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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.

2022 Spring Literary Festival

April 6-7

The Ohio University English Department plans to hold 2022 Spring Literary Festival on the Athens campus on April 6 and 7.

Authors scheduled to attend include Kim Addonizio, Lauren Groff, and Ira Sukrungruang.

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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2022 Spring Literary Festival Set for April 6-7

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Kim AddonizioFrom Ohio University News The Ohio University English Department plans to hold 2022 Spring Literary Festival on the Athens campus on April 6 and 7. “It’s so nice to be back in person for this flagship event,” said Dr. David Wanczyk of the English Department. “We’ve invited guests who are […]

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2021 Spring Literary Festival | March 17-19

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Ellis Hall entryway architectural elementThe English Department’s 2021 Spring Literary Festival is being held virtually from Wednesday, March 17, to Friday, March 19. Authors include Chris Abani, Nina Li Coomes, Ada Limón, Jason Schneiderman, and Lidia Yuknavitch. Wednesday, March 17 7:30 p.m. — A reading by Chris Abani, with a Q&A to follow. Join […]

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Lit Fest | The Artistry of Chris Abani: ‘What we know about how to be who we are comes from stories,’ March 17

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Chris Abani, portraitChris Abani reads from his work on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Spring Literary Festival. By Candace Walsh Nigerian and American writer Chris Abani chooses and uses fiction, poetry, essays, and screenplays to tell bracing stories that have earned a Guggenheim Award, a PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, […]

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