Schedule

Registration is Required for Attendance at Craft Talks & for Breakfast and Lunch.

Writers’ Readings are Free and Open to the Public.

9:00-9:30     Continental Breakfast and Welcome 

*If you have not purchased a breakfast ticket with your registration and would like breakfast, you may purchase a ticket at the registration desk.

[Doudna Concourse]

 9:30-10:10   Barrie Jean Borich Reading

Free and Open to the Public

[Doudna Recital Hall]

10:20-11:10  Craft Talk with Creative Nonfiction Writer Barrie Jean Borich

“Radical Surprise: On the Art of Uncertainty”

[Doudna Lecture Hall]

11:20-12:00  Lynnell Edwards Reading

Free and Open to the Public

[Doudna Recital Hall]

12:05-1:30    Lunch & Student Reading

*If you have not purchased a lunch ticket with your registration and would like lunch, you may purchase a ticket at the registration desk.

Students from nearby universities come together to present their creative work. We also will hear readings from high school students who were winners of the Young Lions Contest.

Aria Ahmer, Indiana State University

Marie Burns, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Matthew Fash, Indiana State University

Angela Fu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kelsey Gray, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Vika Mujumdar, University of Illinois at Springfield

Will Seelen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kayla Thomas, University of Illinois at Springfield

Kaitlyn Will, Eastern Illinois University

Free and Open to the Public [Doudna Concourse]

1:35-2:25       Craft Talk with Poet Lynnell Edwards

“Prose Poem”

[Doudna Lecture Hall]

2:35-3:15     Rion Amilcar Scott Reading

Free and Open to the Public

[Doudna Recital Hall]

3:25-4:15      Craft Talk with Fiction Writer Rion Amilcar Scott

“I’ll Build Me a World”

[Doudna Lecture Hall]

4:25-5:00     Editors Panel Discussion

Hear the editors of featured journals talk about the submission process, literary citizenship, and helpful dos and don’ts:  Valerie Vogrin (Sou’wester), Jodee Stanley (Ninth Letter), Bess Kosinec (Bluestem), and Woody Skinner (Bluestem).

[Doudna Lecture Hall]


The Lions in Winter Bookfair, including works by our featured writers, will run

from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon and from 2:00 to 4:30 PM, in the Doudna Concourse.

Authors will be happy to sign books throughout the day’s activities.

Free and Open to the Public.