Annual literary festival starts next week

By EMMA HAHN

The Arts, Language and Literature division will host its annual week-long Literary and Fine Arts Festival April 28 through May 2.

The festival is filled with events, including a poetry slam, readings and a jazz and a choir concert. The spring drama production, “The Violet Hour” kicks off the festival with performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 24-26. There will also be an 11 a.m. showing on April 25 and a 2 p.m. performance on April 27. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students with a valid ID.

Rachel Wolf, executive dean of the Arts, Language and Literature division, is looking forward to the festival.

“[The festival] sort of reflects all of the things that go on in the literary and fine arts,” she said. “It’s part of an education. Every student should have an education in the humanities, the fine arts and the literary arts.”

Wolf said the event was established in spring 2010 because she felt the need for something that tied all aspects of the department together. She said that the festival has always been well attended. Refreshments will be served at most of the events.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

Monday, April 28
9:30-10 a.m., G101 — Festival opening
10:10-11:05 a.m., G102  — David Hopkins: “Historical and Social Impact of Women Superheroes”
Tuesday, April 29
9:30-10:30 a.m., G102 — Sally Glass: Artist and founder of arts magazine Semigloss
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., G102 — Nia King: Artist and activist
12:30–1:50 p.m., G101 — Global Communications: Spanish 1411 student readings,
Comunicaciones Globales — Lecturas de los Estudiantes
5:35-7 p.m., G101  — Et Cetera Poetry Slam
Wednesday, April 30
9:05-10 a.m., G101 — International Tea Time
10:10-11:05 a.m., G101 — League for Innovation student literary competition readings
11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m., G101 — Joani P. Reese and Lynn Beighley. Reese will be reading from her second book of poems, “Dead Letters”
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., G102 — Zine Workshop with OIl and Cotton founder Shannon Driscoll and artist                     Jessica Sinks
12:30–1:30 p.m., Performance Hall — Concert: The Music of Eric Whitacre, EFC Chorus and
Weatherford College Chorus
Thursday, May 1
9:30–10:50 a.m.,  Performance Hall — Musical Theatre: “Grease”
11 a.m.–12:20 p.m.,  S100 — Faculty Readings
5:35-7 p.m. — Student Show Reception in F219; Jazz Under the Stars: EFC Jazz Ensemble in lower                  courtyard
Friday, May 2
7 p.m., Performance Hall — Theater student showcase  (Donations accepted)

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