Northwood University to host LitFest 2012
Northwood University, WordSpace and co-sponsor Ben Fountain will host LitFest 2012 Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 11 AM- 11:50 AM in the Patterson Memorial Chapel and in the evening from 7 PM – 9:00 PM in Knights Hall in the Lambert Commons. Playwright Matt Posey will speak to the students from 11:15AM – 12:15 PM in the chapel and guests arriving in Knight Hall at 7PM will enjoy free peach cobbler, ice cream, sweet tea or longneck root beer before the readings.
In conjunction with the poetry readings the university will also host a contest for Northwood students with cash prizes and publication for winning poems, short stories and creative non-fiction essays. The winners will be announced at LitFest 2012 at 7PM in Lambert Hall. The contests will be judged by a published poet, a fiction writer and an essayist.
Day and Evening Schedule
11:15 – 12: 15 a.m. in Campus Chapel: Matthew Posey – Award Winning playwright, actor and Ochre House Theater founder and artistic director
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. in Lambert Hall: Peach cobbler, blackberry cobbler, ice cream, sweet tea and longneck Root beer
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Matt Bondurant has written three critically acclaimed novels and is a competitive long-distance swimmer. (He even swam to Alcatraz!) He is a creative writing professor at University of Texas at Dallas, and has received first-rate national press over the summer (The New Yorker, New York Times, Dallas Morning News) because a major new film (Lawless) is based on one of Matt’s novels. He will read from his new work, The Night Swimmer.
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Ben Fountain, Dallas-based attorney-turned-writer, is a nationally published novelist and essayist. Malcolm Gladwell called Ben a “late-blooming genius” in his New Yorker essay on his fiction. Ben has appeared previously at Northwood LitFest. He will read from his new novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a young war hero honored at a Dallas Cowboy’s game. The work got glowing reviews in both The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal.
8:30 – 8:50 p.m. Rockbaby and Dallas Poetry Slam Team Members close the show. Popular Dallas slam poet and comic writer, Rockbaby has become a favorite at Northwood over the past few years. This year he brings along two members of the Dallas Slam Team to close LitFest with high spirits and homeboy poems.