Writing festival set for May 19-25 at Spalding

Spalding University’s annual Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest reading series, will be held May 19-25 and will feature readings by nationally-known authors. Also reading will be Spalding faculty, guests and alumni of the university’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

All the readings are free and open to the public.

Festival of Contemporary Writing events will be held at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center Lectorium, 901 S. Fourth St., Spalding’s Auditorium, 824 S. Fourth St., and at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway.

Featured May 19 at 6:45 p.m. at the Lectorium will be writers Roy Hoffman, Dianne Aprile, Larry Brenner, Joyce McDonald, Kira Obolensky, Greg Pape and Rachel Harper.

At 5 p.m. on May 20 at the Brown Hotel, readers will be Kathleen Driskell, Richard Goodman, Lesléa Newman, Nancy McCabe, Silas House and Neela Vaswani.

On May 22, the Lectorium will host readings at 5 p.m. by K. L. Cook, Molly Peacock, Robin Lippincott, Sam Zalutsky, Eleanor Morse, Philip Deaver and Charlie Schulman.

Readers at 5 p.m. May 23 at the Brown Hotel will be Luke Wallin, Helena Kriel, John Pipkin, Debra Kang Dean, Jody Lisberger, Maureen Morehead and Sena Jeter Naslund.

On May 24 at 6:15 p.m. at the Spalding Auditorium, Jacqueline Woodson, Spalding’s Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence, will sign copies of her book, Hush.

May 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Brown Hotel, the readers will be Pamela Steele, Jill Kelly Koren, Albert DeGenova, Chris Helvey, Julia Schuster, Adriena Dame, Daniel DiStasio, Matt Ryan and Jonathan Weinert.

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