Friday, April 05 - Saturday, April 06
LitFest 2019: Words Renewed, Worlds Reimagined
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Humanities Center and Adele Center
Cost: Free and open to the public

University of Dayton’s Department of English presents its Annual LitFest featuring Poet, Librettist, Scholar, and Essayist, Herbert W. Martin.

On Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, 2019, the University of Dayton will salute the literary tradition with its 17th annual LitFest, “Words Renewed, Worlds Reimagined,” a collection of events to highlight reading, writing, spoken word, and performance. It opens on Friday evening, April 5, with a celebration of poet Herbert W. Martin.

Dr. Herbert Martin is known throughout the world as a foremost scholar and thespian on the work of another Dayton poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Martin is the author of over eight volumes of poetry and a librettist. His newest work, The Shape of Regret, will be published in September 2019 by Wayne State University Press.

Dr. Martin’s reading will be in Sears Recital Hall, Philips Humanities Center, University of Dayton, on Friday, April 5, 2019. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a “meet and greet.” Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Dr. Martin will read from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Sears Recital Hall. Afterward, he will sign books in the lobby.

On Saturday, April 6 “Words Renewed, Worlds Reimagined” will host three workshops in flash fiction, poetry, and slam poetry for University of Dayton students and the Miami Valley community. Workshops take place in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. Check-in begins at 9:30 am.

In the evening, English faculty lecturer, and poet, Adam Williams will host an open mic reading event, from 5-7 p.m., in the newest building on the University of Dayton’s campus in the south student neighborhood, the Adele Center. It is co-hosted by Orpheus, UD’s student-run art and literature magazine and held in the McGinnis Room.

LitFest will close with its most popular event, a poetry slam hosted by the DAYTON POETRY SLAM, from 8-10 p.m., in the Adele Center, McGinnis Room.

The schedule for the UD English Department’s 17th annual LitFest "Words Renewed, Worlds Reimagined" is below. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, April 5

Opening Night Reading: Dr. Herbert W. Martin, Poet
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Sears Recital Hall, Philips Humanities Center

Saturday, April 6

Workshops, April, 6 Check-in
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Humanities Center Room 257

Flash Fiction and Micro Fiction with Jenna DeGruy
10 - 11:15 a.m.

Pizza Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Poetry with Jamey Durham
1 - 2:15 p.m.

Slam Poetry with Lincoln Schreiber
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Open Mic
Adele Center, McGinnis Room
5 - 7 p.m.

The Dayton Poetry Slam
Adele Center, McGinnis Room
8 - 10 p.m.


Contact Information:
Name: Albino Carrillo, Department of English