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Writers & Scholars Series

Literary Citizenship Festival

At the very end of January 2015, Otterbein will host a Literary Citizenship Festival: an interactive series of readings and discussions about what it means to build a literary life. The festival will feature some of the Creative Writing Program's most successful recent alumni, all of whom will read from their work, participate in an "Inside the Writer's Studio" live interview, and lead our explorations in the Literary Citizenship Symposium.

Jen Knox

Jen Knox

Creative Writing '07

Jen Knox is a regular contributor to Fiction Southeast and the author of Don't Tease the Elephants, a fiction chapbook with Monkey Puzzle Press.  Her work has been recognized with several awards and published in over sixty print and online journals.

Becca Lachman

Becca J. R. Lachman

Creative Writing '04

Becca J.R. Lachman is author of Other Acreage (forthcoming, Gold Wake, 2015); A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (ed., Woodley Press, 2013); The Apple Speaks (Cascadia, 2012).  She is recipient of a 2011 Otterbein Young Alumni Award.

Ladan Osman

Ladan Osman

Creative Writing '06

Ladan Osman is the author of The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.  Her chapbook, Ordinary Heaven, was published by Slapering Hol Press in 2014.  Osman has also been award several prestigious fellowships in the arts.

Jenn Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Creative Writing '07

Jennifer Roberts' latest play, The Killing Jar, was a Dayton Playhouse FutureFest finalist in 2014.  She is also the writer of Beekeeper (Virago Theatre Company, 2011), Factory Farm: A Documentary, which was staged for a Washington, DC Planned Parenthood benefit, and numerous short plays staged in the San Francisco Bay area.

Festival Schedule

All events are free and open to the public. Students enrolled in ENGL-prefixed classes can earn co-curricular credit for attending/participating in the festival. 

Thursday, January 29

Friday, January 30

  • "On the Joys & Responsibilities of Being a Writer in Our Times" ~ 9:00 am-12 ~ Riley Auditorium (this event is designed for visiting high school students, though Otterbein students and faculty are welcome to attend)
  • Readings & Inside the Writer's Studio with Jen Knox and Becca J. R. Lachman ~ 7-8:30 pm ~ Philomathean Room (3rd floor of Towers Hall)

Saturday, January 31

  • Literary Citizenship Symposium ~ 1-4:00 pm ~ Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview)
  • Readings & Inside the Writer's Studio with Ladan Osman and Jennifer Roberts ~ 7-8:30 pm ~ Riley Auditorium
  • Closing Reception ~ 8:30-9:30 pm ~ RIley Auditorium Lobby

Recent Visiting Writers & Scholars

Each year, the English Department hosts internationally-renowned writers and literary scholars who hold open class sessions, meet one-to-one with Literary Studies and Creative Writing students, and present their creative and scholarly work for the department, campus community, and general public. In recent years, we've partnered with Humanities Advisory, the Artists Series, and the Westerville Public Library to bring host visitors such as: 

- Mark Doty (2010)                  - Stacy Alaimo (2013) 
- Stephen Asma (2011)   - Alison Bechdel (2013)
- Christopher Merrill (2011)   - Over the Rhine (2013)
- Debra Moddlemog (2011)   - Lennard Davis (2014)
- Dorothy Allison (2012)   - Kenneth Goldsmith (2014) 
- Terry Castle (2012)   - Mat Johnson (2014) 

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  • Students Jeff Kintner (l) and Jess Bryant (r) with Visiting Writer Dorothy Allison before their live interview for Inside the Writer's Studio (2012).
  • Visiting Writers Linford Detweiler & Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine discuss the intersections of poetry and songwriting (2013).
  • Alison Bechdel refers to her work during a discussion with the Bechdel Book Club (2013).
  • Visiting Writer Alison Bechdel reads from her graphic narrative, Are You My Mother? (2013).
  • The Writers & Scholars Series audience fills Riley Auditorium for a visitor's presentation (2012).
  • Mat Johnson

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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