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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, Stephanie Powell Watts, Mark Doty, Kiese Laymon and Laura Kasischke. See details.

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.

Recent Events

Learn more about Kiese Laymon’s work and Lit Fest events Unpacking the Weight of Kiese Laymons Heavy By Madison Foltz Kiese Laymon begins Heavy with the insistence that he wanted to write a lie. But he then lists every reason why that lie was not worth writing. He doesnt want […]

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Spring Literary Festival – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Mar 20

Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival is April 3 to 5. One of this year’s featured authors is Stephanie Powell Watts, who won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her debut story collection,We Are Taking Only What We Need(2012), also named one of 2013s Best Summer Reads byO: […]

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

Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival will take place April 3 through April 5. One of this year’s featured authors is Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California in 1984. She was raised in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada […]

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

Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival is April 3 to 5. One of this year’s featured authors is poet and novelist Laura Kasischke, who was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry includeWild Brides(1992),Fire and Flower(1998),Dance and Disappear(2002),Gardening […]

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

Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival is April 3 to 5. One of this year’s featured authors is Mark Doty, who is the author of several collections of poetry, most recentlyDeep Lane(W. W. Norton, 2015);A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures(Prestel, 2013);Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems(HarperCollins, […]

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

Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival is April 3 to 5. One of this year’s featured authors is Kiese Laymon, a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Miss. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana […]

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

The English Department’s 2019 Spring Literary Fest is April 3-5. The authors, who will give readings and craft-based lectures, include the following novelists, poets, and essayists: Stephanie Powers Watts, Kiese Laymon, Mark Doty, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Laura Kasischke, Event locations and times to be announced.

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

The2018 Spring Literary Festivalwelcomes authorAlan Shapirofor a reading onWednesday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m., and for a lecture on Thursday, April 12, at noon. Both events will be held inWalter Hall Rotunda. By Derek J. G. Williams Graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing: Poetry I cant embrace the […]

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

The2018 Spring Literary Festivalwelcomes authorRosanna Warrenfor a lecture onThursday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m., in Walter Hall Rotunda, and for a reading onFriday, April 13, at 8:30 p.m., in Baker Theater. By Emily Kramer Graduate student pursuing an M.A. in Creative Writing: Poetry Rosanna Warren was born on the kitchen […]

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

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