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Lex Allen Literary Festival

  • Dates: April 7, 2018
  • Times: 9:30 am
  • Admission: Free
  • Location: Hollins University
    7916 Williamson Road
    Roanoke, VA 24019
  • Phone: (540) 362-6451
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Lex Allen Literary Festival Saturday, April 7 Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center 9:30 – check-in and refreshments, second floor lobby 10:30 – reading by Jim Minick 11:30 – poetry panel discussing student-submitted work 12:45 – luncheon, Moody Dining Hall (pay at the door) 2 – reading by Cynthia Manick 3:15 – reading by Janisse Ray 4 – reception, second floor lobby The author of Blue Hallelujahs, Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with an M.F.A. in creative writing from the New School. She is a winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Clockhouse, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, St. Ann’s Review, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Jim Minick is the author of five books, including the novel Fire Is Your Water and The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family, winner of the SIBA Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award. He’s also written a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path; two books of poetry, Her Secret Song and Burning Heaven; and he edited All There Is to Keep by Rita Riddle. Minick’s work has appeared in many publications, including Poets & Writers, Oxford American, Orion, Shenandoah, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, The Sun, Conversations with Wendell Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, Appalachian Journal, The Roanoke Times, and Still. A writer, naturalist, and activist, Janisse Ray is the author of six books, including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book that was as chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read; Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home; Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land; Drifting into Darien, a personal and natural history of the Altamaha River; The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award; and a volume of poetry, A House of Branches. Ray lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability, and the politics of wholeness

Lex Allen Literary Festival