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Telling Our Story: 100 Years of Women at SMU

An evening of storytelling, socializing, and historiography was the culmination of a year and a half of planning on the part of faculty, students, and SMU’s Graduate Women’s Organization (GWO), including several members of the English Department. The labor of … Continue reading

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Lit Fest Revival Nets Pay Off for Painter

Before getting a heads-up from Department Chair Nina Schwartz about a position at the Schlager Group, Ben Painter’s post-graduation plan was to sell insurance. He didn’t even have a résumé, but he jumped at the opportunity with Schlager. Painter’s willingness … Continue reading

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Doing the Truly Important

With two published novels, a number of published works of nonfiction, a television pilot for Lionsgate, and a television series based on the protagonist of his second novel, Dean Bakopoulos is the epitome of the successful writer. Yet he never … Continue reading

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Co-opting Civil Discourse

Shannon Cain’s life as a political wife influenced her activism and her latest novel. After her former spouse shared the uncivil discourse that occurs at some city council meetings, Cain was inspired to engage in “co opting places that aren’t … Continue reading

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The New Century’s Poet

Poet Corey Marks, LitFest’s self proclaimed “local guy,” directs the creative writing program at the University of North Texas. He gifted his listeners with his first public reading from his latest book The Radio Tree. Marks says it’s tricky to … Continue reading

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Sobering Honesty, Dark Comedy

Poet Martha Rhodes grabbed her listeners’ attention during her reading and talk at LitFest, surprising them with oddly funny poems describing often serious subjects. Rhodes, an experienced figure in the literary world, read a series of poems about domestic life, … Continue reading

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Capturing the Soul

The work of Krys Lee is brutally honest. Lee, a native of Seoul, South Korea, was raised on the West Coast and studied in the US and England before returning to Korea after finishing her studies. She says, “the culture … Continue reading

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Books Create Community

Eduardo Corral, 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, confesses he lost confidence in himself as a poet while at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He stopped writing; the thought … Continue reading

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A Master of Poetical Form

It is tough to talk about the poems of Tyehimba Jess, because much of what they are is how they look on the page, and how the page looks, folded, like origami, into a 3D shape. Jess is a master … Continue reading

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Lit Fest 2012: Imagination and Fiction

This year, SMU began its three-day Literary Festival with a WordSpace collaboration and reading featuring high school students from Dallas Can Academy, Greenhill, Hockaday, Booker T. Washington Arts Academy, and Yavneh Academy. Author Amina Gautier visited the students of Dallas … Continue reading

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