Harvard LITFest 2015 ~ April 27 - May 1

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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.
  • Matthew Weiner, Emmy Award-winning creator, producer, and writer of Mad Men,  discusses the "Rise of Literary Television,"  8 p.m. Monday, April 27 in Sever Hall.
  • "Patients, Doctors, and Stories: Intersections of Literature and Medicine" featuring current Radcliffe Institute Fellow and award-winning poet and editor Meghan O'Rourke, along with writers Dr. Suzanne Koven and Dr. Rafael Campo (Harvard Medical School), and Prof. Karen Thornber (Comparative Literature).  12 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Barker Center.
  • A workshop in Korean sijo poetry, with Dr. David McCann, translator and poet.
  • A conversation about the writing life, including John Berendt '61, New York Times-bestselling author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  3 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at the Arts Cafe at Barker.
  • Panels and Readings with alumni, students, and faculty
  • Creative Writing Workshops, including spoken-word poetry with Harvard Speak Out Loud and fiction writing with Best American Short Stories series editor Heidi Pitlor
  • Literary Walking Tour of Harvard and the Square with Daniel Berger-Jones (daily, meets at the Coop Bookstore).  Also experience Harvard Yard in the company of poets past and present with re~verse, an iOS app and participatory sound installation made by artist Halsey Burgund in collaboration with the Woodberry Poetry Room and metaLAB at Harvard. 

* All events are free and open to the public!

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