33rd Annual Literary Festival featuring Karen Salyer McElmurray
October 30 & 31, 2014
Currently the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. writer-in-residence at Hollins University, Karen Salyer McElmurray is the author of novels and creative non-fiction works, including Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (1999), The Motel of the Stars (2008), and Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey (2004). She has recently completed a new novel entitled Wanting Inez. McElmurray serves as a faculty member for the creative writing programs at Murray State University and West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her awards include the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing and the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction. The festival includes a reading by McElmurray, three papers about her work, and a public interview with her.
32nd Annual Literary Festival featuring Richard Hague, poet & teacher
October 3 & 4, 2013
Born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, Richard Hague knows well the issues surrounding steel and coal production. Maurice Manning has identified him as ”a naturalist who comes from a landscape that has suffered the systematic removal of Nature.” Hague chronicles such loss, as well as the role community can play in mitigating it, in various genres, primarily poetry, but including creative non-fiction prose and mixed media. His collections include Ripening (2004), Possible Debris (1988), Mill and Smoke Marrow (1991), Alive in Hard Country (2003), The Time It Takes Light (2004), and Public Hearings (2009). His most recent collection of new and selected poems, During the Recent Extinctions (2012), won the Weatherford Award in Poetry from the Appalachian Studies Association. Hague’s many other awards include Co-Poet of the Year in Ohio 1985, 2003 Poetry Book of the Year from the Appalachian Writers Association, Sow’s Ear Poetry Prize, President’s Award in Poetry from Ohio Journal, and the Black Swamp Poetry Prize. Hague attended Xavier University in Cincinnati and began teaching at Purcell Marian High School in 1969. His writing program and its students have won numerous awards. Hague has also been on the faculty at Edgecliff College, Xavier University, Thomas More College, and Northeastern University. He is an active member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.