The festival, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 and from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in the C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.
The festival features sessions with published poets, award winning writers and local professors.
"Every year we have a wonderful draw of writers at the festival, and this year promises more of the same," said Geri Gutwein, Ph.D., associate professor of English. "From a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee to an accomplished lyricist, we have attempted to bring together writers from every genre."
Some of the writers involved in the event include:
- Vivian Shipley, an accomplished poet who has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and won the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community from the Library of Congress Connecticut Center for the Book.
- Charles Holt, who has starred in the Lion King on Broadway and co-starred on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and now is performing the fifth touring season of Black Boy, his one-man show based on Richard Wright's life. Holt performs Black Boy, written by Wright and adapted and directed by Wynn Handman, on Thursday, Mar. 30 at 12:30pm in HACC's Rose Lehrman Arts Studio Theatre. Black Boy is a production of The American Place Theatre's Literature to Life® Arts Education Program, led by Artistic Director Wynn Handman and Executive Director David Kener. This American Place Theatre Literature to Life® presentation of Black Boy is made by special arrangement with HACC.
- Julie Moffitt, who has released three CDs of original songs, most recently Cover to Cover in 2005, and has been featured on WVIA-FM Scranton (where she was selected Best Album of the Year in 1996) and on WXPN Philadelphia.
- Shouhua Qi, whose fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Feminist Studies, AMBIT, Connecticut Review, and the Rain Flower, is the author of Bridging the Pacific: Searching for Cross-Cultural Understanding Between the United States and China.
In addition to the sessions with writers, those in attendance can anticipate an open reading, as well as the opportunity for questions and answers. For more information, contact Geri Gutwein, associate professor of English at HACC, telephone 717-780-2433.