Poetry, Prose & Pie: Edible Northwood LitFest 2013

David Searcy
Juaquin Zihuatanejo
Rock Baby and Dallas Poetry Slam Team Members

CEDAR HILL, Texas – Northwood University and Co-sponsor WordSpace present Northwood’s 12th Annual Literary Festival on 2013 Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Knights Hall at the Lambert Commons from 7 PM – 9:15PM. The first 120 guests will enjoy free peach or blackberry cobbler, ice cream, sweet tea or longneck root beer before the readings.     

“LitFest is one of the most popular evening events at Northwood. Everybody loves cobbler, and most are taken in by the terrific poets and writers we bring in each year,” said Chairman Martha Heimberg. 

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 2013 at 7PM in Lambert Hall.  The contests will be judged by a published poet, a fiction writer and an essayist.

Award-winning poets and writers featured

David Searcy is an award-winning Dallas-based novelist and essayist. His recent wide-ranging essays have appeared in Paris Review, Granta and other thought-leading journals. He has a forthcoming collection of essays to be published later this year by Random House.  He will read from “El Camino Dolorosa,” an evocative essay about his grandfather’s old pickup which is nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize.

Juaquin Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and acclaimed teacher.  Born and raised in the barrio in East Dallas, his work captures the duality of Chicano culture.  Honest, brutal and evocative, his poems are often hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.  He has won many awards as a teacher of creative writing and high school English, and for his collection of poems Stand Up and Be Heard. He conducts writing workshops in America and Europe, and his one-man spoken word performances are in demand at universities and literary conferences on three continents.

Rock Baby and Dallas Poetry Slam Team Members complete the evening show with solo and group performances.  Popular Dallas slam poet and comic writer, Rock Baby 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.

8:50 - 9:15 p.m. Audience Q & A with the three writers, followed by book/CD signing.


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 seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.