By Kallie Stahl
The 22nd Annual Villanova Literary Festival begins Thursday, Feb. 20! A reception and book signing with the author will follow each reading. All events begin at 7 p.m. The festival, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.
Dinaw Mengestu — Thursday, February 20, Dougherty Hall, West Lounge
Mengestu is the author of three novels, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books: All Our Names (2014), How To Read the Air (2010), and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007). He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, Guardian First Book Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors.
- The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/791181
- How to Read the Air: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1272238
- All Our Names: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1495140
- Children of the Revolution: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/2027588
Bryan Washington — Tuesday, March 24, Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner
Washington’s debut collection of short stories, Lot, was published by in 2019. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, BBC, The Paris Review, Tin House, and numerous other publications. He’s also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award.
- Lot: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/2027589
- Link to writing available online via his website: https://brywashing.com/work/
Brenda Shaughnessy — Thursday, April 2, Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner
Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum (2019), So Much Synth (2016) and Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Shaughnessy is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark.
- Our Andromeda: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/2027580
- So Much Synth: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/2027578
- The Octopus Museum: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/2027579
- Human Dark With Sugar: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1090094
Robin Coste Lewis — Tuesday, April 21, Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner
Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. In 2015, her debut poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus, won the National Book Award in poetry–the first time a poetry debut by an African-American had ever won the prize in the National Book Foundation’s history. Lewis’ writing has appeared in various journals and anthologies such as Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Transition, and Best American Poetry.
- Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1601510