DECATUR-- Millikin University will host its 10th annual Literary Festival from Nov. 8 – 10. The 2012 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives participants the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.
The Literary Festival will feature a High School Writing Contest where students will have the opportunity to win scholarships to Millikin University. Millikin Scholarships will be awarded to the top three winners. Literary Festival featured writers include Jeffrey Allen, Joseph Bonomo, John Dalton, Lucas Hirsch, Nils Michals, Anna Moschovakis, Aubrey Ryan, and Katie Schmid.
Jeffrey Allen is the author of Simple Universal (Bronze Man Books, 2007). He holds a master’s degree in poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where he currently teaches. His poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, CutBank, H_NGM_N, Another Chicago Magazine, Forklift Ohio and Clementine. He is the poetry editor of Phantom Limb, an online poetry magazine.
Joe Bonomo's collection of essays, This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began, won the Orphan Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award and will be published by Orphan Press in 2013. His books include Conversations With Greil Marcus (editor), AC/DC's Highway to Hell, Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, Installations, and Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America's Garage Band. Born and raised in suburban Washington D.C., he lives in DeKalb, Ill., and is an assistant professor of English at Northern Illinois University.
Millikin faculty members and writers Dr. Stephen Frech, Dr. Randy Brooks, Dr. Carmella Braniger and Carmen Aravena will also take part in the festival. Individuals interested in participating in the 2012 Literary Festival should contact Dr. Stephen Frech at 217.362.6473 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the Millikin Literary Festival and the High School Writing Contest, visit www.millikin.edu/literaryfestival.