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"Creative Migrations: New Writing from the Global Diaspora," the 27th Old Dominion University Literary Festival, featuring a variety of readings, dialogues, workshops, and conversations by nationally known authors with students and residents of Hampton Roads, will be Monday through Friday, Oct. 4-8.

The festival will be headlined by a President's Lecture Series presentation by author and essayist Richard Rodriguez, titled "Brown: The Last Discovery of America," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the North/Center cafeterias in Webb University Center, 49th Street and Bluestone Avenue. For more information, call 683-3114.

The festival kicks off with a joint reading by authors Mireille Desjarlais-Heynneman and Ron Heynneman at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in the Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, with the special participation of ODU President Roseann Runte.

Chilean poet/artist/filmmaker Cecilia Vicuna and prose/fiction writer Virgil Suarez will lead a creative writing workshop with youth participants from area schools that day at 1:30 p.m. Suarez will conduct a reading at 5 p.m. in Chandler Hall, followed by a reception and book signings at 6 p.m. Vicuna will conduct a reading there at 7 p.m.

More information on the festival is available by calling 683-3991 or on the Web at http://courses.lib.odu.edu/litfest/27th/. An exhibit of books by festival authors will be in the lobby of ODU's Perry Library.

Other readings and panels scheduled:

- Tuesday, Oct. 5
Fiction writer Nahid Rachlin, 10 a.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Old Dominion faculty members, poet Tim Seibles and dramatist Brian Silberman, 3 p.m., Webb University Center

Writer Josip Novakovich, 8 p.m., Chandler Hall

- Wednesday, Oct. 6
Fred d'Aguiar, 10 a.m., Webb Center

Panel on Alternate Diasporas, featuring Josip Novakovich, Wang Ping and Fred d'Aguiar, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Webb Center

Poet Wang Ping, 4 p.m., Chandler Hall

Novelist Nora Okja Keller, 8 p.m., Chandler Hall

Book signing, coffee and cake reception, 9:30 p.m., Diehn Composer's Room, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

- Thursday, Oct. 7
Dave Hickey, 10 a.m., Chandler Hall

Poets Jon Pineda and Aimee Nezukumatathil, 3 p.m., Chandler Hall

- Friday, Oct. 8
Poet/journalist/filmmaker/photographer Amitava Kumar, 10 a.m., Chandler Hall

Memoirist Andre Aciman, 3 p.m., Chandler Hall

Poet/novelist/artist Ana Castillo, 8 p.m., Chandler Hall.

This article was posted on: September 14, 2004

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