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Sunday, October 1 - 11:59 pm EDT

Meeting Location:
  • In-Person

46th Annual ODU LitFest: CONNECTIONS

“After all, I absorb the world around me, and that’s changing all the time. Just as all the water that was in my body last time we met has now been replaced with new water, the things that make up me have changed too.”
— Sayaka Murata
In a time of technological advancements that seem to challenge the very nature of writing and art, we come together to reconnect and reaffirm the transformational and profoundly human act of making and experiencing the written word. Writing or reading, performing or viewing, we reach beyond ourselves and in that process are forever changed. Join us for the 46th Annual ODU Literary Festival, as we celebrate poets, novelists, memoirists, actors, directors and all those who tell the stories that link us together and change the way we understand ourselves and our world.

Dr. Luisa A. Igloria and Kent Wascom
2023 Festival Co-directors



All events are free and open to the community!

Sunday, Oct. 1: Opening Reception
4:00 p.m. The Green Onion Restaurant:
Join The Muse Writers Center and Old Dominion University to celebrate the opening of the 46th Annual ODU Literary Festival! Presenters, participants, and attendees of the festival along with students, teachers, and friends of The Muse and the ODU MFA in Creative Writing program are welcome to enjoy hors d’oeuveres and conversation (with a cash bar).
Monday, Oct. 2:
– 12:00 p.m. Chauna Craig & Jerri Dickseski Award Presentation
– 4:00 p.m. Faculty Readings: Marianne Chan and Jane Alberdeston
– 7:00 p.m. Brian Turner
Tuesday, Oct. 3:
– 12:00 p.m. Virginie Beauregard D., with Peter Schulman
– 6:00 p.m. Peter Weller
– 7:30 p.m. Screening of The New Age (1994), with Peter Weller and Kris King of the Naro Expanded Video Collection
Wednesday, Oct. 4:
-12:00 p.m. Michael Patrick Pearson
-4:00 p.m. Alumni Reading: Amanda Galvan Huynh, Richard Leise,
Bob Kunzinger, Tracy Rice Weber, Van Vaneendenburg
-7 p.m. S.A. Cosby
Thursday, Oct. 5:
– 7:00 p.m. Andrew Joseph White
Books can be purchased via and at Prince Books and Eleanor’s Bookstore.
All events are in University Theatre unless indicated otherwise.
Free parking available in Constant Center/45th Street Garage.

Please note: This class or event is in-person. Currently, you do not have to show proof of vaccination to attend events or visit our center. Please read all our re-opening guidelines and important information before you visit.