes poet Ellen Bryant Voigt. The festival is April 6-8.All readings and lectures are free and open to the public. The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors will be available for […]

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

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes author Kevin Prufer. The festival is April 6-8.All readings and lectures are free and open to the public. The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors will be available for purchase […]

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

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes short-story authorKelly Link. The festival is April 6-8.All readings and lectures are free and open to the public. The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors will be available for purchase […]

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

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival, held April 6-8, features authors Kelly Link, Stuart Dybek, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and Kevin Prufer. The festival is sponsored by the Creative Writing program in the English Department at Ohio University, in conjunction with Alden Library, All readings and lectures are free and open to […]

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

The 2016 Spring Literary Festival welcomes poet and fictionauthor Stuart Dybek. Dybek is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University. The festival is April 6-8.All readings and lectures are free and open to the public. The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their […]

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