The SMU Literary Festival, an annual event celebrating good writing, will feature readings by prize-winning authors, as well as receptions, student conferences and book signings. Sponsored by the Department of English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, LitFest 2012 author readings will take place Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24. All events are free and open to the public.
“We are beyond pleased at the level of talent in our lineup this year,” said David Haynes, head of the University’s Creative Writing Program. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students and the extended SMU community.”
A look at this year’s featured writers:
- Dean Bakopoulos is the author of two novels, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon (2005) and My American Unhappiness (2011), both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts award, and is currently a visiting professor of fiction at Grinnell College in Iowa.
- Shannon Cain’s debut story collection, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, is the winner of the 2011 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Eduardo Corral‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, Huizache, Indiana Review, The Journal, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Post Road, Quarterly West, Salt Hill and Witness. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation award and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship,
- Amina Gautier is the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for her short story collection At-Risk (University of Georgia Press). Seventy of Gautier’s stories have been published, appearing in Best African American Fiction, Callaloo, Chattahoochee Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Review.
- Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” He received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 2004-5 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
- Krys Lee is the author of recently published Drifting House. Her short stories and articles have been published or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, California Quarterly, Asia Weekly and Conde Nast, UK.
- Corey Marks, editor of American Literary Review, is author of Renunciation, a National Poetry Series selection, and The Radio Tree, a Green Rose Prize winner. His poems have appeared in New England Review, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.
- Martha Rhodes is the author of four poetry collections: At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance (winner of the Green Rose Prize), Mother Quiet, and The Beds. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.