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Reading by Lynn Waltz & Amanda Galvan Huynh

Literary Festival
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM (ET)

Lynn Waltz is a writer, journalist, and professor of journalism at Hampton University. She is the author of Hog Wild: The Battle for Workers’ Rights at the World’s Largest Slaughterhouse, which exposes 16 years of labor law violations by Smithfield Foods. Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, her work freed a wrongly imprisoned man and exposed abuses by a Virginia legislator. Her feature about a death row chaplain was judged among the top three newspaper stories in the country. Her story about a wrongly convicted student won first place in news writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She is a graduate of Old Dominion’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Amanda Galvan Huynh is a Mexican American writer and educator from Texas. She is the author of Lotería (Sundress Publications, 2022), Songs of Brujería (Big Lucks, 2019) and Co-Editor of Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making: An Anthology of Essays on Transformative Poetics (The Operating System, 2019). Her writing has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and others. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University, and she is a doctoral student in English at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

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

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