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'Writers in Peace and War' is Theme for 2009 Literary Festival

Mark Bowden, 2009-2010 President's Lecture Series Speaker

"Writers in Peace and War" is the theme for ODU's 32nd Annual Literary Festival, which runs from Tuesday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 9.

Using the light of literature to examine the theme of war and peace, the writers, veterans, visual artists and photographers participating in this year's festival will share their stories in an attempt to map out the complex landscape from World War II through the present.

Events for Thursday, Oct. 8

12:30 p.m. Lesléa Newman, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

  • Newman is the author off 55 books for adults and children, including the short story collection, "A Letter to Harvey Milk;" the poetry collection, "Nobody's Mother;" and the children's classic, "Heather Has Two Mommies." Her literary awards include creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and a Parents' Choice Silver Medal. She is the Poet Laureate of Northhampton, Mass.

2 p.m. David Poyer, University Village Bookstore

  • Poyer, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and captain in the Navy, writes contemporary works of literature, novels of the modern Navy and Marine Corps, and historical novels about the Civil War at sea. He was a founding editor of the New Virginia Review and a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Currently he teaches in the creative writing MA/MFA program at Wilkes University and is on the board of the Library of Virginia.

7 p.m.  - Reception, Atrium of Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building

7:30 p.m.  - Mark Bowden, North Cafeteria, Webb University Center

  • Bowden, an Atlantic Monthly national correspondent, is an author, journalist, screenwriter and teacher. His book "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War" - an international bestseller that spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list - was a finalist for the National Book Award. Bowden also worked on the screenplay for "Black Hawk Down," a film adaptation directed by Ridley Scott.

For a full schedule of events and list of participants, visit http://www.lib.odu.edu/litfest/32nd/index.htm.

Follow a live blog about the literary festival at www.altdaily.com.

The Old Dominion University Literary Festival is funded in part by the Norfolk Commission on Arts and Humanities.

This article was posted on: October 8, 2009

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