46th Annual Literary Festival at ODU: October 1-5, 2023


Michael Patrick Pearson, 46th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theatre

Author/Artist Bio

Michael Patrick Pearson, for many years a professor of creative writing and literature at Old Dominion University, has published essays and reviews in The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Southern Literary Journal, Shenandoah Review, Chautauqua, The Morning News, Creative Nonfiction, The New York Journal of Books, and others. He is the author of many books – among them Imagined Places: Journeys into Literary America (1991 –a NYT Notable Book), Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx (1999),Innocents Abroad Too (2008 -- a narrative about two journeys around the world by ship), Reading Life -- On Books, Memory, and Travel (2015), and Shohola Falls (2003 -- a coming-of-age novel that imagines the hidden life of Mark Twain and the journal of Thomas Blankenship (the real-life Huck Finn). His new book, The Road to Dungannon (2023), is a narrative about his maternal grandfather, Irish history and literature, and the writer's travels around the island. Willie Morris, the former editor of Harper's, said, "Michael Pearson is one of our nation's finest memoirists."


The reading took place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 12 p.m. in the University Theatre at Old Dominion University.

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