The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor literary journal,

Windhover, will host its Writers’ Festival from Wednesday, February 5, to

Friday, February 7, in the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center on

the UMHB campus. This annual event is free and open to the public. This

year’s festival includes presentations and workshops by notable authors

and poets, including Bret Lott, Gina Ochsner, and Benjamin Myers. Lott is

the bestselling author of fourteen books, most recently the nonfiction

collection Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian and

the novel Dead Low Tide. His novel Jewel was an Oprah Book Club pick. His

work has appeared in The Yale Review, The New York Times, The Georgia

Review, and dozens of anthologies. His honors include being named

Fulbright Senior American Scholar and writer-in-residence to Bar-Ilan

University in Tel Aviv, Israel; speaking on Flannery O’Connor at The White

House; and having served as a member of the National Council on the Arts

from 2006 to 2012. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Hanahan, South

Carolina. Gina Ochsner lives in Keizer, Oregon, and teaches with Seattle

Pacific’s Low Residency MFA program and at Corban University.  She is the

author of the short-story collections The Necessary Grace to Fall and

People I Wanted to Be, as well as the novel The Russian Dreambook of Color

and Flight, which was long-listed for the Orange Award.  She is currently

working on a new novel set in eastern Latvia. Benjamin Myers’ latest book

is Lapse Americana. He won the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry for his

first book, Elegy for Trains. His poems have appeared in many journals,

including Poetry Northwest, 32 Poems, Christianity and Literature, Tar

River Poetry, Rock and Sling, Nimrod, Measure, Devil’s Lake, and The New

York Quarterly. His essays on poetics have appeared in several prominent

academic journals, and he frequently reviews contemporary poetry and books

on poetics for World Literature Today.

Micah Bloom is an artist whose paintings were featured in the 2013 edition

of Windhover. He has been selected for numerous artist-in-residence

fellowships and has published his work in literary and art journals. He

has shown his work internationally, from private galleries in China to the

Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.  For the past two years he has been

working on a multi-media project focused on flood-ravaged books.  This

work, titled Codex, combines film, photography, and installation art. It

explores themes of necessity, obsolescence, privilege, digital migration,

loss, and valediction.  Codex will be screened at the festival.

Registration is free and is only

required for those interested in participating in workshops or the closing

lunch. For more information about the Writers’ Festival, visit the event’s


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2:00                        Check-in opens (Manning Chapel lobby)

3:00                        UMHB Creative Writing Showcase (Manning


                                     Kelsey Belcher

                                     Renee Doty

                                     Marnie Cannon

4:00-5:15              Panel I: Fiction (Manning Chapel)

                                     Arna Bontemps Hemenway

                                     Faith Forester

                                     Philip Cioffari

6:30                        Windhover Dessert Reception & Release (Manning

Chapel) 7:30                        Benjamin


Poetry Reading (Manning Chapel) 8:30                        Open Mic

Reading (Moon building)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

 8:00                       Check-in table opens (Moon building)

 8:30-9:45             Panel II—Concurrent (Moon building)

                                Panel A: Poetry & Prose

                                     Joe R. Christopher

                                     Jeremy Larson

                                     Aaron Brown

                                Panel B: Poetry

                                     Nathaniel A. Schmidt

                                     Margie Roe

                                     R. W. Haynes

10:15-11:45         Bret


Creative Nonfiction Workshop* (Moon building) 1:00-2:30              Gina

Ochsner’s> Short Fiction Workshop* (Moon building) 3:00-4:15              Panel

III—Concurrent (Moon building)

                                Panel A: Prose

                                     Donna Walker-Nixon

                                     Austin Fischer

                                     Chris Boldt

                                Panel B: Poetry

                                     Brady Peterson

                                     Bob Moreland

                                     Rhonda Martin

                                     Megan Willome

4:30                        Gina

Ochsner’s> Fiction Reading (Manning Chapel) 7:00                        Bret


Reading (presenter of “George Nixon Memorial Lecture”) (Manning Chapel)

8:00                        Screening of Codex (40-min.) and Q&A with

director Micah


(Manning Chapel)

Friday, February 7, 2014

8:00                        Check-in table opens (Moon building)

8:30-10:00           Benjamin


Poetry Workshop* (Moon building) 10:15-11:45         Micah


Visual Storytelling Workshop* (Moon building) 12:00                    

Closing lunch* (Moon building) ($10, payable at check-in table) * denotes

conference registration required


  • Occurred Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

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