Celebrate outstanding literary works and cultural diversity at the two festivals Richland College is hosting: The Literary Festival April 9-11 and the Intercultural Festival April 10. These free events are open to all faculty, staff, students and the community.
The 36th Annual Richland College Literary Festival will be held in the Lago Vista Gallery of the Richland College Library. This festival introduces students and the community to local talent and the DFW literary scene through distinguished authors, panel discussions, student and faculty readings and related activities.
This year’s theme, “Go Local!”, celebrates Texas artists and local literary forces. The exceptional line-up of speakers includes:
Tuesday, Apr. 9:
- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Octavio Solis – Author of more than 20 plays, who is considered one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. His latest is the acclaimed book, “Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border.”
- 12:30-1:50 p.m.: Michael Federico – playwright/author of “The Manufactured Myth of Evelyn Flynn” and “On the Eve,” which achieved great success and were produced in New York, San Diego and other locations.
Wednesday, Apr. 10:
- 10:10-11:05 a.m.: Sandy Petersen – Game designer famous for a board game titled “Cthulhu Wars,” based on the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.
- 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: CARVE Magazine – Cameron Maynard, Joe Milazzo and Mag Gabbert of CARVE Magazine – Panel presentation and readings by published authors.
- 12:20-1:15 p.m.: Kim Horner – Dallas Morning News former social service reporter and current author of “Probably Someday Cancer,” Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series.
Thursday, Apr. 11:
- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Joe Stanco Faculty Readings – original works read by Richland faculty.
- 12:30-1:50 p.m.: Student Readings – students read their creative work.
In addition, the Intercultural Festival will be held in the east breezeway from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10. The Intercultural Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural diversity at Richland College! Attendees are invited to sign up for the showcase to model clothing from countries all around the world, sing native songs, play an instrument or perform a dance routine from their home countries. Everyone else can watch the showcase to learn about other cultures while eating delicious food, including Mexican-inspired treats.
Richland College is located at 12800 E. Abrams Rd. in Dallas.
World-renowned poet, painter, composer and translator Alvaro Cardona-Hine will be the keynote speaker for the 25th Annual Richland College Literary Festival, Feb. 26-28. The three-day series of events includes:
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Alvaro Cardona-Hine, 9:30 a.m., F108
Readings of original works by RLC students, 11 a.m., F108
Poet Jonathan “GNO” White, 7 p.m., C140
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Poet Jerry McElveen, 10:10 a.m., F108
Poet and translator Susan Briante, 11:15 a.m., F108
Poet Joe Stanco, 7 p.m., S116
Richland College Theatre’s “Guys and Dolls,” 7:30 p.m., F102
Thursday, Feb. 28
Poet and essayist Sheryl St. Germain, 9:30 a.m., F108
Author Shin Yu Pai, 11 a.m., F108
Readings of original works by RLC faculty members, 7 p.m., C140
For more information, call 972-238-6194.