Poetry, Prose, Plays & Pie: Edible Northwood LitFest 2012

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Northwood University to host LitFest 2012
Matthew Posey

Matthew Posey

Matt Bondurant

Matt Bondurant

Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain



September 28, 2012

CEDAR HILL, Texas – Northwood University, WordSpace and co-sponsor Ben Fountain will host LitFest 2012 Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 11 AM- 11:50 AM in the Patterson Memorial Chapel and in the evening from 7 PM – 9:00 PM in Knights Hall in the Lambert Commons.  Playwright Matt Posey will speak to the students from 11:15AM - 12:15 PM in the chapel and guests arriving in Knight Hall at 7PM will enjoy free peach cobbler, ice cream, sweet tea or longneck root beer before the readings.     

In conjunction with the poetry readings the university will also host a contest for Northwood students with cash prizes and publication for winning poems, short stories and creative non-fiction essays.  The winners will be announced at LitFest 2012 at 7PM in Lambert Hall.  The contests will be judged by a published poet, a fiction writer and an essayist.

Day and Evening Schedule

Chapel program

11:15 - 12: 15 a.m. in Campus Chapel: Matthew Posey – Award Winning playwright, actor and Ochre House Theater founder and artistic director

Knight’s Hall

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Lambert Hall:  Peach cobbler, blackberry cobbler, ice cream, sweet tea and longneck root beer                                                               

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Matt Bondurant has written three critically acclaimed novels and is a competitive long-distance swimmer. (He even swam to Alcatraz!)  He is a creative writing professor at University of Texas at Dallas, and has received first-rate national press over the summer (The New Yorker, New York Times, Dallas Morning News) because a major new film (Lawless) is based on one of Matt’s novels.  He will read from his new work, The Night Swimmer.                                                                          

8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Ben Fountain, Dallas-based attorney-turned-writer, is a nationally published novelist and essayist. Malcolm Gladwell called Ben a “late-blooming genius” in his New Yorker essay on his fiction.  Ben has appeared previously at Northwood LitFest.  He will read from his new novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a young war hero honored at a Dallas Cowboy’s game.  The work got glowing reviews in both The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal.

8:30 - 8:50 p.m.  Rockbaby and Dallas Poetry Slam Team Members close the show. Popular Dallas slam poet and comic writer, Rockbaby has become a favorite at Northwood over the past few years. This year he brings along two members of the Dallas Slam Team to close LitFest with high spirits and homeboy poems.


WordSpace is a Dallas-based organization dedicated in linking writers, poets, playwrights and critics to audiences of all ages and interests around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.