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Lit: The Ohio Festival of the Short Story

By Jason Gargano · May 4th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

A festival of the short story? That’s the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. Seriously. Better than the iPad.

Organized by some grad students in the University of Cincinnati’s English department, this impressively curated two-day smorgasbord kicks off 2 p.m. Friday with a panel discussion and readings by four UC grads with freshly minted books of poetry: Lesley Jenke, Amy Lemmon, Jim Murphy and Kristin Naca.

That’s followed at 7 p.m.

by readings from Chillicothe native Donald Ray Pollock, whose recent collection of short stories, Knockemstiff, was a revelation, and Margaret Luongo, whose collection If the Heart Is Lean is an occasionally surreal ride through the lives of not-so-ordinary people dealing with relationships in various states of disarray.

The festival concludes 7 p.m. Saturday with appearances by Lee K. Abbott, a prolific, highly regarded author whose most recent collection is called All Things, All at Once, and Nancy Zafris, the former fiction editor of the Kenyon Review whose collection, The People I Know, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. The Poets Homecoming takes place in Langsam Library’s Elliston Room. The short story portions occur in Room 427 of the Engineering Research Center.

The festival is free. Get event details here.



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