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Drexel Writing Festival

May 9-13, 2022

Drexel Writing Festival, week of May 9 to 13, 2022

Since 2011, the Drexel Writing Festival has attracted celebrated authors, contemporary poets, distinguished editors and leading academics who take us on a deep, reflective dive into a central theme. This five-day event, which returns in-person and virtually May 9-13, explores the stories that connect us to and ground us in shared human experiences. Join guest authors and presenters who will offer an appetizing exchange of ideas around the topic of hunger. From poetry to novels, fiction to free speech, there is something to be gained by every audience member.

Henry Israeli

Events are free and open to the public. Events will be offered both in-person and online; please register for online attendance using the links listed below. All visitors must comply with the Visiting Drexel policy outlined in the University’s Response to Coronavirus website.

Questions? Email Henry Israeli, Drexel Writing Festival director, at hpi22@drexel.edu.

Sponsors: Department of English and Philosophy, Jewish Studies and Drexel Libraries.


Event Schedule

Monday, May 9

Carmilla, the Vampire

1-1:50 p.m.

National Book Award Finalist Carmen Maria Machado presents Carmilla, the Vampire
Location: Online
Introduction by: Margene Petersen, MA, assistant teaching professor of English

National Book Award Finalist Carmen Maria Machado presents a reading of Carmilla, the Vampire. Machado will be discussing the new edition of Carmilla, the tale of a lesbian vampire that was originally published in the 19th century by Sheridan Le Fanu. Machado both edited and wrote an introduction for this latest publication.

Online Registration


Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing -- a book by essayist Lauren Hough

3-4 p.m.

Reading by best-selling essayist Lauren Hough
Location: Online
Introduction by: Elizabeth Kimball, PhD, assistant professor of English

New York Times best-selling author and essayist Lauren Hough grew up in the Children of God cult, served in the Air Force under near constant harassment, and survived abject poverty. Her essays are described as “razor sharp, profoundly brave, and often very very funny.” Hough will be reading from her collection, Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing, followed by a Q&A, and a memoir writing workshop. This event is taking place both in person and online.

Online Registration


Essayist Lauren Hough

4-5 p.m.

Memoir Writing Workshop with essayist Lauren Hough
Location: Online

Join Lauren Hough, New York Times best-selling author and essayist, who presents a memoir writing workshop. Hough grew up in the Children of God cult, served in the Air Force under near constant harassment, and survived abject poverty. Her essays are described as “ razor sharp, profoundly brave, and often very very funny.” This event is taking place in person and online.

Online Registration


Drexel Creative Writing MFA students

7-9 p.m.

A reading by Drexel’s MFA in Creative Writing students
Location: Stern Conference Room, Hagerty Library

As part of the 2022 Drexel Writing Festival, students in Drexel’s MFA in Creative Writing program will give a reading of their work.

Tuesday, May 10

The Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University

2-3:20 p.m.

“Transformational Approaches to Hunger in America”
– A Virtual Talk by Mariana Chilton

Location: Online

Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH, a professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, presents the virtual talk, “Transformational Approaches to Hunger in America.” Chilton is the director of Dornsife’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities and is co-principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, a national research network that investigates the impact of public assistance programs on the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers.

Online Registration


Mild Fed,

3:30-4:50 p.m.

A virtual reading by novelist Melissa Broder
Location: Online
Introduction by: Nomi Eve, MFA, assistant teaching professor of English; director, Creative Writing MFA program

Novelist Melissa Broder is the author of Milk Fed and The Pisces, as well as five collections of poetry and a book of essays. Broder has written for The New York Times, Elle, and Vogue. She will be reading from Milk Fed, “a delicious new novel that ravishes with sex and food” (Boston Globe). The reading will be followed by a Q&A session.

Online Registration

Wednesday, May 11

Stacey Ake, PhD, PhD, teaching professor of philosophy at Drexel

12-12:50 p.m.

“How to Win the Hunger Game: Our Desperate Search for Meaning” – A talk by Stacey Ake, PhD, PhD
Location: Stern Conference Room, Hagerty Library and online

Teaching Professor of Philosophy Stacey Ake, PhD, PhD, presents a talk on “How to Win the Hunger Game: Our Desperate Search for Meaning.” Following upon the work of Auschwitz survivor Dr. Viktor Frankl, Ake will examine how we can explore and discover our identities in the worst of times and the best of times.

Online Registration


In Memory’s Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin

2-2:50 p.m.

Cara De Silva presents In Memory’s Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin
Location: Online
Introduction by: Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, CHCE, CRC, professor of Food and Hospitality Management; director, Drexel Food Lab

Cara De Silva will discuss In Memory’s Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin, a book she edited that serves as a beautiful memorial to the brave women who defied Hitler by preserving a part of their heritage and a part of themselves in this handwritten collection of recipes. De Silva, an award-winning journalist and James Beard Award Nominee, focuses on a broad range of subjects that include: food and food history; culture; ethnicity; New York City; Italy –especially Venice– and fusion.

Online Registration


Jonathan Deutsch, Director, Drexel Food Lab

3-3:50 p.m.

The Food Voice, Hunger and Memory:
A food writing workshop with Jonathan Deutsch
Location: Stern Conference Room, Hagerty Library and online

Join Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, CHCE, CRC, a professor in Drexel's department of Food and Hospitality Management and director of Drexel's Food Lab, for a writing workshop. Deutsch will use Annie Hauck’s concept of The Food Voice to illustrate how food –or its absence– can tell powerful stories in ways that a spoken voice alone may not.

Online Registration

Thursday, May 12

2-3 p.m.

A virtual workshop with award-winning poet John Murillo
Location: Online

Poet John Murillo

Award-winning poet John Murillo presents a virtual workshop. Author of Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry and Up Jump the Boogie, Murillo is the winner of the prestigious Kingsley Tuft Award. Murillo’s poetry offers “a reflective look at the legacy of institutional, accepted violence against Blacks and Latinos and the personal and societal wreckage wrought by long histories of subjugation.”

Online Registration


3-4 p.m.

Reading and Q&A with award-winning poet John Murillo
Location: Online
Introduction by: Jakeya Caruthers, PhD, assistant professor of English and Africana Studies

Join poet John Murillo for an online reading and a Q&A session. Murillo is an assistant professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Wesleyan University and also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada University.

Online Registration

Friday, May 13

12-1:50 p.m.

Microworkshops
Location: Drexel Writing Center, 100-103 Korman Center


2-2:50 p.m.

English & Philosophy Awards Reading
Location: 100-103 Korman Center

Drexel Publishing Group

Join us for our annual celebratory reading of award-winning essays, short stories, poetry, and more by Drexel students.


3-3:50 p.m.

English & Philosophy Awards Ceremony
Location: 100-103 Korman Center

Every year Drexel's English and Philosophy Department honor the finest student essays and creative writing. Come celebrate their accomplishments at our annual award ceremony!