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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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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: Fall and Spring

Since the 1980s, SMU’s Literary Festival has fostered a sense of literary community both on the campus and in the Dallas community at large. Each spring, the festival nurtures new talent and brings together students and established writers in workshops … Continue reading

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