Aerial photograph of the Immaculate Conception Chapel

The Litfest 2013 Team

Planning for LitFest 2013 is a led by a collaborative team of faculty in the Department of English, including poet and creative coordinator Albino Carrillo; fiction writer and logistical coordinator Meredith Doench; Director of Graduate Studies, Andrew Slade; poet and Herbert W. Martin Creative Writing Fellow, Jonterri Gadson; and Department Chairperson, Sheila Hassell Hughes. A strong group of English graduate students and undergraduates (from Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, and from Orpheus) have also joined the team, working on a variety of sub-committees. Representatives from the LTC and Arts Series will be important collaborators, as well, as will local slam poets and invited writers who will be leading workshops as part of the program.  For the second time this year, we will also be working closely with the creative writing faculty from Stivers School for the Arts, Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton Early College Academy and Kettering-Fairmont High School.  

This year, our series of readings and workshops will be focused around the theme of crossing ideological, geographical, ethnic, and gender-based boundaries and "contact zones," summed up in the phrase, "Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Frontiers." We approach the planning and scheduling of LitFest 2013, which will take place April 5-6, 2013, with the goal of correlating with other UD programs and events that seek to celebrate diversity and unity.