Literary Festival

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 (All day) to Friday, November 9, 2018 (All day)

Carroll College is hosting its annual Literary Festival, November 8-9. Sponsored by the Carroll Department of Languages and Literature, the literary festival theme, “Our Words, Our Power” is inspired by the writing of John Bryant, who has written extensively about “fluid texts” which evolve over time, and is the author of numerous books and articles on Melville. Dr. Bryant will be delivering the keynote lecture, “Word, Power, Bartleby: Reading Melville in the Digital Age,” on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m.

All events are free and the Helena community is encouraged to attend.

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 5

A Reading of Her Own
5:00-8:30 p.m., Staggering Ox - Red Atlas, 400 Euclid Ave, Helena
A community and Carroll collaboration where a diverse collection of local female writers share short, creative essays on their lives and experiences.

Thursday, November 8

Poetry SLAM
5:00-6:45 p.m., Trinity Hall Lounge, Carroll College
Competition with prizes for poetry performers.

Keynote Address with John Bryant: "Word, Power, Bartleby: Reading Melville in the Digital Age"
7:00-8:30 p.m., Trinity Hall Lounge, Carroll College

Keynote lecturer Dr. John Bryant will present "Word, Power, Bartleby: Reading Melville in the Digital Age," which explores the question: What relevance does a famous nineteenth-century writer like Herman Melville – author of Moby-Dick and “Bartleby the Scrivener”– have for us in the twenty-first century?

John Bryant, founder and director of the online resource the Melville Electronic Library and Professor Emeritus of English at Hofstra University, has written extensively about “fluid texts,” which evolve over time. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Melville, the founding editor of Leviathan: The Journal of Melville Studies, and the editor of print and electronic editions of several Melville works, including Moby-Dick, Typee, and The Confidence-Man. Currently John is at work on a multi-volume biography titled Herman Melville: A Half-Known Life

Friday, November 9:

Panels & Presentations (see below)
9:00-11:30 a.m., Fortin Science Center Scola, Carroll College

Students, faculty and community members read fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and literary criticism.

Lunch Presentation: Lorna Milne on Evelyn Cameron
12:00-1:00 p.m., Fortin Science Center Scola, Carroll College
Lorne Milne is a part-time instructor in the Carroll English Department. The Montana Center for the Book recently selected her book as the state's contribution to the National Book Festival's "52 Great Reads." Lorna's recent book is a biography of Montana photographer Evelyn Cameron, titled “Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie.”

Panels & Presentations (see below)
1:30-4:30 p.m., Fortin Science Center Scola, Carroll College
Students, faculty and community members read fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and literary criticism.

Flash Fiction Workshop
4:00-5:00 p.m. Fortin Science Center Scola, Carroll College
Work with faculty and seniors of the Carroll College English department to create a short piece of fiction. Best story receives a prize.

Panels & Presentations

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Session 1 – 9:00-10:00 a.m., “Education: Race, Sex, and Philosophy”

  • Kristina McGee: Paper on The Role of American Indian Literature in The Classroom
  • Meghan Fellows: “Vaginas vs. Men: The Supreme Court Case We Deserve”
  • Sabrina Crooks: “Synthetic Essay on Boethius and Augustine”

Session 2 – 10:15-11:15 a.m., Frankenstein Panel

  • Featuring: Dr. Kay Satre, Dr. Dean Pavlakis and Emily Holland. 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's novel. Discussing race and other historical/societal issues. 

Session 3A – 1:30-2:30 p.m., “Our Words, Their Wounds: Immigration and Health in the United States”

  • Mariah Swenson: Perceptions or Reality? U.S. Portrayals of Mexican Immigrants vs. Mexican Immigrant Literature
  • Bret Charlton: Borders to Barriers: How Language Affects the Home Life of Mexican-Americans
  • Hannah Mikesell: “Cost of Insulin in the United States”
  • Kelsey Blackaby: “Out of the Water”

Session 3B – 1:30-2:30 p.m., “Trauma, PTSD, and Recovery Through Literature and Writing”

  • Dani Marietti: Paper on Trauma Literature
  • Teruo Chinen: "Deschutes River Steelhead"
  • Jennifer Pyle: “Three Envelopes in the Desert”
  • S. Brown: Various Poems

Session 4A – 2:45-3:45 p.m., “Our Love, Our Loss”

  • Isabella Minudri: Collection of Poems and Short Stories
  • Gavin Cummings: “Bean City”
  • Ronald Stottlemeyer: Collection of Poems
  • Kylee Bailey: Collection of Poems

Session 4B – 2:45-3:45 p.m., “A Few Last Words”

  • Katie Perrigot: Paper on Graphic Novels
  • Brian D’Ambrosio: Collection of Poems
  • Ross Nelson: “North American Book of the Dead”
  • Old Man Ben: “What's Lost”

Questions?

Email litfest@carroll.edu for more information.

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