The 31st Annual English Festival

Nov. 13, 2014

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited onto campus for the English Festival, an intensive day of literary and writing activities. Students meet with the guest author, attend workshops, discuss festival readings and compete in writing contests. To register, request a registration form from the festival coordinator at your school.

Martin Espada

Guest author

Called "the Latino poet of his generation," Martin Espada was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1957. He has published more than 15 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball, is the recipient of the Milk Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award.

2014 festival reading list

All participants will read all materials listed below in preparation for the festival. Writing exercises, readings and discussions will be based on knowledge of these resources. If at all possible, bring these materials with you to the festival. 

Festival workshops & events

The day's events will feature an invigorating mix of impromptu writing, college-level discussions and sessions with the guest author.

Festival workshops

  • Workshop I: How Do You Keep the Pages Turning?

    Explore how to write fiction that engages your reader. Led by Bluffton University fiction writing professor Susan Carpenter.

  • Workshop II: Rebellion and Redemption

    Explore the themes of rebellion and redemption in Espada's writings with Bluffton University professor Cynthia Bandish.

  • Workshop III: Exploring the Culture of Self and Place

    Examine the role culture plays in Espada's work and experiment with including such elements in your own writing with professor Kate Spike.

Festival events

    11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Founders Hall
    All festival registrants will join Bluffton University students and faculty for the weekly Forum program featuring guest author Martin Espada.

  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
    Bluffton University students will present oral interpretations of literature.

  • Q & A with Martin Espada
    A chance for informal interchange with the guest author.

>>> Festival Contests