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Alfred University Literary Festival slated in campus facilities this weekend
3/23/10

Alfred University will host the 2010 Alfred Literary Festival (ALF) Thursday, March 25-Saturday, March 27. The AU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Division of English, the Writing Center, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, sponsor the ALF.

This year the festival will celebrate the works of Poet Jim Murphy; Rahul Mehta, visiting AU lecturer in English; Author Megan Staffel; and Dr. Ben Howard, AU professor emeritus of English.
All events are free and open to the public. The schedule for the ALF is as follows:

On Thursday, March 25 at 6 p.m. there will be a reading by Murphy in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center, followed by a 7:30 p.m. reading by Mehta.

On Friday, March 26 there will be a book signing by Staffel, Murphy, and Howard from 3-4 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Powell Campus Center. This will be followed at 6 p.m. with a keynote reading by Staffel at the Gothic Chapel, Ford Street, Alfred, near the Saxon Inn. There will also be an open mic reading sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta with Staffel from 8:30-10 p.m. in the Gothic Chapel.

On Saturday, March 27 there will be a literary roundtable discussion from 2-4 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Powell Campus Center.

Murphy is associate professor of English at the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL. His recent works have appeared in The Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, Brooklyn Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Fine Madness, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and in other journals as well as in The Memphis Sun (Kent State University Press, 2000). At ALF, he will present readings from his new book of poems, “Heaven Overland.”

Prior to working at Alfred University, Mehta most recently was a staff assistant for language and literature at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a freelance permissions manager for “Discovering Patterns in Mathematics and Poetry.” He holds a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University where he was the Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellow, and a bachelor of arts degree in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

During this year’s AFL Staffel will present her newest book, “Lessons in Another Language.” She is the author of two additional novels, “The Notebook of Lost Things” and “She Wanted Something Else,” as well as a collection of short stories titled “A Length of Wire and Other Short Stories.” Her short stories have appeared in numerous journals including The Northwest Review, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, and The Kansas Quarterly. Her stories have also been short-listed in “Best American Short Stories” and “The Pushcart Prize.” She has taught at the University of Iowa, Kansas State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Vermont College. She currently teaches in the master of fine arts program for writers at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC.

Howard earned a Ph.D. in English literature and a master of arts degree in English and creative writing, both from Syracuse University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Drake University, Des Moines, IA. He has published several works including, “Leaf, Sunlight, Asphalt,” June 2009; “Dark Pool,” 2004; “Midcentury,” 1997; and “Lentel Anniversaries: Poems 1982-1989,” 1990.

The ALF, (formally known as the Writing for Your Life Writers’ Conference) has been held at AU for more than 15 years. In recent years, both established and emerging writers have participated. More information about the visiting writers can be found at http://www.meganstaffel.c... and http://www.kennesaw.edu/k....