During the fourth annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival, March 28–29, 2014, aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts will experience free public readings from nationally and internationally-recognized authors. This year, we are excited to welcome a Pulitzer Prize finalist, novelist Joanna Scott, as well as fiction writer Debra Monroe, nonfiction and memoirist Rachel Hanel, poet Mart Hart, and filmmakers Jake Lloyd and Anthony Wayne.
The mission of the festival is to provide the University of Minnesota, Morris and Lake Region of Minnesota unique opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and other professionals in the field of literary arts through such activities as readings, workshops, and panel discussions. Invited authors are chosen partly for the diversity of their backgrounds and styles, and are meant to appeal to a wide variety of audience members. This year features events that are bound to please as the Prairie Gate Literary Festival builds the role of the literary arts in our community!
This activity is funded Friends of the Prairie Gate Literary Festival, Briggs Library, Briggs Library Associates, the UMM English Discipline, Friends of the Morris Public Library, the International Programs Committee, the UMM Division of Humanities, the UMM Alumni Association, the Imagine Fund, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Thank you to all our supporters.