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Alfred Literary Festival to bring award-winning writers to campus 

Katey Schultz and Tiffany Midge
Katey Schultz and Tiffany Midge

Alfred University welcomes two visiting writers to campus March 19-21 for the biennial Alfred Literary Festival, sponsored by the Division of English.


Alfred University welcomes two visiting writers to campus March 19-21 for the biennial Alfred Literary Festival, sponsored by the Division of English.

 Poet and memoirist Tiffany Midge and fiction writer Katey Schultz will read from their work and lead workshops with students, alumni, and community members at several campus events.

 Midge will read from her work on Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Scholes Library. Schultz will read from her work on Friday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m., also in Scholes Library. A reception and book signing will follow both readings.

 Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and raised in the Pacific Northwest. A former humor columnist for Indian Country Today, she taught writing and composition for Northwest Indian College. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Offing, Waxwing, World Literature Today, Lit Hub, First American Art Magazine, and more. Her books include Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s (memoir and satire) and The Woman Who Married a Bear (poetry, and winner of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Prize and a Western Heritage Award). Midge received a 2019 Pushcart Prize, and was awarded a 2019/20 Simons Public Humanities Fellowship from University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities. She aspires to be the distinguished writer in residence in Seattle's Space Needle. 

Katey Schultz is the author of the novel Still Come Home and the short story collection Flashes of War, which The Daily Beast praised as an “ambitious and fearless” collection. Honors for her work include the Linda Flowers Literary Award, Doris Betts Fiction Prize, IndieFab Book of the Year from Foreword Reviews, a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America, four Pushcart nominations, and writing fellowships in eight states. She lives in Celo, North Carolina, and is the founder of Maximum Impact, a transformative mentoring service for creative writers that has been recognized by both CNBC and the What Works Network.

 Other Alfred Literary Festival events a literary roundtable discussion at the Powell Campus Center Alumni Lounge at 12:30-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.