The Holy Cross College English Department will host a Literary Festival week February 20-23, 2017, on the Holy Cross College and University of Notre Dame campuses. Events will include readings by Holy Cross faculty members, local authors, and students. All events are free and open to the public.
The Literary Festival will kick off at Holy Cross College on Monday, February 20, at 7 p.m. Professors Melanie Page, Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., and Brother George Klawitter, CSC, will read selections from their published books. Page is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame MFA program and teaches literature and writing courses in the English and First Year Seminar programs at Holy Cross. She is the creator of the online book review blog Grab the Lapels and has had fiction published in sundry venues, most notably Mutilations on a Theme: An Anthology of the Best Innovative College Writing. Dr. Hamilton earned his Ph.D. in Spanish with a minor in American Literature at Indiana University. He currently teaches in the Spanish department at Holy Cross and has recently released a poetry collection, Slow Wind. Br. George taught English and served for many years as Chair of English at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. He teaches literature and creative writing courses at Holy Cross College and has published numerous books of poetry include Let Orpheus Take Your Hand, Country Matters, and Gareth. His most recent book is Early Men of Holy Cross, one of several books he has written about early Holy Cross Brothers in Indiana and in Algeria.
On Tuesday, February 21, at 7 p.m., Holy Cross College will host two local writers. Asali Kelly is a community activist and writer interested in breaking racial stereotypes. Committed to exploring race and gender, she leads regional writing support groups for at-risk populations. Steve Carlsen is an Army combat veteran with multiple overseas tours. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed to Kosovo and Afghanistan. He uses the written word to reflect on life and service to country and recently completed a novel written from the perspective of an Iraqi soldier.
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, author Michael Collins, Ph.D., will be at the University of Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore. Dr. Collins, who also teaches in the English department at Holy Cross College, will read selections from his most recent novel and work produced under his direction by students from the Westville Education Initiative. An Irish immigrant, Dr. Collins is the author of ten works of fiction translated into 22 languages. His novel The Keepers of Truth was a finalist for The Man Booker Prize. A recipient of numerous New York Times Notable Book of the Year awards, Collins has also won the Irish Novel of the Year and French Novel of the Year. Dr. Collins is also a world-class endurance runner, and he earned a bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships 100K.
The final event of the week will be a student Open Mic Night on Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross College. All Holy Cross, Notre Dame, and Saint Mary’s College students are invited to read their own original creative work. Readers will also present work by students from the Westville Education Initiative.
All Holy Cross events will take place at 7 p.m. in Vincent Hall at Jazzman’s Café, which will open at 6:30 p.m. for service. The Notre Dame reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Hammes Bookstore on the Notre Dame campus, and a reception will follow.