Spring Literary Festival

Date(s) - April 06, 2016 - April 08, 2016
All Day

Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival brings a cross-section of some of the top writers in the country, making Athens a literary hotspot for three days.

This year’s line-up includes Stuart Dybek, Kelly Link, Phillip Lopate, Kevin Prufer, and Ellen Bryant Voigt, who all will be on hand for the festival running Wednesday, April 4, through Friday, April 6.

Known as Lit Fest, the 31st annual event includes both readings and lectures by the authors and takes place in Baker Center and Alden Library. The full schedule of events, which are free and open to the public, is available here.

“This is some serious literary firepower,” said Dave Wanczyk, coordinator of special programs for OHIO’s English Department. “For three days, Athens becomes a force for literature that is hard to match.”

With both Dybek and Voigt having been awarded the prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant,” the writers represent some of the highest honors in literature—a collective résumé of publications and awards too lengthy to list here. Dybek, known for his gritty fiction, along with the essayist Lopate and poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, have led careers that have spanned decades. Prufer, a Cleveland native, and Link, whose work has been described as a combination of science fiction, fantasy and horror, likewise have been making names for themselves in their respective genres.

Hosted by the Creative Writing Program, Alden Library, and Arts for Ohio, the event will begin with a lecture by fiction writer Kelly Link, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Baker Center’s Theater.


Baker Center Theater