The Flint Literary Festival 2017 is a partnership between Gothic Funk Press, the Flint Public Library and East Village Magazine with the goal of lifting together the literary communities of Flint, Michigan, of promoting literature in all its forms, from poetry to fiction to creative nonfiction, and of organizing an event to inspire and propel our talented local writers to new heights.
In this, our inaugural year, we chose the theme of FLIGHT to represent the gravity-defying powers of the human creative spirit.
The Flint Literary Festival 2017 runs July 21-22 and is free to attend.
It will take place at the Flint Public Library and will consist of Featured Readers, Panel Discussions, a Reading Room, a Book Fair, and an After-Hours Open Mic Night. Please read about the events below to learn more.
FEATURED READERS: This year it is our pleasure to host Newberry Medal and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis, award-wining novelist Christine Maul Rice, acclaimed poet Sarah Carson, and Hub City writer-in-residence Kelsey Ronan. Our featured readers all have Flint roots and have gone on to achieve critical and commercial success with their writing.
PANEL DISCUSSIONS: The literary festival will be organizing a series of panel discussions to cover topics of local and universal literary interest. Please visit this site often to learn more about the specific panels and invited guests.
AS READ BY THE AUTHOR…: The literary festival will also feature a designated reading room where writers can reserve a half-hour reading slot (including time for load-in and -out). Upon confirmation, writers will be added to the official list of festival guest readers, and will be promoted with the festival. Guest readers will have the opportunity to sell their books at these readings. For more information on reserving a reading spot, please click here.
BOOK FAIR: The literary festival will host a book fair featuring local and regional book organizations and writers. Books will be available for purchase at this event. For more information on reserving a reading spot, please click here.
AFTER-HOURS OPEN MIC NIGHT: After the library closes on Friday, July 21st, we invite the public to join us at the Golden Leaf Club for an after-hours open mic night. A cash bar will be part of this event. Ages 21+ only.