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Missouri Humanities Council awards grant for 2011 Literary Festival

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

mhclogo_lgwebSpringfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) is pleased to announce that the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $9,617 to SRAC for its project, the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, to be held Sept. 23, 24 & 25 at The Creamery Arts Center and Jordan Valley Park. The Missouri Humanities Council is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War features famed novelist Jeff Shaara, author of “Gods and Generals” and “The Last Full Measure,” Civil War Historian William C. Davis, author of “The Battle of Bull Run”; historical novelist Janis Cooke Newman, author of “Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln”; Springfield novelist Steve Yates, author of “Morkan’s Quarry”; children’s authors Kate Klise and Judy Young, and many more.

The Literary Festival also includes art and writing contests for schoolchildren; a short fiction contest; a concert of Civil War Hymns by the Voices of Deliverance Choir; interactive historical displays including cannon and musket firings, a Cavalry Tent display with horses, hands-on crafts, quilting, live music and displays on Civil War medicine, cooking and the life of the common soldier; a performance of “The Rhythm is Keeping Us Alive: A Celebration of African American Poetry” and more. Tickets are $5 for age 11 and up, free for children 10 and under. For more information, visit For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, please call (314) 781-9660 or (800) 357-0909, or write to the MHC at 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 205, St. Louis, MO 63144-1905.

About the Springfield Regional Arts Council
SRAC, incorporated in 1978, connects people and the arts. It supports some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary and film/media arts organizations within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri. The current mission of the SRAC is to transform lives and enrich our Community through the Arts. The SRAC also manages The Creamery Arts Center, which houses the offices of the SRAC, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Missouri Literary Festival, Springfield Community Center and Care to Learn, as well as a board room, classrooms, instrument storage, arts library, exhibition hall, film editing bays and shared costume and set design shops managed by the Springfield Little Theatre.

Full Literary Festival Schedule

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Friday, Oct. 2

Regular Festival Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

10 a.m.
The festival kicks off with the official Opening Ceremony, featuring state and local dignitaries, music and more. After the Opening Ceremony, enjoy live performances at the gate, visit the booths on the Grand Concourse and purchase books by our festival authors and poets.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Renowned business writers Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham and Jack Stack present Business by the Book, a luncheon program in which our business gurus discuss strategies to save your business, your family and your financial future in these trying economic times. Tickets for this program are $35 and may be purchased at, A small number of tickets may be available at the gate. Tickets to Business by the Book will also get ticketholders into the festival throughout the weekend.

1:30-3 p.m.
The Art of Green, a panel discussion moderated by Jeff Barber and sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, delves into sustainable design and construction. Panelists are Rick Harrison, author of “Prefurbia – Reinventing the Suburbs: From Disdainable to Sustainable,” Bruce Adibyazdi, Robert B. Murray III, Andrew Wells and George Van Hoesen.

2-4 p.m.
Get Your Read On! kicks off festival events for kids, tweens and teens with authors Louise Jackson and J.B. Cheaney. Get ready to read, write and be creative. Enjoy word activities, create a bookmark, hear a story and enjoy refreshments provided by SportService.

3-4 p.m.
Write Like You Mean Business with Jennifer Ailor, sponsored by the Association of Women in Communication

4-5 p.m.
World champion spoken word poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo conducts a Slam Poetry Workshop at the Drury Diversity Center

Lit Fest After Hours

6-9 p.m.
The public opening of The Poetics of Construction, a sustainable-design charette conceived by architect Jeff Barber in conjunction with The Art of Green, takes place during First Friday Art Walk at The Creamery

6-10 p.m.
Enjoy Missouri Literary Festival on the Square during First Friday Art Walk at Park Central Branch Library. Hear finalists in the Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction Contest reading their works, Poetry Out Loud performers and local slam poetry.

10 p.m.-Midnight
An Evening of Slam Poetry at the Drury Diversity Center, featuring world champion spoken word poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo and a Slam Invitational competition.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Regular Festival Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get Your Read On! Enjoy creative activities, stories and more for children, tweens and teens all day at Hammons Field.

To Read a Mockingbird. Enjoy our marathon public reading of Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Readers Corner on the Hammons Field Grand Concourse.

