October 07, 2013

Literary festival brings together top authors

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The winners of the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards will highlight the annual Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The literary festival, which runs Oct. 16-18, features readings, writer panels, and book signing receptions. All of the events are in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library.

Grassroots, the undergraduate literary magazine for SIU Carbondale, hosts and organizes the festival.  The contest recognizes poetry and prose writing published in the preceding year.  Award winners participate in the literary festival and receive a $1,000 honorarium.

This year’s award winners are poet Stevie Edwards and prose writer Mark Brazaitis.

Edwards, a lecturer at Cornell University, is the author of “Good Grief,” her debut poetry collection. Her book also earned an Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Prize for Poetry.

Brazaitis, who has several books and short story collections to his credit, earned the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award for “The Incurables.”  An English professor, Brazaitis also directs the creative writing program at West Virginia University.

Other writers visiting during the festival are L. Annette Binder, Miles Harvey, Audrey Petty, Jeffrey Skinner, and Jason Sommer.

Visit grassroots.siu.edu/dkhome.html for more information and a full schedule of events.