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Millikin University will host its 11th Annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest Nov. 8-9, 2013. The 2013 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives participants the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.

The 2013 Literary Festival will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 in Pilling Chapel on Millikin University's campus. The festival will continue on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with sessions in Pilling Chapel and workshops in Shilling Hall, Rooms 315 and 316.

The Literary Festival will feature a High School Writing Contest where students will have the opportunity to win scholarships to Millikin University. Millikin Scholarships will be awarded to the top three winners. Literary Festival featured writers include Eric Lundgren and Patrick Moran as well as returning Millikin alumna writer Katie Schmid Henson '06.

Eric Lundgren grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., studied at Lewis & Clark College, and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where he received a third year fellowship. His work has appeared in Tin House, Quarterly West, and Hayden's Ferry Review. His first novel, "The Facades," was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for fall 2013.

Patrick Moran is a 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of four books of poetry: "Tell a Pitiful Story," "Doppelgangster," "The Book of Lost Things," and "Rumors of Organized Crime," which won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in many journals including Prairie Schooner, Boston Review, The New Republic and The Greensboro Review. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Katie Schmid Henson's work has been published in Quarterly West, Hot Metal Bridge, Event Magazine, and Best New Poets 2009. Her manuscript recently took second place in the Santa Fe Writer's Project Poetry Awards. She received her master's degree from the University of Wyoming and won the University's Outstanding Thesis Award in 2011. Currently, she is a visiting lecturer in the Millikin University English Department.

Current Millikin faculty members and writers will also take part in the festival. Individuals interested in participating in the 2013 Literary Festival should contact Dr. Stephen Frech, Millikin associate professor of English, at 217.362.6473 or via e-mail at sfrech@millikin.edu.

For further information on the Millikin Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest, visit www.millikin.edu/literaryfestival.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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