Literary Octoberfest to be held at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross will host its third annual Literary Octoberfest, a weeklong celebration of writing during the week of Oct. 18, with readings each night at 7 p.m. in the Browsing Room of the Dinand Library.  Sponsored by the Jenks Chair, English department, and the Office of the President, all readings are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 18-Linda McCarriston, author of Eva-Mary and Talking Soft, will give a reading.  This event is co-sponsored by Women's Studies.

Oct. 19-Rosanna Warren, author of Stained Glass and Each Leaf Shines Separate, will give a reading.  Winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize and the Lavan Younger Poets Prize, she is an associate professor of English and modern foreign languages and an associate university professor of education at Boston University.

Oct. 20-Edmund Keeley, author of School for Pagan Lovers, A Wilderness Called Peace, and Inventing Paradise, will give a reading.  He is also the author of many books of translations, including Six Poets of Modern Greece and The Essential Cavafy.

Oct. 21-Peter Johnson, Christopher Jane Corkery and Greg Glazner will give readings.  Johnson, author of Pretty Happy! and editor of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, is a professor in the English department at Providence College.  Corkery, a lecturer in the English department at Holy Cross, is the author of Blessing.  Glazner, an associate professor of humanities and co-director of the creative writing program at the College of Santa Fe, is the author of The Man in the Iron Chair and Singularity and the winner of the Walt Whitman Award.

Oct. 22-Aleš Debeljak and Kevin Bowen will give readings.  Debeljak, author of Anxious Moments, The City and the Child, and Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia, is on the faculty at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Bowen, author of Playing Basketball with the Vietcong and editor of Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948-1993, is the director of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.