Luther to host Lutheran Festival of Writing Oct. 29-31

Oct. 15, 2010

Luther College will host the Lutheran Festival of Writing Oct. 29-31.

A gathering of outstanding creative writers from across the country, the festival features three keynote events that are open to the public with no charge for admission. All three events are in the Center for Faith and Life.

The college invites the community to attend poet Robert Cording's keynote address "The Longest Day: The In-Betweeness of Art" Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Cording will lecture on how art helps us understand our human predicament of being suspended between despair and hope, death and life.

"The Beautiful Strange: Writing a Novel" presented by René Steinke, Fairleigh Dickinson University, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Steinke will show pictures of Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven and other artifacts of her era, talk about the process of researching and writing a historical novel, and read some excerpts.

"Vibrancies," a collaborative event, features eight poets and fiction writers reading their own work on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. These authors include Gary Fincke, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Patrick Hicks and Paul Shepherd. Other writers featured at this event are Lauri Anderson, Robert Schultz, Carol Gilbertson and Amy Weldon.

Festival registration is open until Friday, Oct. 22. Registration fee is $95, with $25 additional for the Saturday evening banquet.

Fiction writers new to the festival in 2010 include Mark Mustian, David Oppegaard, Pamela Johnston and Thomas Maltman.

Poets participating for the first time include John Graber, Barbara Crooker, Cass Dalglish, Philip Bryant, Diane LeBlanc, Vince Wixon, Susanna Childress, Katy Giebenhain, Joe Wilkins, Cary Waterman and Steven Schroeder.

Other writers reading their work include creative nonfiction writer David Faldet and drama and fiction writers Nancy Barry and Walter Wangerin.

Presenters returning from the 2007 Lutheran Festival of Writing include creative writers Lauri Anderson, Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Gary Fincke, Carol Gilbertson, Gracia Grindal, Patrick Hicks, Robert Schultz, Paul Shepherd and Amy Weldon.

The Lutheran Festival of Writing is sponsored by the Luther College Lutheran Festival of Writing Endowment and hosted by the Luther College Department of English.

For more information about the Lutheran Festival of Writing, visit