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  NSU To Host William Carroll Writers Festival

DR-WILLIAM.jpg(NSU NEWSROOM--Feb. 28, 2014) -The Norfolk State University Department of English and Foreign Languages will hold the second annual William Carroll Writers Festival March 25-27 at the Student Center.

The festival will feature several published writers, professors and poets who will serve as keynote speakers in five sessions over the course of three days. The keynote speakers include author Tim Seibles, horror writer John B. Rosenman, open-mic poet godchild the omen and Professor Shonda Buchanan. 

The event will begin with a reception on Tuesday, March 25, at 6 p.m., Room 138C, featuring Seibles, who is a published author and local professor of English and Creative Writing.

The following day, Wednesday, March 26, a faculty reading will take place in the Student Center at noon. An open-mic session will follow at 7 p.m., and will be hosted by poet Synnika Lofton. The final day of the festival, Thursday, March 27, Rosenman will serve as the afternoon speaker at 12:30 p.m. Poets Buchanan and godchild the omen will be featured presenters during the festival’s last event at 7 p.m.

The festival is named in honor of Dr. William “Dr. Bill” Carroll, a longtime Norfolk State University English professor, who authored numerous poems and presented papers on literature. He passed away in March of 2010.

Daniel Pearlman, a professor of English at Norfolk State University, said the festival will bring talented writers to the NSU community and highlight the significance of creative writing.

“When students listen to great writers, they are inspired to feel an array of emotions, from sadness to triumph through the written experiences of poets and novelists,” Pearlman said. “We want to highlight the significance of creative writing so that students can express themselves through their own writing, realizing that every person has experiences which will help or teach other people.”

All events are free and open to the public. All presentations will be held in Room 149 of the Student Center. For more information, contact professors Daniel Pearlman at 757-823-2901, or Dr. Gary Wilkens at 757-823-2956.

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