October 28, 2015 at 3:15pm

Millikin Literary Festival features leading writers

Millikin University presents the 13th annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest Nov. 13-14, 2015. The 2015 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 students the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.

The 2015 Literary Festival will begin on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Pilling Chapel with a prose reading from featured writer Tony Bedard, and a special collage reading.

The festival will continue on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with workshops and readings in Shilling Hall, Rooms 315 and 316, and Pilling Chapel. Poetry workshops along with lectures on poetry craft and graphic novels will also be held on Nov. 14.

The Literary Festival will feature a High School Writing Contest where students will have the opportunity to win scholarships to Millikin University. All entries will be reviewed by Millikin University English faculty and the annual Literary Festival Team.

This year's Literary Festival featured writers are Tony Bedard and Matthew Minicucci.  

New York Times best-selling writer Tony Bedard has been a nonstop font of creativity for over 20 years, creating comics for DC and Marvel, writing video games for Volition, and screenwriting the animated feature "Turok Son of Stone." Known for top-tier superhero comics like "Supergirl," "Green Lantern: New Guardians," "Green Lantern Corps," and "Exiles," Bedard also wrote critical darlings like "Blue Beetle," "Great Ten," and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."

"We're pleased this year to welcome Tony Bedard and Matthew Minicucci," said Dr. Stephen Frech, Millikin associate professor of English. "Last year, our first graphic novelist at the Lit Fest drew a great crowd from among our students and people from the community. We're really happy to have another graphic novelist this year in Tony Bedard, and we hope for a similarly enthusiastic response in attendance."

Matthew Minicucci is the author of "Translation" (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including "Best New Poets 2014," "Blackbird," "Gettysburg Review," "Massachusetts Review," "The Southern Review," and "Third Coast," among others. He currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Frech noted, "We're fortunate to have both writers sharing their work and teaching at the Literary Festival this year."

Millikin faculty members Dr. Stephen Frech, Dr. Carmelia Braniger, associate professor of English, and Carmen Aravena, director of the Center for International Education, will also present their writing efforts at the festival.

Individuals interested in participating can contact Dr. Stephen Frech at 217.362.6473 or by e-mail at sfrech@millikin.edu. For further information on the Millikin Literary Festival and the High School Writing Contest, visit millikin.edu/literaryfestival.