While in Little Rock for the Arkansas Literary Festival, I did the usual reading followed by questions and answers from the audience and book-signing. But that’s not all I did there.
I’d volunteered for the Writers in the Schools program, and on Friday, April, 8, I spent a few hours at Hall High School. I read from and talked about Fighters & Writers, from which I chose (mostly) different selections than I presented the following day at the Arkansas Studies Institute, including some I’d not previously performed in public. I also talked about writing generally: how one becomes a scribbler, dedication to craft and related matters. (I noticed that students were more familiar with the boxers I mentioned than the authors, which didn’t surprise me, but they asked more questions about writing than sports, which did.) I addressed a group of about 60 or 70 students in the media center/library and visited several classrooms to address smaller groups. Students and teachers took time away from determined preparation for upcoming batteries of standardized testing and attentively listened to what I had to say. I only hope they got as much out of my visit as I did.
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This spring will see a two-fisted literary festival combo for Fighters & Writers.
On April 1, I’ll read at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, as part of the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival.
The following weekend, on Saturday, April 9, I’ll join Bob Reising for “The Sports Book” panel at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock. Reising is a former college baseball coach and co-author of Chasing Moonlight, a look at the life and curious baseball career of Doc Graham. I’ll also be participating in the festival’s Writers in the Schools program on the Friday before my reading.
For details, see the festivals’ respective websites:
Scissortail Creative Writing Festival: http://www.ecok.edu/scissortail/Creative_Writing_Festival.asp
Arkansas Literary Festival: http://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/
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