For fifteen years, Hiram has been known in the region for its Festival of Regional Writers. After the Lindsay-Crane Center was established in 2006, the Festival expanded into the Visiting Writers Series, including more writers each year and extending their visits even more deeply into the classroom and the community. Since then, visiting authors have included Jim Daniels, Steven Bognar, Clyde Edgerton, George Bilgere, Les Roberts, Barry Lopez, Michael Chasar, Lynn Powell, Ian Frazier, Anna Cypra Oliver, Marvin Bell, David Giffels, Jeffrey Hammond, and Robert Sullivan. The Series has also begun a new tradition of inviting a scholar in literary studies each year. The inaugural lecturer was Michael Chasar, a Vachel Lindsay scholar, and the second, Jeffrey Hammond, the George B. & Willma Reeves Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Writers in the series talk to students in classes, give readings or craft talks, and sometimes participate in workshops that focus on student writing. A recent addition to the Visiting Writers program has been the Book Talk lunches that follow readings and convocations. Students are invited to the lunches and encouraged to talk with authors about particular writing concerns. Writers also work with patrons of local libraries, Hiram alums, and members of community organizations. The main idea of the Visiting Writers program is to give emerging writers and interested readers an opportunity to meet practicing writers and scholars. Students are assigned works by writers coming to campus, and frequently authors visit their classrooms and discuss their craft. Particular courses are sometimes designed with focus on the major visits or events of a Lindsay-Crane season.
Spring 2013 Events
Echo Regional Literary Competition submission deadline
Author Paul Greenberg7 p.m., Kennedy Center Ballroom
Submission Deadline - Barbara Thompson Contest in Short Fiction
Convocation: Dam Science on the Cuyahoga RiverNoon, Alumni Heritage Room
Submission Deadline - Vachel Lindsay and Geoffrey H. Stamm Poetry Contest
Yale Historian and Food Writer Paul FreedmanNoon, Pritchard Room
An Evening of Hiram Writers5:30 p.m.