9-10 a.m.
Poet Marcus Cafagna, author of “The Broken World” and “Roman Fever”
Nature Photographer John Hess, author of “The Galápagos: Exploring Darwin’s Tapestry”
Juvenile fiction writer J.B. Cheaney, author of “The Middle of Somewhere”

10-11 a.m.
Two-Time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, author of “Ballistics”

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
J. Terry Johnson, author of “Cardinal Fever,” at the Hammons Field Team Store

11 a.m – Noon
A Gathering of Local Writers features readings of original works by Missouri State University writers
Mystery writer William Bernhardt, New York Times bestselling author of “Capitol Conspiracy” and “Criminal Intent”
Instructional writer Judy Brunner, author of “Response to Intervention Tiers One and Two: Helping All Students Understand and Remember What They Read”
Children’s writer Louise Jackson, author of “Exiled! From Tragedy to Triumph on the Missouri Frontier”

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Special Event: Brunch with Laura Shapiro Enjoy culinary insights from food writer Laura Shapiro, author of “Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century” and the biography “Julia Child,” at The Creamery Arts Center while savoring a delicious brunch by Gallery Bistro Chef Peter Tinson. Tickets are $25. Tickets to Brunch with Laura Shapiro will also get ticketholders into the festival throughout the weekend.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen, author of “The Feast” and “Theban Traffic”

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Missouri Poet Kevin Prufer, author of “National Anthem” and “Little Paper Sacrifice”
Mad Science activities in the Children’s Area

1-2 p.m.
A Gathering of Local Writers features readings of original works by Missouri State University authors
Novelist Katie Estill, author of “Evening Would Find Me” and “Dahlia’s Gone”
Political writer Ken Rutherford, author of “Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia”
Comic book artist and caricaturist Tielman Cheaney

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Children’s author and poet David Harrison, author of “Pirates” and “Cave Detectives”

2-3 p.m.
A Gathering of Local Writers features readings of original works by Drury University writers
Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins addresses prepared students
Novelist Daniel Woodrell, author of “Winter’s Bone” and “Tomato Red”
Children’s writer Kate Klise, author of “Regarding the Fountain” and “Deliver Us From Normal”

3-4 p.m.
Novelist Robert Dalby, author of “A Piggly Wiggly Wedding”
Western writer Dusty Richards, author of “The Horse Creek Incident”
Photographer Julie Blackmon, author of “Domestic Vacations”
Children’s writer Judy Young, author of “The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious and (maybe even) Magical Creatures”

3-5 p.m.
Write, Edit, Publish: A How-To Panel featuring Moderator Kate Klise and panelists Moira Bailey, Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth, Jody Feldman, Clarissa French and Kelly Knauer.

4-5 p.m.
Brad Gooch, author of “Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor”
Richard Paul Evans, author of “The Christmas Box” and “The Gift”
Missouri Literary Journals and Their Missions featuring Craig Albin, Speer Morgan, Kevin Prufer, Kristine Somerville and Lanette Cadle

Lit Fest After Hours

7-10 p.m.
Special Event: Meet the Authors Gala — Mix and mingle with the festival authors in a convivial cocktail atmosphere on the Prime Plaza. Enjoy the free exchange of ideas with our literary lions, plus delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvre. Tickets are $75. Tickets to the Meet the Authors Gala will also get ticketholders into the festival throughout the weekend.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Regular Festival Hours: Noon-4:30 p.m.

Noon-4:30 p.m.
Get Your Read On! Enjoy creative activities, stories and more for children, tweens and teens all day at Hammons Field.

To Read a Mockingbird. Enjoy our marathon public reading of Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Readers Corner on the Hammons Field Grand Concourse.

Noon-1 p.m.
Cait London, best-selling romance writer, author of “For Her Eyes Only”

Noon-2 p.m.
Cowboy Poetry, featuring members of the Missouri Cowboy Poets Association; Francine Roark Robison, Cowboy Poet Laureate of Oklahoma; Reverend Dr. Steven Spalding, the Cowboy Preacher; Richard Dunlap; and Jake White

1-2 p.m.
Remembering Tony LaRussa with Mike Lindskog and Rob Rains, Mike Lindskog, the Voice of the Cardinals, interviews Rob Rains, author of “Tony LaRussa: Man on a Mission”
Children’s writer Jody Feldman, author of “The Gollywhopper Games”

2-3 p.m.
Inspirational writer and speaker Jennifer Rothschild, author of “Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself”
Bring Them In: The Four Cs of Collecting Books with Dr. William H. Cooper
Writing To Get Paid versus Writing For Money, by humorist, novelist and nonfiction writer Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth, author of “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

3-4 p.m.
Arts and cultural writer Sally Tippett Rains, author of “The Making of a Classic, Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind”
So, You Want to be an Author … by writer and editor Reta Stewart-Allen
Children’s writer June Rae Wood, author of “The Man Who Loved Clowns”

The Missouri Literary Festival, a Celebration of Arts, Literature and Literacy, is a nonprofit event focused on raising funds to benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council, Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of Springfield, the R-12 Title I Schools and the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship program.