Visiting Writers To Be Showcased At OU Spring Literary Festival

Mitchell Kinnen

Updated Mon, May 7, 2012 9:33 am
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Mon, May 7, 2012

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Denise Duhamel
Wendy McVicker and David Wanczyk talk with Denise Duhamel

On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, Wendy McVicker and David Wanczyk talk with Denise Duhamel, one of the five visiting writers at the 2012 Ohio University Spring Literary Festival.

Presented by the Program for Creative Writing at Ohio University and supported by Arts for Ohio, the festival will run from Wed. May 9 through Friday, May 11, with Thursday's and Friday’s events taking place in the Baker University Center Theater. 

The highlight of the festival is a series of presentations by five renowned writers. Joining Duhamel will be Terrance Hayes, Amy Hempel, Richard Rodriguez and Susan Orlean. 

David Wanczyk is a creative writing and composition instructor at Ohio University and the coordinator for Special Programs within the English Department.

Wanczyk believes that the festival, which originated in 1986, has become an event for more than just English majors and literature enthusiasts. 

"It’s really become, I think, an institution, both in the university and the community. And it’s just really fun," he said.

This year's festival includes a National Book Award winner, a New York Times Top Ten Books author, a prestigious non-fiction writer and a well-known essayist.

Wanczyk thinks the presentations will have a wide appeal, offering Athenians a glimpse into the inner-workings of successful writers.

"You know, writers are charming," he said. "It’s good to see both the artistic and the working writer in the same person, sharing their experiences."

The festival is free and open to the public. Visit for a complete schedule.  

Slideshow: 2012 Ohio University Spring Literary Festival


Terrance Hayes

Amy Hempel

Richard Rodriguez

Susan Orlean