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The 2006 Emerging Writers Festival

April 4 - 6, 2006

The Emerging Writers Festival is an annual celebration of some of our country's most exciting younger writers. Over the course of three days, we gather with our visitors for craft talks, readings, dinners, and other writerly rituals. The 2006 festival took place April 4, 2006 - April 6, 2006, and featured Catherine Barnett, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Alix Ohlin, Lewis Robinson, and Sean Wilsey Please check back soon to discover the events of the upcoming EWF in April 2007. The Festival is co-sponsored by the English department and the Writers House, and is supported by the Hausman Fund.


Tuesday April 4, 2006

Catherine Barnett, Lewis Robinson
8 p.m. Green Room Theatre
(Reception following at The Writers House)

Wednesday April 5, 2006

Craft Workshops

  • Poetry with Catherine Barnett, 10-11 a.m.
  • Fiction with Alix Ohlin, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Nonfiction with Sean Wilsey, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Lunch, 12:30 p.m.

Alix Ohlin, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Sean Wilsey
8 p.m. Green Room Theatre
(reception After At The Writers House)

Thursday April 6, 2006

Craft Workshops

  • Fiction with Lewis Robinson, 10-11 a.m.
  • Poetry with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Lunch, 12:30 p.m. (provided By Fair Trade Cafe)
Closing Barbeque, 4:30 p.m.

Craft Workshops, Lunches, and Barbeque will be held in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House (633 College Avenue; Lancaster)
All events are free and open to the public.
Questions? 717.291.4244

EWF is supported by the Hausman Fund.

This year's Emerging Writers:


CATHERINE BARNETT is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, which consists of elegies written for the author's two nieces, who were six and eight when they died in a plane crash. Here's an excerpt from a poem:

Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced's Amazon page:

and a brief bio:


GABRIELLE CALVOCORESSI's first collection of poems, The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, has received considerable acclaim. She was a Stegner Fellow and is now a Jones Lecturer at Stanford. Here's a poem of hers:
The book's Amazon page:
A page on her in Poetry Daily (click the link there to another poem, "Save Me Joe Louis"):


ALIX OHLIN, whose novel, published in 2004, is The Missing Person. She's teaching now at Lafayette. Here's a story of hers:

a little write-up from Lafayette:

and a short interview:


LEWIS ROBINSON's first book is called Officer Friendly and Other Stories. Here's a review from the San Francisco Chronicle:

and Officer Friendly's Amazon page:



SEAN WILSEY is an editor at McSweeney's who's produced a memoir, Oh the Glory of It All, that recounts his troubled adolescence (and then some) at the hands of rich, socialite, San Francisco parents. Here's a McSweeney's page that records a sort of diary he kept while vacationing and book-touring:

a review of the book:

an essay of his from The London Review of Books:

and the Amazon page for his book:


EWF 2005