Literary Festival

The 2015 Literary Festival is funded in part by the Shield-Ayers Foundation, Humanities Texas and The Smothers Foundation.  

Featured Presenters

Wendy Barker
Sheila Black
Denise Chavez

Ellen Meeropol

Laura Van Prooyen

Carol Reposa

Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public

Friday, March 27

"So Much Between Us" - A Reading by Wendy Barker
6-7 p.m. • Providence Hall, West Social Room
Decorated poet, translator and professor, Wendy Barker, will share poetry from her new collection, “Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years.” “Examining Berkeley in the 1960s,” Barker’s newest collection, is infused with the politics of that era and serves as a testament to how much, and how little, has changed.

Saturday, March 28

“The Words of Our Lives” - Favorite Poem Project in Honor of Women’s Herstory Month
2-4 p.m. • Barnes and Noble La Cantera

San Antonio’s own rendition of the Favorite Poem Project, an initiative begun by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy, will take place on March 28 at Barnes and Noble in the La Cantera shopping mall. Participants will be invited to share their favorite poems.

Tuesday, March 31

“The Politics of Words” - A Reading by Ellen Meeropol
6-7 p.m. • Providence Hall, West Social Room
Ellen Meeropol will read from her most recent novel “On Hurricane Island.” She is also the author of “House Arrest: A Novel.” Meeropol has received starred reviews from “Publishers Weekly” and her work has appeared in “Portland Magazine,” and “Women’s Times.”

Wednesday, April 8

“The Poetry of Place” - A Reading by Laura Van Prooyen and Sheila Black
12:30-1:30 p.m. • Main Building , Room 311
Laura Van Prooyen will read from her newest poetry collection “Our House Was On Fire.” She is the author of ,“Inkblot and Altar,” and is the recipient of several grants including one from the American Association of University Women. Sheila Black, poet and executive artistic director for Gemini Ink, will also read poems from her new collection of poems “Wen Kroy.”

“Word and Metaphor” - A Reading by Carol Coffee Reposa
6-7 p.m. • Main Building, Room 311
Poet Carol Coffee Reposa, twice nominated for Texas and San Antonio Poet Laureate, will read from her collection “Underground Musicians.” Reposa’s poetry has appeared in a number of publications including “Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review,” “The Texas Observer,” “Southwestern American Literature,” and “The Concho River Review.”

Thursday, April 9

“The Thing Itself” Release Party
12:30-1:30 p.m. • Main Building, Room 311
The newest issue of “The Thing Itself,” OLLU’s literary journal will be presented to the public. “The Thing Itself” publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art from local and international submitters. A reading will be held at the release party.

“Liberating Palabras” - A Reading and Reception with Denise Chavez
6-7:30 p.m. • Main Building, Room 311
OLLU Literary Festival headliner, Denise Chavez, will read from her most recent novel, “The King and Queen of Comezón.” Chavez is the author of “A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food, and Culture,” “The Last of the Menu Girls,” “Face of an Angel,” “Loving Pedro Infante,” and “The Woman Who Knew the Language of Animals.” She considers herself a performance writer, and is also the director of the Border Book Festival, the longest running book festival in New Mexico.

Friday, April 10


“Words for Youth” - A presentation by Denise Chavez
9:30-10:45 a.m. •Thiry Auditorium 
OLLU Literary Festival Headliner Denise Chavez will read selections from her work to high school students.

“Raise the Word!” - San Antonio PuroSlam Poets and Student Open Mic
12-1:30 p.m. • Mabee Gymnasium
Students visiting the OLLU campus will be treated to the performances of San Antonio’s own PuroSlam Poets. An open mic will follow.

“Palabras: Out of the Classroom and Into the World”
6-8 p.m. • Main Building, Room 311
OLLU faculty will show off their work and creative flair. Readings by Octavio Quintanilla, Wallis “Trip” Sanborn, Yvette Benavides, Michael Lueker, and others.

Sunday, April 12

“Raíces Latinas” - Mixed Media Storytelling
6-8 p.m. • Main Building, Room 311
The Lakefront, OLLU’s student newspaper, will host a talk about how authors and artists use different media to tell stories. The event will feature author Anel Flores, muralists and artists Gerardo Quetzal Garcia and Adriana Garcia, and musicians Juan Tejada and Armando Tejada.