LitFest Press Release

Dallas, TX (TBD)- The Southern Methodist University Department of English would like to announce the speakers for the 2014 SMU Literary Festival.

The annual three day event is to be held on the SMU campus between March 18 and March 22, 2014. The literary festival will include author readings, student conferences and book signings. All events are Free and open to the public.

The 2014 line-up (in alphabetical order):

-Nan Cuba, Author of Body and Bread (Engine Books, 2013), winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine. She is an associate professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

-Erica Dawson, Author of two collections of poetry: Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser 2007) and The Small Blades Hurt (Measure 2014). Dawson teaches undergraduate and low-residency MFA students at the University of Tampa, where she also serves as poetry editor of Tampa Review

-Tarfia Faizullah, Author of Seam (SIU Press, 2014), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. She  is a writer-in-residence with Inside Out Literary Arts Project and is an editor for Asian American Literary Review and Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press.

-Jennifer Key, Author of The Old Dominion, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, and a former Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing.  Jennifer’s poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and Callaloo, among others.

-Jamaal May, His first full-length collection is Hum (Alice James Books, 2013). He is founding editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and a visiting faculty member in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.

-Kyle McCord, Author of three books of poetry, including Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake Press 2013).  He teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he is the co-coordinator of the Kraken Reading Series.

-Tim Parrish, Author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir; The Jumper (winner of Texas Review Press’s 2012 George Garrett Prize); and Red Stick Men. He is a professor in the MFA and undergraduate creative-writing programs at Southern Connecticut State University.

-Rob Yardumian, Author of The Sound of Songs Across the Water; his fiction has also appeared in The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, The New Orleans Review, and other literary magazines. He has an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Also part of Litfest: In collaboration with The Writer’s Garret, Litfest hosts a local small press fair on Tuesday, March 18.  And on March 19, SMU Litfest hosts a reading by area high school students, cosponsored by Wordspace.

SMU holds its Literary Festival on campus and free of charge, allowing students, faculty and the surrounding community an opportunity to interact with and hear the latest works from some of the best authors in the country.

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