Tulsa LitFest 2020

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March 18, 2020

From: Tulsa LitFest

Tulsa LitFest brings together diverse literary artists and writers to collaborate and inspire, enriching the Tulsa community. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Schedule:

Thursday, April 16, 2020

3:00pm: Kendra Reynolds - TCC Phillips Auditorium, TCC Metro Campus - Moderated by Allen Culpepper

Kendra is Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at University of Tulsa and Tulsa Community College, teaching creative writing in poetry and contemporary literature. She has a research monograph entitled 'The Feminist Architecture of Postmodern Anti-Tales: Space, Time & Bodies' (2019) published by Routledge. Kendra has also published poetry in literary journals and anthologies, including The Honest Ulsterman and The Bangor Literary Journal.

7:00pm: Joy Harjo and Layli Long Soldier - OSU-Tulsa - Moderated by Lindsey Smith

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children's books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include the Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson US Artist Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Layli Long Soldier, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (and the full-length collection Whereas, which was a finalist for a National Book Award. She has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and is poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry.

Friday, April 17, 2020

8am - 5pm: Craft Talks - Pete and Pat Bartlett Tulsa Room, OSU-Tulsa Pre-Registration Required

10am: Constance Squires

Connie Squires holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma. In addition to Hit Your Brights, she is the author of the novels Along the Watchtower (Riverhead), which won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and Live from Medicine Park, a 2018 Oklahoma Book Award finalist. Her short stories have appeared in Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Shenandoah, Identity Theory, Bayou, the Dublin Quarterly, This Land, and a number of other magazines. 

1:30pm: Terese Mailhot

Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band of First Nations peoples in British Columbia. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pacific Standard, Granta, Mother Jones, Medium, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is the author of Heart Berries: A Memoir, an NPR Best Book of the Year. Her honors include  a 2019 Whiting Award and the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. She teaches creative writing at Purdue University.

3:30pm: Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips is the debut author of the nationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which is being published in twenty-two languages and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review.

7pm: Terese Mailhot in conversation with Jasha Lyons-Echohawk - OSU-Tulsa Auditorium - Moderated by Lindsey Smith

Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band of First Nations peoples in British Columbia. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pacific Standard, Granta, Mother Jones, Medium, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is the author of Heart Berries: A Memoir, an NPR Best Book of the Year. Her honors include  a 2019 Whiting Award and the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. She teaches creative writing at Purdue University.

Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk is a life-long Oklahoman and proud tribal citizen of the Seminole Nation, as well as a member of the Pawnee, Iowa, Omaha, and Creek Nations. She often speaks in Oklahoma and across the country on gender justice, community engagement, cultural and community restoration and wellness, youth leadership, women’s leadership, breast/chestfeeding advocacy, and birth justice. She currently works as the Census Community Builder with Oklahoma Policy Institute and has been selected as an inaugural fellow for NDN Collective’s NDN Changemaker fellowship for which will expand on the revitalization of the role of Native Birthworkers.

8:30pm: Tulsa Lit Fest Mini-Marathon Reading - NEFF Brewing

Whether you're a poet, essayist, storyteller, songwriter, or someone who simply enjoys sharing great literature with great people, please join us for the inaugural Tulsa Lit Fest Mini-Marathon Reading at NEFF Brewing. Any and all participants of the LitFest are invited to share their own creative pieces. Or, if you're more of a reader than a writer, you can contribute the work of an author you admire. Participants in this rapid-fire, literary sprint will each be given a strict 3 minutes to race through their chosen pieces before the next reader takes the stage.

Interested? Send an email to eric.howerton@okstate.edu with the subject line "Marathon Reading" by March 30 to be added to the list.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

11am - 4pm: Small Press Fair - Greenwood Cultural Center

The Small Press Fair is an opportunity to celebrate print with small, regional, and indie presses, as well as literary magazines and independent bookstores.  Bring your tote bag and get ready to fill it up with good reads you may not find elsewhere!

10am: Workshop - Writing About Greenwood with Quraysh Ali Lansana Pre-Registration Required

The Writing on Greenwood workshop will start with a walking tour of the Historic Greenwood District with the writing workshop to follow.

10-11am: Greenwood Walking Tour

11-11:45am: Writing Workshop

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of the poetry collections The Skin of Dreams: New and Collected Poems 1995-2018, The Walmart Republic; mystic turf, They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems, and Southside Rain. His chapbooks include reluctant minivan, bloodsoil (sooner red), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005, and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms. He has also written three children’s books, including A Gift from Greensboro and The Big World. Quraysh is also the editor of eight anthologies and is the last student of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks. He is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, a member of Tri-City Collective, and a faculty member at OSU-Tulsa.

