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Millikin University will host its 10th annual Literary Festival Nov. 8 – 10. The 2012 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives participants the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback. Sessions will be held in Pilling Chapel and Shilling Hall, Millikin University campus.

The Literary Festival will feature a High School Writing Contest where students will have the opportunity to win scholarships to Millikin University. Millikin Scholarships will be awarded to the top three winners. Literary Festival featured writers include Jeffrey Allen, Joseph Bonomo, John Dalton, Lucas Hirsch, Nils Michals, Anna Moschovakis, Aubrey Ryan, and Katie Schmid.

Jeffrey Allen is the author of "Simple Universal." He holds a master’s degree in poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where he currently teaches. His poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, CutBank, H_NGM_N, Another Chicago Magazine, Forklift Ohio and Clementine. He is the poetry editor of Phantom Limb, an online poetry magazine.

Joe Bonomo's collection of essays, "This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began," won the Orphan Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award and will be published by Orphan Press in 2013. His books include "Conversations With Greil Marcus," "AC/DC's Highway to Hell," "Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found," "Installations," and "Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America's Garage Band." Born and raised in suburban Washington D.C., he lives in DeKalb, Ill., and is an assistant professor of English at Northern Illinois University.

John Dalton is the author of the novel "Heaven Lake," winner of the Barnes and Noble 2004 Discover Award in fiction and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His second novel, "The Inverted Forest," was published in 2011 and selected as a best book of the year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Wall Street Journal - Book Lover.

Lucas Hirsch is the author of two collections of poems, "Familie Gebiedt" and "Tastzin." In 2007, Lucas began a small literary production company called Kleine Revolutie Producties, where he organizes literary events in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Hirsch is currently working on his fourth book of poetry and his first novel.

Nils Michals is the author of "Lure," which won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award and was published by Pleiades and LSU Press in 2004. His most recent work has appeared in Menacing Hedge, White Whale Review, Bombay Gin, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, and others. He currently teaches at Front Range Community College and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.

Anna Moschovakis is the author of two books of poetry, "You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake" and "I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone," and the translator of several French novels, most recently "The Jokers" by Albert Cossery. She is a longtime member of the Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse.

Aubrey Ryan's work has appeared recently in Anti-, Quarterly West, Best New Poets 2011, and DIAGRAM. She is the winner of the 2012 Booth Poetry Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Aubrey received her master’s degree from Northern Michigan University where she served as associate poetry editor of Passages North.

Katie Schmid's work has been published in Quarterly West, Hot Metal Bridge, Event Magazine, and Best New Poets 2009. Her manuscript recently took second place in the Santa Fe Writer's Project Poetry Awards. She received her master’s degree from the University of Wyoming and won the University's Outstanding Thesis Award in 2011.

Millikin faculty members and writers Dr. Stephen Frech, Dr. Randy Brooks, Dr. Carmella Braniger and Carmen Aravena will also take part in the festival. Individuals interested in participating in the 2012 Literary Festival should contact Dr. Stephen Frech at 217.362.6473 or via e-mail at

For further information on the Millikin Literary Festival and the High School Writing Contest, visit
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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