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AU hosts annual literary festival featuring readings, workshops
3/27/12

Alfred University will host its annual Alfred Literary Festival (ALF) Thursday, March 29 - Saturday, March 31 at various locations around campus. All events will be open to the public free of charge.

This year’s festival will feature readings, workshops, and discussions with prominent authors Sandra Beasley and Ed Falco as well as several other local authors.

ALF will kick off Thursday, March 29 with a poetry and nonfiction reading by Beasley at 5:30 p.m. in the Knight Club at Powell Campus Center. Beasley is the author of poetry collections "I Was the Jukebox," winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and "Theories of Falling," winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, as well as her recently published memoir, "Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life." She will read from both genres, with a reception and book signing following.

The festival will continue Friday, March 30 with a fiction reading by Falco at 5:30 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall. Falco has written several novels and short works of fiction, including short story collection "Burning Man" and his upcoming prequel to Mario Puzo’s "Godfather" saga, "The Family Corleone."

Falco has also written several plays, and currently serves as the director of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) master of fine arts program and editor of The New River, an online journal of new media writing.

Falco will read from his work on Friday evening, with a reception and book signing following.
Also on Friday evening will be an open mic reading for all creative works of fiction and nonfiction at 7:30 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall.

ALF will conclude Saturday, March 30 with an informal roundtable discussion and book signing with Beasley, Falco and local authors Ben Howard and Rahul Mehta at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge at Powell Campus Center.

Howard is a professor emeritus of English at Alfred University. He holds a master of arts degree in English and creative writing as well as a Ph.D. in English literature from Syracuse University. He has published several collections of poems and essays and has received a number of honors and awards, including the 1998 Excellence in Teaching Award from Alfred University, the NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and the Milton Dorfman Prize in Poetry.

Mehta is a visiting lecturer in English at Alfred University. He earned a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University, where he was the Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellow. His essays and works of fiction have been published in prominent newspapers and journals including The New York Times and The Kenyon Review. Mehta was recently named one of Out Magazine’s Out 100 honorees for 2011. He is currently in the process of finishing his first novel.