LitFest 2011

Since the 1980s, SMU’s Literary Festival has featured notable writers that include John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker, Norman Mailer, and Robert Pinsky. At last year’s event, attendees listened, lunched, and engaged in discussions with respected, award-winning writers Jill McCorkle, Tracy Daugherty, Marjorie Sandor, Phillip S. Bryant, Robin Black, Elizabeth Eslami, Robert Redick, and Mary Stewart Hammond.

“It felt more like we were all being let in on secrets than receiving advice,” Josh Duke, 2010 co-chair says. Sarah Bennett, senior English major, is chairing the 2011 event. “It takes a lot of effort to pull off an event like this,” Bennett says. “But after attending last year and hearing the authors’ engaging stories, I was inspired to become more involved.”

The mission of SMU’s Literary Festival is to bring students closer to established writers. The event, however, transcends its mission and extends the sense of literary community to the Dallas community at large. All events are free and open to the public.

“Prof. Haynes has wonderful contacts in the literary community, and we’re getting great response from some amazing writers,” Bennett says. Bennett and the students, faculty, and staff of SMU’s Department of English invite you to participate in the 2011 SMU Literary Festival that begins Thursday, March 24 and runs through Saturday, March 26.


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