Testimony from Festival-Goers
"I always thought writing was something that kept you in a box. Mark Ari inspired me to use new languages, music, and voices in my writing." - Dwight James III
“My experience at the 2014 Writers’ Fest was about building a community through a common love of writing. It was a quiet kind of camaraderie that can only be present in a place full of writers.” - Ruvi Gonzalez
“Two years after the 2014 Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival with several portfolios of poetry I am proud to say I have written, I look back on that day and am thankful for the exposure and inspiration it gave me.” - Mary Feimi
“The Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival in 2014 helped me become comfortable with writing anything. Since then, I’ve written about experiences I thought were too personal to be shared, and shared them proudly.” - Jordan Jacob
“The Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival gave me this lesson: write what kills you, write what brings you to your knees, write it because vulnerability and pain are among the greatest catalysts for a writer.” - Aracely Medina
Book Reviews and Writer Spotlights
Kiara Ivey shares her memories of Writers’ Fest.
by Kiara Ivey, Elan Junior Layout/Design Editor
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Zoey Carter shares her interest in Festival Author Billy Merrell
by Zoey Carter, Elan Art Editor
Jordan Jacob shares her experience with the Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival.
by Jordan Jacob, Elan Editor-in-Chief
Aracely Medina shares her experience with Patricia Smith.
by Aracely Medina, Elan Senior Poetry Editor
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Rilla Askew’s chaotic novel explores race and violence.
Set during the tense days of the Oklahoma …