LITFest 2015 Coming On April 27 - May 1

LITFest features internationally acclaimed authors and editors, readings of new work, panels, and hands-on workshops. Join us for a celebration of our literary community, whose vibrant past has changed the world of literature and whose current thinkers are transforming the future of writing.

  • LITFest 2015 kicks off with Claudia Rankine, author of the National Book Award finalist Citizen: An American Lyric, in a reading and conversation co-sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room.  6 p.m. Monday April 27 at Houghton Library.
  • Hear about the rise of literary television from the Emmy Award-winning creator, producer, and writer of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner.  8 p.m. Monday April 27 at the Barker Center.
  • A conversation about the writing life, including John Berendt '61, New York Times-bestselling author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • A panel on the narrative of medicine and illness featuring current Radcliffe Institute Fellow and award-winning poet and editor Meghan O'Rourke, along with Dr. Suzanne Koven (Harvard Medical School), Dr. Rafael Campo (HMS) and Prof. Karen Thornber (Comparative Literature)
  • Panels and Readings with alumni, students, and faculty
  • Creative Writing Workshops, including a session on sijo with Prof. David McCann (Korea Foundation) and a fiction workshop with Best American Short Stories series editor Heidi Pitlor
  • Literary Walking Tour of Harvard campus and historical campus with Daniel Berger-Jones


LITFest is produced by the Harvard Department of English, the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard Writers at Work, and the Office for the Arts at Harvard. With special thanks to Harvard Review, metaLAB, The Harvard Advocate, and The Nieman Foundation.