12pm: Workshop - Let's Make Comics with Literati Press

Let's Make Comics is a free and open to all ages tutorial on the basics of sequential art led by published comic book creators along with staff from Literati Press Comics & Novels. Page layout templates designed by Natasha Alterici (Heathen) are provided as well as basic drawing materials so that artists can experiment with sequential storytelling.

2pm: Grant Snider

Grant Snider’s comics have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Kansas City Star, The Best American Comics 2013, and all across the internet. His upcoming books include I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf and What Sound is Morning? Both will be published in Spring 2020.

A collection of his comics, The Shape of Ideas, was published by Abrams ComicArts in 2017. His first children's picture book, What Color is Night?, was published by Chronicle Books in October 2019.

3:30pm: Writers on Greenwood with Lisa E. Wright and Quraysh Ali Lansana - Moderated by Sarah Beth Childers

Lisa E. Wright is a writer, PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University, and an Editorial Assistant for Cimarron Review. Her work has been published in Hippocampus Magazine, “The Muslim Journal,” and the 2017 Anthology Oklahoma Writing Project Summer Institute.

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of the poetry collections The Skin of Dreams: New and Collected Poems 1995-2018, The Walmart Republic; mystic turf, They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems, and Southside Rain. His chapbooks include reluctant minivan, bloodsoil (sooner red), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005, and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms. He has also written three children’s books, including A Gift from Greensboro and The Big World. Quraysh is also the editor of eight anthologies and is the last student of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks. He is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, a member of Tri-City Collective, and a faculty member at OSU-Tulsa.

5pm: Seven Minutes in Heaven - Tulsa Artist Fellowship // Cameron Studios, 303 N. Main Street

Join us at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship's Cameron Studios for Seven Minutes in Heaven, a reading series of short prose. Featured readers include Janine Joseph, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Alexandra Muñoz Avelar, and Karl Jones.

Each reader will present a complete story in seven minutes and one **wild-card** reader will be chosen from the crowd—it could be you! Bring your seven-minute-or-less story to the event.
Readings will begin promptly at 5:30pm: Come before to grab a snack and a drink and say hey!

7pm: Lara Prescott - OSU-Tulsa Auditorium - Moderated Jeff Martin

Lara Prescott is the author of The Secrets We Kept, a New York Times bestseller and a Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. The Secrets We Kept is Lara’s debut novel and will be translated into thirty languages and adapted for film by The Ink Factory and Marc Platt Productions. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, and Crazyhorse.

8pm: Living Arts Poetry Slam - Hosted by Tony Brinkley

Join us for Living Arts’ 27th annual Poetry Slam. Imagine: 18 verbal gladiators, standing dead center, engaged in a lyrical war of words flinging metaphors and similes, using voice and body in a name-taking battle for supremacy until there is only one poet left--the one who will be crowned CHAMPION.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

2pm: Andre Aciman - Dennis R. Neill Equality Center - Moderated by Karl Jones

Andre Aciman is the author of the memoir Out of Egypt, and of two collections of essays, False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory and Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. He has co–authored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. He is the author of five novels, Call Me by Your Name, Eight White Nights, Harvard Square,  Enigma Variations, and Find Me. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Paris Review, as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays.

3:30pm: Tulsa Reads: T-Town Poets and Writers - Duet Hosted by Eilis O'Neal and Blayklee Freed *Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Nimrod Journal and The Tulsa Voice are partnering to host a reading by local poets and fiction writers, including this year's winners of the Nimrod/The Tulsa Voice Flash Fiction Contest. Join us for an afternoon of literature by some of our most exciting local writers!

7pm: Richard Prince - Living Arts

Richard Prince blurs the boundaries between fine art and advertisement and has made his mark through the provocations of appropriation art. He has also amassed one of the most important collections of rare books associated with the Beat Generation. His latest book, Cowboy, is a new series of work, extending his preoccupation with the cowboy in the era of Instagram to demonstrate that the stakes around originality, appropriation, and truth in advertising are as high as ever.

9pm: After Party: Studio 66: Que(e)ry Edition - Club ReVue, 2008 Admiral Blvd

Date: April 16 - 19, 2020

Location: Downtown Tulsa, OK 74101.

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