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Spalding's Festival of Contemporary Writing: Full line-up


Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok headlines Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing May 27 – 30. Her appearance caps a festival of readings by faculty and guests of the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing and its flagship low-residency MFA program. The Festival of Contemporary Writing is Kentucky’s largest fall-spring reading series.


All readings and events are free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking is available for the campus readings. The schedule is as follows:



6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Faculty Reading. (Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, Citation Room, first floor.)

- Douglas Manuel (poetry), Trouble Funk

- Dianne Aprile (creative nonfiction), Making a Heart for God: A Week Inside a Catholic Monastery

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

- Susan Campbell Bartoletti (writing for children & YA), How Women Won the Vote

- Gabriel Jason Dean (writing for TV, screen, and stage), Heartland

- Nancy McCabe (creative nonfiction, fiction), Can This Marriage Be Saved? A Memoir


5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Faculty Reading. (Troutman Lectorium, Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth Street.)

- Lynnell Edwards (poetry), This Great Green Valley

- Elaine Neil Orr (fiction, creative nonfiction), Swimming Between Worlds; Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life

- Larry Brenner (writing for TV, screen, and stage), Bethlehem

- Roy Hoffman (fiction, creative nonfiction), The Promise of the Pelican

- Kathleen Driskell (poetry), The Vine Temple


5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. Martyna Majok, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Cost of Living, delivers a reading and presentation. (Troutman Lectorium, Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth Street.)





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