Literary Festival Planned at the University of Mount Olive

Literary Festival Planned at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive English Department and Sigma Tau Delta will hold the 15th Annual Literary Festival and Poetry Slam on March 30 and 31.

Jason Mott will be the featured author.  Mott lives in southeastern NC and has a BFA in fiction, as well as an MFA in poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award, an NAACP Image Award, and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.

Mott is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…” His debut novel, The Returned, has been published internationally in over 13 languages and is a New York Times Best Seller. It was developed for television and aired for two seasons on ABC under the title Resurrection. Recently, his second novel, The Wonder of All Things, has been optioned for film by LionsGate.

Mott will present on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. The Poetry Slam will be held on Thursday, March 31, at 7 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. Students wishing to enter their original works and participate in the slam must register in advance. The prize for the winner will be $100 cash.  All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, or to register for the poetry slam, please contact Professor Lenard Moore at

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit