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Little Grassy Literary Festival 2017

The Little Grassy Literary Festival is again bringing poets and writers to the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus for three days of readings, discussions and book signings.

Writers from around the country will read excerpts from their work and discuss their creative processes, challenges in writing, and how to become a professional in the field.

This year's festival features:

  • Carl Phillips, the author of eight books of poetry, including "Speak Low," which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and "Double Shadow," which was also a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
  • Brian Barker, an award-winning poet whose book "The Black Ocean" was published by SIU Press in 2011. He is a poetry editor of "Copper Nickel" at University of Colorado Denver.
  • Aja Monet is a Cuban-Jamaican poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator and human rights advocate who Harry Belafonte called "the true definition of an artist." 
  • David Winter is the award-winning author of poetry collection "Safe House."
  • Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of three short story collections and two novels, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.
  • Abby Geni is a short-story writer who teaches in Chicago.

All festival events will take place in Guyon Auditorium in SIU Carbondale's Morris Library. 

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, Campbell and Winter will read. Geni takes the stage at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 13, followed by Allison Joseph and Charif Shanahan at 2 p.m., a book signing at 3 p.m., and Monet and Phillips at 4 p.m. Barker appears at 10 a.m. Friday, April 14, and the festival ends with a discussion panel at 11:30 a.m.

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