Jessica Hagedorn, 19th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Author/Artist Bio

Jessica Hagedorn Born and raised in the Philippines, Jessica Hagedorn is well-known as a performance artist, poet, and playwright. She is the author of the novel Dogeaters (Penguin), which was nominated for the National Book Award. Hagedorn wrote the screenplay for Fresh Kill, an independent first feature film directed and produced by Shu Lea Cheang and has collaborated on film projects, Color Schemes and Those Fluttering Objects of Desire. Her multimedia theater pieces include Teenytown, The Art of War: Nine situations, and Holy Food. Hagedorn is the recipient of a 1994 Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers Award, and a 1995 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. Her new novel, The Gangster of Love has been recently released by Houghton Mifflin.


Hagedorn read on Friday, October 11, 1996 at the Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center in Norfolk, Virginia at 8:15 pm.


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