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


Mike Kelly, 22nd Annual ODU Literary Festival


Mike Kelly

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center

Author/Artist Bio

Mike Kelly has worked a The Bergen Record in northern New Jersey for 24 years, the last 12 as a columnist. He has written about topics as diverse as Cuban refugees in Guantanamo Bay, terrorists in Northern Ireland and AIDS victims in East Africa. He has taken the controls of an Air Force F-16, walked the Broadway stage where "Chorus Line" was performed for 15 years, and witnessed a Ku Klux Klan cross burning. His interview subjects range from presidential candidates to the real "Soup Nazi" who inspired the famous "Seinfeld" episode. His 1995 non-fiction book, Color Lines: The Troubled Dreams of Racial Harmony In An American Town, was called "American journalism at its best" by the Washington Post, and a "stunning piece of American social history" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author J. Anthony Lukas.


Kelly read on Tuesday, October 12th, 1999 at 11:00 a.m.

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