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Announcing the Full Line-up of Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, Nov. 16-22

Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest fall-spring reading series, takes place Saturday, November 16, through Friday, November 22, with faculty and alumni of the low-residency programs of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing. Bestselling graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang headlines the festival as Distinguished Visiting Writer. Yang is the author of the Printz Award-winning American Born Chinese and the National Book Award Finalist Boxers & Saints, a boxed set of graphic novels. Yang has served as a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

Yang will deliver a public reading and discussion of Boxers & Saints at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21, at the Egan Leadership Center’s Troutman Lectorium at Fourth and Breckenridge. A reception and book signing will follow. Students and teachers are particularly encouraged to attend this event.

Plenty of free parking is available for the campus readings. All readings and events are free, ticketless, and open to the public.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16.(Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.) The Anne and William Axton Series, in conjunction with the Louisville Literary Arts Writer’s Block Festival, presents award-winning novelist Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You. Book signing will follow.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 17. Faculty Reading. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.) Greetings by Kathleen Driskell.

– Dianne Aprile (creative nonfiction), The Eye is Not Enough: On Seeing and Remembering

– Douglas Manuel (poetry), Testify

Beth Ann Bauman (writing for children & young adults), Jersey Angel

– Charlie Schulman (dramatic writing), Goldstein: A Musical About Family

– Lynnell Edwards (poetry), Covet

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Monday, November 18. Celebration of Recently Published Books. Book signing to follow. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.) Introduction by Kathleen Driskell. Books provided by Follett.

– K.L. Cook (fiction; creative nonfiction; poetry), Marrying Kind; The Art of Disobedience: Essays on Form, Fiction, and Influence; Lost Soliloquies

– Helena Kriel (screenwriting), The Year of Facing Fire (a memoir)

– Keith Wilson (poetry), Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love

– Katy Yocom (fiction), Three Ways to Disappear

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 20. Faculty Reading. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.) Greetings by Lynnell Edwards.

– Erin Keane (professional writing; poetry), Demolition of the Promised Land

– Roy Hoffman (creative nonfiction; fiction), Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations; Come Landfall

– Jason Howard (professional writing; creative nonfiction), A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music

– Maggie Smith (poetry), Good Bones

– Silas House (fiction), Southernmost

– Kathleen Driskell (poetry), Blue Etiquette

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21. Distinguished Visiting Writer Gene Luen Yang discusses Boxers & Saints. (Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.) Introduction by Kathleen Driskell. Book signing to follow. Books provided by Follett.

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Friday, November 22. Faculty Reading. (Citation Room, 1st fl., Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway)

– John Pipkin (fiction), The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

– Kira Obolensky (playwriting), Hiding in the Open

– Robin Lippincott (fiction; creative nonfiction), Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South; Blue Territory

– Rachel Harper (fiction), This Side of Providence

– Bruce Romans (screenwriting), Executive Producer of Marvel’s The Punisher and AMC’s Hell on Wheels

The reading schedule may change without notice. Check Facebook for updated information: For more information, call 502-873-4400 or email

The School of Creative and Professional Writing at Spalding University offers three low-residency programs, including the flagship 65-credit-hour MFA in Writing program; a 35-credit Master of Arts in Writing, offering tracks in creative writing and professional writing; and a 15-credit graduate certificate in writing, also with two tracks. The School of Writing offers concentrations in fiction; poetry; creative nonfiction; writing for children and young adults; writing for TV, screen, and stage; and professional writing. Students begin the semester in the spring, summer, or fall with a residency in Louisville or abroad, then return home for an independent study with a faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. Students may customize the location, season, and pace of their studies.

See for more information, or find us on Twitter @SpaldingWriting.


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