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Montevallo Literary Festival April 18-19, 2008
Montevallo Literary Festival to celebrate its sixth year
The sixth annual Montevallo Literary Festival will be held April 18-19 on the beautiful campus of the University of Montevallo, Alabama 's public liberal arts university. Based in Comer Hall and at various indoor and outdoor locations on campus, MLF will host a full two-days of readings, workshops, and parties, including the Southern Progress Keynote Reading from the legendary Barry Hannah and workshops with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Claudia Emerson, rising fiction writer Inman Majors, and dramatist Steve Harper. The Festival will also host a special tribute to Harper Lee Award winner Wayne Greenhaw.
A $45 registration fee covers all events, parties, and three meals at the Festival. A $95 registration fee covers the entire conference plus personalized workshop critiques with Emerson, Majors, or Harper. Registration is open now. Deadline for workshop registration is April 4. On-site registration for the conference only is also available.
Barry Hannah to offer Southern Progress Keynote Reading
Novelist Barry Hannah will present the Southern Progress Keynote Reading Saturday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. at Carmichael Library. Hannah's novels include Yonder Stands Your Orphan, High Lonesome, Bats out of Hell, and Never Die. He has won the William Faulkner Prize and the Award for Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Hannah is director of the creative writing program at the University of Mississippi .
Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson to lead poetry workshop
Claudia Emerson was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Late Wife: Poems. She is also the author of the poetry collections Pharaoh, Pharaoh, and Pinion: An Elegy. Emerson's fourth collection, Figure Studies, will appear in Fall 2008. All volumes are published in Dave Smith's Southern Messenger Poets series. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and other journals. Emerson is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is an associate professor of English at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg , Virginia .
Emerson will offer the Keynote Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. on the King Quad.
Steve Harper to discuss drama
Steve Harper will discuss drama during MLF's theatre workshop. His plays include Urban Rabbit Chronicles, The Escape Artist's Children, almost not quite just about, The Laundry Channel (Juilliard workshop), Wheelchair Pornography (Spectral Sisters Productions), and the musical Brink of Life (co-story and lyrics; Dreamcatcher Rep). Also an actor, Harper has appeared at major regional theatres (The Guthrie, Williamstown) on national television (Law & Order: SVU, All My Children, Rescue Me), in film (Dark September Rain), commercials, and voice-overs. He is a graduate of Yale University , The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University , and the playwriting program at Juilliard.
In addition to his workshop, Harper will offer a theatre presentation on Friday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. in Comer Hall.
Inman Majors to teach fiction workshop
Inman Majors will teach the fiction workshop during the Festival. He will also deliver the Keynote Fiction Reading on Friday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in Carmichael Library.
Majors is the author of two novels, Wonderdog and Swimming in Sky. His third novel is forthcoming in January 2009. Majors grew up in Knoxville and attended Vanderbilt University . He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama . Majors currently teaches Fiction Writing at James Madison University .
MLF to fête Alabama author Wayne Greenhaw
The Festival will pay special honor to native son Wayne Greenhaw on Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Hill House. Hall will give a reading of his work during the tribute.
Recipient of the 2006 Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer of the Year and the 2005 Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction, Greenhaw is also an award-winning journalist and former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Miami Herald, Reader's Digest, Music City News, and many others. He is the author of seventeen books, most recently Ghosts on the Road, his first volume of poetry. His 1994 novel King of Country was recently revised and reissued in paperback. He is also co-author, with Donnie Williams, of The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow. Greenhaw divides his time between Montgomery and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico .
And much much more...
Becoming by Ted Metz at King Quad
This year's MLF will also feature a forum discussion on small press publishing with Pete McCommons, editor of Athens, Georgia's alternative weekly Flagpole, and Outsiders of New Orleans: Loujon Press, a film featuring Tuscaloosa's Jeff Weddle, author of Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press.
Other featured writers and presenters include Chad Davidson, Todd Dills, Susannah Felts, Tina Harris, Pete McCommons, Aaron Parrett, Chelsea Rathburn, Philip Shirley, and Jeff Weddle.
Plan your MLF weekend now online
The University of Montevallo
The complete MLF program is now posted online. Simply click the link below to plan your literary weekend at the bucolic University of Montevallo .
Register today for the entire weekend!
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