Mount Olive College To Hold Literary Festival And Poetry Slam

University of Mount Olive will hold its 11th annual Literary Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, March 14 and 15 in the Southern Bank Auditorium. The event will feature authors and poets, Valerie Nieman and Marjorie Hudson.

Valerie Nieman is the author of three novels, including Blood Clay; a collection of short stories, Fidelities; and a collection of poetry, Wake Wake Wake. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. Nieman has received a National Endowment of the Arts creative writing fellowship as well as grants from North Carolina, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and prizes including the Greg Grummer Prize in poetry. She graduated from West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte. A longtime newspaper reporter and editor, she now teaches writing at North Carolina A&T State University and serves as poetry editor of Prime Number magazine.
Marjorie Hudson is the author of a collection of short stories, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas (2011), and a creative nonfiction book, Searching for Virginia Dare (2007).  Her stories, essays, and poems have been included in 5 anthologies. She has won many awards and honors, including a 2012 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship.  Hudson teaches creative writing at Central Carolina Community College, and she lectures on history and creative writing through the North Carolina Humanities Council.
There will be a Poetry Slam for students and the Mount Olive Community on Thursday, March 15 at 7 PM in Laughinghouse Hall.  The winner of the event will win $100. Participants must be registered in advance, but the entrance fee of $1.00 can be paid that night. Email for an application form.
For more information about the events, contact Lenard Moore at 919-658-2502.
The event is free and open to the public and it is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary Society.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit