The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, Magic City Books and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, along with a multitude of supportive community partners, have come together to create Tulsa’s first literary festival, Tulsa Lit.Fest. Tulsa Lit.Fest takes place in various venues in the Tulsa Arts District from April 19 – 22, 2018. All events are free and open to the public.
The festival’s first year boasts an incredible line-up including Kevin Young (poetry editor, The New Yorker), Jeanetta Calhoun-Mish (2017-18 Oklahoma State Poet Laureate), Kiese Laymon (writer and Oxford American contributing editor) and David Friend (writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor) among others.
“The Tulsa Lit.Fest feels like the logical next step and natural culmination of the work we’ve been doing for the past decade to put this city on the national literary map,” said Jeff Martin, festival co-chair and Magic City Books Founder.
In addition to nightly headliners, local writers have opportunities to collaborate and share their work through workshops, open mics, publishing discussion panels and a small press book fair.
“We have worked hard to feature compelling literary voices, and we believe the Tulsa Lit.Fest will be a great opportunity for aspiring as well as experienced writers to learn together,” said Lindsey Smith, festival co-chair and Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa Director. “Our workshop leaders are a dynamic group of editors, writers, and faculty, and the small press fair will showcase innovative, grassroots writing from Oklahoma and beyond.”
The small press fair will take place at the Greenwood Cultural Center (322 N. Greenwood Ave.) on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with over a dozen small presses represented. A small press panel, featuring Awst Press (Austin), Deep Vellum Publishing (Dallas), Graywolf Press (Minneapolis) and Sibling Rivalry Press (Little Rock) and moderated by Tulsa Artist Fellow Daniel Musgrave, will kick off the fair at 10 a.m. Additionally, works and publications from literary fellows within the Tulsa Artist Fellowship will be available to purchase.
“It’s exciting to see so many community partners collaborating for this inaugural festival,” said Abby Mashunkashey, festival co-chair and Tulsa Artist Fellowship Marketing Manager. “Creating opportunities for creative voices to come together, share and grow, is a top priority for our program, and the Tulsa community is highly conducive to this effort.”
The festival is curated by co-chairs Jeff Martin (Magic City Books), Abby Mashunkashey (Tulsa Artist Fellowship) and Lindsey Smith (Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa). The advisory committee includes Liz Blood (The Tulsa Voice), Jessica Borusky (Living Arts Tulsa), Anthony Brinkley (Living Arts Tulsa), Michael Chaikan (Bob Dylan Archives), Grant Jenkins (University of Tulsa) and Ellis O’Neal (Nimrod Journal). Community partners include: Bob Dylan Archives, Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, Greenwood Cultural Center, Living Arts Tulsa, Magic City Books, Nimrod Journal, OSU Center for Africana Studies, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, The Tulsa Voice, University of Tulsa and Woody Guthrie Center.
Find a full schedule of events, along with workshop pre-registration, at www.tulsalitfest.org.