February 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

Spring Literary Festival, March 26-28

The spring literary festival 2014’s Lit Fest is March 26-28 and welcomes fiction writer Andrea Barrett, poet Frank Bidart, essayist Sven Birkerts, fiction writer Ben Fountain, and essayist Rebecca Solnit.

Bidart was among the winners at the National Book Critics Circle awards were announced March 13. Bidart won the poetry prize for “Metaphysical Dog.” Read more.

Tentative Agenda

Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett

Wednesday, March 26, Walter Hall Rotunda

  • 7:30 p.m. Sven Birkerts Reading
  • 8:30 p.m. Andrea Barrett Reading

Thursday, March 27, Walter Hall Rotunda

Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain

  • 11 a.m. Ben Fountain Lecture
  • Noon Rebecca Solnit Lecture
  • 7:30 p.m. Sven Birkerts Lecture
  • 8:30 p.m. Frank Bidart Reading

Friday, March 28, Walter Hall Rotunda

Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart

  • 11 a.m. Andrea Barrett Lecture
  • Noon Frank Bidart Lecture

CLOSING NIGHT! March 28, Baker Center theater

  • 7:30 p.m. Rebecca Solnit Reading
  • 8:30 p.m. Ben Fountain Reading
Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit

Since 1986, the Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world’s finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The three-day festival is held on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. It is sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing of the Department of English and is generously

Sven Birkerts

Sven Birkerts

funded by the College of Arts & Sciences. All readings and lectures are free and open to the public.

The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors will be available for purchase after each program, and at Little Professor Book Center.

For more information, contact David Wanczyk, Spring Literary Festival Coordinator, at

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