About

LITFest is produced by the Harvard Department of English and the Division of Arts & Humanities.

Festival Staff:

Greg Harris, and Bret Anthony Johnston, Co-Directors

Greg Harris received his MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and has taught writing at Harvard University since 2003. Editor of Pangyrusan online journal of arts and ideas, he has been recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. His audiorecording “Champion of Hot Peppers” won a 2001 National Parenting Publications Association Gold Medal for storytelling, and his translation of Seno Gumira Ajidarma's novel Jazz, Perfume, and the Incident was published as part of the Modern Library of Indonesia (2012).

Bret Anthony Johnston Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Bret is the author of Corpus Christi: Stories and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer.  His work has won honors that include The Southern Review's Annual Short Fiction Award, the Texas Institute of Letters' Debut Fiction Award, the Christopher Isherwood Prize, and the James Michener Fellowship. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and in anthologies such as The Best American Short Stories. He is a the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a National Book Award for writers under 35. 

Jack Megan, Special Advisor

Sarah Zeiser, Assistant Director

Dr. Sarah Zeiser is an Associate in Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and works in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities.  She holds a BA from Smith College and AM and PhD from Harvard University.  When not supporting the work of the humanities at Harvard or researching medieval Welsh poetry, she tries her hand at short stories.

Henry Vega Ortiz, Graphic Design 

Henry Vega Ortiz is the Undergraduate Program Assistant at the Department of English providing programmatic and administrative support. Prior to working in academia, Henry practiced interior design for 10 years designing healthcare and corporate facilities. Outside of Harvard Henry devotes his time to still life and street photography.

Emeline Atwood, Producer