April 11, 2016

Little Grassy Literary Festival opens Wednesday

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The eighth annual Little Grassy Literary Festival takes place later this week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

The Graduate Writers Forum presents the free festival, one of two hosted at the university, as a way of bringing up-and-coming writers to campus for readings, panels and informal discussion. 

All events take place in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, April 13

8 p.m. – Aimee Nezhukumatathil reading

Thursday, April 14

11 a.m. -- Discussion panel and Q&A

2 p.m. – Gregory Kimbrell reading

3:30 p.m. – Book signing and reception

5 p.m. – Danielle Evans reading

Friday, April 15

11 a.m. – Roger Reeves and Micah Dean Hicks readings 

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three poetry collections: “Lucky Fish,” “Miracle Fruit” and “At the Drive-in Volcano,” and she’s the poetry editor for Orion Magazine. She is professor of English at the State University of New York-Fredonia. 

Gregory Kimbrell is the author of “The Primitive Observatory,” winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, a collaboration of SIU Press and the Crab Orchard Review, an international journal that calls SIU home. He is events and programs coordinator for Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries. 

Danielle Evans is the author of “Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self,” and she is on the literature and creative writing faculty at American University. 

Roger Reeves is the author of the poetry collection “King Me,” and is assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Micah Dean Hicks is author of the story collection “Electricity and Other Dreams,” winner of the New American Fiction Prize (judged by SIU alum Benjamin Percy). He is assistant professor of English at Arkansas Tech University.