Highlights from the 2012 Literary Festival
 'United: Past/Present' Exploring the Influence of our Past
April 10-16, 2012

Headline Author: Judith Ortiz Cofer 

As a child who only spoke Spanish, the Puerto Rican-born Cofer writes and teaches in English, and her writing explores the timeless topics of love and change -- both in the lives of her fictional characters and from her own experiences. 

Cofer is currently the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia (UGA). Visit her 
English Department page on the UGA website, her UGA homepage and her page on the PBS Masterpiece Theatre "American Collection" site.

Another featured author at the 2012 OLLU Literary Festival was Martha Rhodes, the founding editor and director of 
Four Way Books, an independent literary press based in New York City, and an instructor at the New School University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. 

Rhodes' poetry collections include: Mother Quiet (Zoo Press 2004), Perfect Disappearance (winner of the 2000 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press) and At the Gate(Provincetown Arts, 2000). 

Read about Rhodes on her site 
martharhodespoet.com, her page on the Ploughshares site and read selections at AGNI Magazine's website.


Faculty Reading
OLLU faculty members Michael LuekerHayan ChararaAntoinette Winstead and Nan Cuba read personal selections during the event. 

The Thing Itself Publication Party
The latest edition of OLLU's Literary Journal, The Thing Itself, was unveiled and its brand-new website launched. Event presented by the Student Editorial Board and Faculty Adviser Dr. Hayan Charara. 

Visiting Writer, Douglas Goetsch Reading
Douglas Goetsch's books of poetry include The Job of Being Everybody (Cleveland State, 2004), winner of the CSU Poetry Center Open Competition, Nameless Boy (forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press) and four chapbooks.

Panel of Publishing
Event featured Martha Rhodes from Four Way Books; Bryce Milligan from Wings Press; Palmer Hall from Pecan Grove Press; Tom Payton from Trinity University Press; and Douglas Goetsch from Jane Street Press.

Martha Rhodes and David Parsons Reading
Both read selections from their recent publications

Carlos Robson Spoken Word Performance, 12:30 p.m., Mall Area (lunch included)
Carlos Robson blends soul shaking stories of love, loss and redemption with his stylistic re-interpretations of spiritual hymns and children's songs.  

Favorite Poem Project
Everyone was invited to share their favorite poems at this event sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta. 

Celebrating Judith Ortiz Cofer
Judith Ortiz Cofer is an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, children's book author and educator.

High School Outreach Day featuring David Rice and Randa Jarrar
Sponsored by the Joyce and Richard Harris Sapience Foundation

24th Street Film Screenings 
The event featured short films from the Digital Film/TV Production students at OLLU.

Open Mic
Open invitation to read original poems and prose. This event was sponsored by English Department graduate students. 

The PuroSlam Road Show, featuring Amanda Flores and the 2011 San Antonio National Slam Team, was a fast-paced exhibit of competitive performance poetry. The event was sponsored by English Department graduate students. 

2012 Headliner:
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Cofer's first major fiction work was the Pulitzer Prize-nominated, The Line of the Sun (1989)
Read more about Cofer at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Funded in part by the Sapience Foundation, Shield-Ayres Foundation and the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.

This 2012 Literary Festival was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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