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Women Writers Festival to highlight global writers

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame will host the second annual Notre Dame Women Writers Festival from Feb. 9 to 11 (Monday to Wednesday) in the Hesburgh Center on campus. Presented by Notre Dame’s Department of English and its Creative Writing Program, all events are free and open to the public.

Titled “Global Women Writers Now,” this year’s interdisciplinary festival features Kim Hyesoon, one of the most prominent female writers in Korea and a founder of Another Culture, a movement for women’s studies in Korea; and Laura Solrzano, an emerging Mexican poet, editor and educator. Translators Don Mee Choi, a poet and anthologist of contemporary Korean women’s writing, and Jen Hofer, a poet and anthologist of contemporary Mexican women’s writing, also will attend.

The festival will open with a panel discussion, “Women in International Literary Cultures: Korea and Mexico,” at 4p.m. Feb. 9 in the Hesburgh Center auditorium. It also will include a trilingual reading, an open microphone event for students, and a roundtable on the practice and politics of translation. More information and a complete schedule of events are available on the Web at .

Other sponsors of the event are Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program’s “Managing Gender at Work” Series and the Genevieve D. Willis Endowment for Excellence, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Program in Korean Studies, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Institute for Latino Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and the Office of the Provost.

Contact: Joyelle McSweeney, Creative Writing Program, or 610-745-3059

Originally published by Coleen Hoover and Julie Hail Flory at on January 23, 2009.