UMO Set to Host 17th Annual Literary Festival

UMO Set to Host 17th Annual Literary Festival

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Department of English is set to host its 17th annual Literary Festival on March 14, 15, and 16.


The festival will begin on Wednesday, March 14, with a panel discussion entitled “Where we Find Voice: Writers and Editors on the Intersection of Craft and Opportunity.” The panelists will include Margaret Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature and Distinguished Professor at Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, and author of A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara and Her Literary Daughters; Anna Lena Phillips Bell, senior lecturer at UNC Wilmington, editor for Lookout Books and Ecotone, and author of the poetry collection, Ornament; and Elizabeth Hudson, Editor-in-Chief of Our State magazine and author of How to Collect a Life. The panel event will begin at 7 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium located in Raper Hall.


On Thursday, March 15, beginning at 9:30 AM discussion events will be held regarding publishing and creative careers.  This presentation will give participants a glimpse into the world of magazines, small presses, and movies. The event will continue during the afternoon with readings by UMO students. Students who have published works in UMO’s literary magazine, The Olive Press, Sophia Potts Writing Contest recipient, and others will share their works. This event will begin at 4 PM in the Hennessee Room located in the Murphy Regional Center.


On Friday, March 16, fourth grade students and teachers from Carver Elementary will attend workshops for celebrating reading, writing, and the arts. The events will be by invitation only. All other events are free and open to the public.


For more information, contact Dr. Jill Gerard at


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