|Karen Salyer McElmurray
|Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
novelist and poet
April 5, 2014
Hollins hosted its first Literary Festival when the creative writing program began in 1960. It's now an annual spring event known as the Lex Allen Literary Festival, named in honor of the former Hollins English professor. Writers-in-residence take part, along with other guests, who over the years have included Elizabeth Janeway, William Styron, John Barth, James Dickey, Richard Wilbur, Maxine Kumin, Lisel Mueller, Doris Betts, Diane Wakoski, Elizabeth Spencer, and many others.
The daylong festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with check-in and refreshments. Participants may purchase lunch in the Moody Center dining room. The Literary Festival is free and open to the public. All readings and the panel discussion will be held in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Auditorium (Room 200).
Support for the Literary Festival is provided by the John Alexander and Mary Josephine Haynes Allen Literary Endowment, the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series, and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence Fund. The Lex Allen Literary Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. Learn more...
Undergraduate college students are invited to submit up to three poems and/or up to two short stories for:
All entries must include the author's name and contact information (e-mail or phone number) and the name, city, and state of the author's college or university. All fiction must be double-spaced.
Email entries (in Word format) to:
Mail entries to:
Literary Festival Contest
P.O. Box 9677
Roanoke, VA 24020-1677
Call (540) 362-6317 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|9:30 a.m.||Check-in and refreshments, second floor lobby, Wetherill Visual Arts Center|
|10:30 a.m.||Reading by Karen Salyer McElmurray|
|11:30 a.m.||Poetry panel discussing student-submitted work|
|12:45 p.m.||Luncheon, Moody Dining Hall (pay at the door)|
|1:15 p.m.||Roundtable session for high school writers with Hollins English and Creative Writing students, Mary Rowland Lounge, Moody Center, third floor|
|2:00 p.m.||Reading by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon|
|3:15 p.m.||Reading by Ben Lerner|
|4:15 p.m.||Reception, second floor lobby, Wetherill Visual Arts Center|