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Radford celebrates fifth annual literary festival with noted authors

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Nikki Giovanni is one of three authors scheduled to appear at the Fifth Annual Highlander Literary Festival Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. in McGuffey Auditorium.

By LAURA ENDERSON
laura@southwesttimes.com

Radford University is featuring three well-known authors at this year’s Fifth Annual Highlander Literary Festival on Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. in McGuffey Auditorium.

“This event is free and open to the public, and we hope people from the surrounding communities will join us,” said English Club Advisor and Coordinator for the literary festival April Asbury. ”Readers, teachers, and writers of all kinds should find something valuable in this festival.”

The festival will begin with reading from each guest, followed by a panel discussion on how scholarships and creative work affects the perspective on local, national and global issues. Following the discussion is a reception and book-signing with the authors.

“This year’s speakers are Nikki Giovanni, John Pipkin and George Singleton,” Asbury said. ”The selection represents many different genres: poetry, novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Our guests are experienced writers and teachers with a great deal to share with the audience.”

Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. Her extensive critically acclaimed body of work includes poetry collections, edited anthologies, prose and children’s books.

Pipkin teaches at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. His award-winning novel “Woodsburner” explores a little-known incident in the life of Henry David Thoreau, recreating a time before Walden.

Singleton teaches fiction writing and editing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. Through his short and long fiction, he blends comedy and tragedy.

RU English Club, the RU Quality Enhancement Program, the RU Club Programming Committee, the Department of English, the Honors Academy and the Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center are sponsoring this event.