22nd Annual Literary Festival at ODU: October 11-15, 1999

The Spirit of the Word

This year's literary festival was originally envisioned and shaped under the direction of poet Scott Cairns. When I took over for Scott, I tried to keep to the "spirit" of his vision and add mine to it.

All true writing -- whether nonfiction, poetry, or fiction -- should inspire. When the breath of a writer mingles with the breath of a reader, something new emerges. Literature documents, but it also discovers and enlivens, each word an exhalation that gives life to an inspirited scene, a familiar world experienced as if for the first time. True writing turns us inward and outward, to re-invent ourselves and re-create the world.

THE SPIRIT OF THE WORD

This year's festival has brought together a diverse group of writers who all share a common undertaking: they are men and women whose works invite readers to reflect on language and the heartbreaking and heartsome truths that poems and stories communicate. Breathe deeply: be inspired.

~ Michael Pearson, Director of the Festival

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Brochure: 22nd Annual Literary Festival, 1999: The Spirit of the Word, Publications Department, Old Dominion University

Rilla Askew, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Rilla Askew

Richard Chess, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Richard Chess

Rita Dove, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Rita Dove

Margaret Gibson, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Margaret Gibson

Jane Ellen Glasser, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Jane Ellen Glasser

Andrew Hudgins, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Andrew Hudgins

Luisa A. Igloria, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Luisa A. Igloria

Mike Kelly, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Mike Kelly

Erin McGraw, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Erin McGraw

E. Ethelbert Miller, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, E. Ethelbert Miller

Debra Monroe, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Debra Monroe

Jay Paul, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Jay Paul

Michael Pearson, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Michael Pearson

Janet Peery, 22nd ODU Literary Festival, Janet Peery

David Poyer, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, David Poyer

Sheri Reynolds, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Sheri Reynolds

Tim Seibles, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Tim Seibles

Fred Viebahn, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Fred Viebahn

Shelly Wagner, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival, Shelly Wagner