English Literary Festival

Literary Festival Pics

Come write with the pros. Read poems, short stories, novels and essays with some of today’s leading writers. Join a workshop for feedback on your own work. Have fun with words. Register today!

Who Can Enter

Featured Writers

Tony Bedard
Green Lantern: New Guardians

Matthew Minicucci

Faculty Writers

Stephen Frech
If Not for These Wrinkles of Darkness

Carmen Aravena
Cirulo de Migas/Circle of Crumbs

Carmelia Braniger
No One May Follow

All current high school students are encourages to participate.

What/How to Submit

Send your best poetry or fiction writing for consideration. Entries are limited to five pages per student.

Who Will Judge

All entries will be reviewed by Millikin University English faculty and the annual Literary Festival Team.


  • 1st- $1,000 Millikin University Scholarship
  • 2nd- $750 Millikin University Scholarship
  • 3rd- $500 Millikin University Scholarship

Friday, November 13

7:00 PM           Prose Reading
Tony Bedard
Pilling Chapel
8:30 PM Collage Reading Pilling Chapel

Saturday, November 14

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Writing Workshops:
Poetry Workshop

Shilling 315
Fiction Workshop Shilling 316
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Graphic Novel Craft Lecture
Tony Bedard
Pilling Chapel
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Refreshments  
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Poetry Craft Lecture
Matthew Minicucci
Pilling Chapel
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Refreshments  
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Reading
Millikin Faculty & Guests
Pilling Chapel
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Poetry Reading
Matthew Minicucci
Pilling Chapel
  Closing Remarks  

Tony Bedard

New York Times best-selling writer Tony Bedard has been a nonstop font of creativity for over 20 years, creating comics for DC and Marvel, writing video games for Volition, and screenwriting the animated feature TUROK SON OF STONE. Known for top-tier superhero comics like SUPERGIRL, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS and EXILES, Tony also wrote critical darlings like BLUE BEETLE, GREAT TEN, and KISS KISS BANG BANG. Conspiracy theorists point to his science-fiction epics NEGATION and R.E.B.E.L.S. as evidence that he is actually an alien. Others point to his vibrant heroines in ROUTE 666, ROGUE and BIRDS OF PREY as evidence that he is actually a teenaged girl. Tony encourages you to find out for yourself at Millikin University’s Lit Fest 2015!

Matthew Minicucci

Matthew Minicucci is the author of Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Blackbird, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, and Third Coast, among others. He currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.