Monday, 18 February 2013 by Keith Bahlmann
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor literary journal, Windhover, will host its Writers' Festival from Wednesday, February 6 to Friday, February 8 in the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center on the UMHB campus. This annual event is attended by over 100 writers, and is free and open to the public.
This year's festival includes presentations and workshops by notable authors and poets, including Ron Hansen, Leslie Leyland Fields, and Andrea Palpant Dilley.
Hansen was educated in English literature at Creighton University and studied fiction writing at the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop and Stanford University, where he held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship. He is the author of eight novels, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy, Exiles, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, as well as a children's book and A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith & Fiction. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim, Lyndhurst, and Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest foundations. He has twice been nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award, and he was a finalist for the National Book Award for his novel Atticus. He is also a recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Fields is the author and editor of 8 creative nonfiction books, including The Spirit of Food, Surviving the Island of Grace: A Life on the Far Edge of America, and Parenting is Your Highest Calling ...and Eight Other Myths. Her essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Beliefnet, Orion Christianity Today and many other publications. She has appeared on more than 100 radio shows and travels widely, speaking at conferences, churches and universities on topics related to the spirituality of food, creation care, literature, family and culture. She taught in Seattle Pacific University's MFA program for six years, and has taught Literature and Creative writing at the University of Alaska and Covenant College. Her essays have won Pushcart nominations, the William Wilberforce Award and the Virginia Faulkner Award.
Dilley grew up in Kenya as the daughter of Quaker missionaries and spent the rest of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. Her work as a documentary producer has aired nationally on American Public Television. Her work as a writer has been published in Geez, Utne Reader and the anthology Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical, as well as online with CNN, The Huffington Post, and Christianity Today. Her memoir, Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt, tells the story of her faith journey.
For more information about the Writers' Festival, visit the event's website: academics.umhb.edu/writersfestival.