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44th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Literary Festival
On Campus & Online
Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM (ET)


“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.” - Haruki Murakami

In the aftermath of trauma—if it ever really ends—we are called to reckon with the past that led us to this present moment, and with the question of what futures we might make from it. Survival is triumph, but it is also a process of change, leaving us reborn to question, to celebrate, to recognize. Join us at the 44th Annual ODU Literary Festival as we celebrate writers who address the storms of past and present, and the changes wrought upon us, as we turn to face the future.

Katherine Jackson and Kent Wascom
2021 Festival Directors


All events are in University Theatre unless indicated otherwise. Follow the Literary Festival on Facebook: @ODULitFest

Sunday, Oct. 3: Opening Reception

4:00 p.m. Elaine Fletcher Chapman & Greg Larson (The Green Onion)

Monday, Oct. 4: 

2:00 p.m. Tom Lin (Virtual)
4:00 p.m. Sheri Reynolds & Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley
7:00 p.m. Gabrielle Calvocoressi (MFA Edie and Forrest White Writer in Residence)

Tuesday, Oct. 5: 

12:30 p.m. Matt Bell (Virtual)
4:00 p.m. Molly McCully Brown
7:00 p.m. Dantiel W. Moniz (Virtual)

Wednesday, Oct. 6: 

10:00 a.m. Mansoor Adayfi (Virtual)
2:00 p.m. Lynn Waltz & Amanda Galvan Huynh (Virtual)
4:00 p.m. Kareem Fahmy & students from the Dept. of Communication & Theatre Arts (Virtual)
7:00 p.m. Meredith Talusan (Virtual)

Thursday, Oct. 7: 

12:30 p.m. Lisa Beech Hartz (ODU VB)
4:00 p.m. Kelli Jo Ford (Virtual)

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

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