17th Annual Oklahoma Literary Arts Festival

Thursday, NOVEMBER 8, 2012

            Registration             Sessions

                           Poetry Contest

The East Central University Department of English and Languages and the Center of Continuing Education and Community Services will host its 17th Annual Oklahoma Literary Arts Festival on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center as part of the Scissortail Arts Series.  The keynote presentation of the day will be

On the Road with Langston Hughes

Performed by Charles Everett Pace
Performance scholar-artist

Acclaimed Chautauqua historical interpreter Charles Everett Pace will portray American humorist and poet Langston Hughes, the first African American writer to make his living exclusively from his writing.   A true “people’s poet,” Hughes demonstrated how humor can be marshaled as an effective tool of education, entertainment, and social critique.  Among the topics discussed will be the seminal role that educator Mary McLeod Bethune had on his development as professional artist and cultural critic.  Finally, Pace, as scholar, will discuss Hughes’ teachings on what it means to pursue success and happiness in the creative economy.

The Oklahoma Literary Arts Festival offers for high school students and teachers a series of workshops provided by members of the ECU English faculty and guest artists (from 9:30-11:40 a.m.) as well as the general session (from 12:00-1:15 p.m.). Space is limited during these sessions so early registration is encouraged. Check out the links for Registration, Sessions, and Poetry Contest above for festival details.

For more information, please call Ms. Charlee Lanis at 580-559-5457 or Dr. Teresa Rothrock at 580-559-5439.