Old Dominion’s 38th Literary Festival closed Thursday evening with a reading from author Edwidge Danticat. The bestselling Haitian American author left the crowd speechless with her incredible narrative. It was an amazing end to an amazing week of readings by authors and poets from around the US and the world.
Thursday afternoon began with a heartfelt reading from current director of the Stonecoast MFA program and NEA fellow, Ted Deppe who has mined his life, including 20 years of nursing experience, for poems that acknowledge the human experience at its most tender and its most harsh.
In a lineup of award winning authors that included, Manuel Munoz and Percival Everett, Wednesday’s highlight may have been the reading by Susan Power. Susan enthralled the audience with a performance as spirited as her material. If you want the inside story on the content of the reading you’ll have to ask someone in person. Your question is bound to illicit blushing.
This year’s festival was an incredible assemblage of poets and authors, all who shared their work and their selves. They created an event both moving and enlightening for the ODU community. As tired as we are from this week’s events we can hardly wait for next year.