Skip to main content
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Literary Festival > 42nd Annual ODU Literary Festival Opening Reception (10/6/2019 3:00 PM)
Old Dominion University


This Event is in the past and is no longer available for sale.

This is a free event.

42nd Annual ODU Literary Festival Opening Reception

Literary Festival
The Green Onion
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM (ET)

Join The Muse Writers Center and Old Dominion University for the opening reception for the 42st Annual ODU Literary Festival. Presenters, participants and attendees of the festival along with students, teachers and friends of The Muse and the ODU MFA Creative Writing Program are welcome to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, conversation and a cash bar.

Crossing Thresholds

What can we learn from each other by examining our lives and stories, moving from the outside and coming in, opening a door, extending a hand?

What does it really cost to say something rather than nothing, to listen rather than yelp, then decide to take action rather than holding back?

We’re living in an urgent time: a world on the brink, on the edge of possibility. We look to writers whose work reaches across our imaginary divides, who offer us ways to learn from the past and apply those lessons to the future.

How can we cross into new states of being without losing what we value? How is the threshold a gift? Let’s listen and look again at this world because it is all we have to live in.

Remica Bingham-Risher and Luisa A. Igloria
2019 Festival Directors


Free and open to the public, events will be held in the University Theatre unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Oct. 7

2:30 p.m. Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic, Dancing in Odessa)
4:00 p.m. Safia Elhillo (The January Children)
7:00 p.m. Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of)

Tuesday, Oct. 8

1:00 p.m. Deborah Wallace (HOMEsick)
2:30 p.m. Noah Renn (Sinking City) and Elaine Chapman (Hunger for Salt)
7:00 p.m. José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal)

Wednesday, Oct. 9

1:00 p.m. Mary Jean Kledzik (As If Wine Could Pour from Her Nipple) and Desiree Cooper (Know the Mother)
2:30 p.m. Xuan Juliana Wang (Home Remedies)
4:00 p.m. Chen Chen (When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities)
7:00 p.m. Elaine Castillo (America is Not the Heart)

Thursday, Oct. 10

1:00 p.m. Breena Clarke (Angels Make Their Hope Here). ODU Virginia Beach
2:30 p.m. Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley (Colonize Me) and Kent Wascom (The New Inheritors)
4:00 p.m. Philip Raisor (Headhunting and Other Sports Poems) and Renee Olander (American Dangerous)
7:00 p.m. President’s Lecture Series: Tayari Jones. Big Blue Room, Ted Constant Convocation Center

Events are free and open to the community. Free parking is available in Garage D, 1070 W. 45th St., excluding spaces marked "Reserved."

For more information, please contact the ODU Department of English at (757) 683-3991 or email

Photo by Ken Bosma

This festival is made possible in part through sponsorship by the City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Share Via

Exchange Policy

All ticket orders are nonrefundable. Exchanges may be made if requested at least two business days prior to the performance for which the ticket was purchased. Exchanges are not available for discounted tickets.

Event Location
1603 Colley Ave Norfolk, VA 23517

Open in Google Maps