Student Guides

A student-centered literary festival—and a writer-centered literary seminar.

Since 2013, for three days every April, a group of English, Writing, and Theatre Arts students and faculty have come together to put on the New Voices Festival on the Ithaca College campus. But with the New Voices Seminar, the celebration lasts throughout the spring semester. Beginning their first year at IC, students can apply to be a student guide, and accepted students enroll in ENGL 29500, a one-credit readings course designed to orient them to the work of the New Voices and to deepen their engagement with the festival and its authors.

At the festival, student guides introduce their author at one of their readings, guide them around campus, and help support festival events. With backstage access to the festival, they have the opportunity to connect with some of the most exciting new writers working today.

Apply to be a Student Guide or Director

For the 2020 festival, which will take place April 22 to 24, we are seeking student guide applications from energetic, engaged students who are passionate about contemporary literature. Preference is given to students with majors or minors in English, Writing, and Theatre, but we encourage anyone interested to apply.

We are also seeking two student co-directors who will work closely with faculty co-directors Eleanor Henderson and Chris Holmes throughout the academic year to plan and execute the 2020 festival. Duties include maintaining social media, the website, and marketing; handling contracts and itineraries; and supporting festival events. We seek two leaders who are organized, motivated, forward-thinking, and who can collaborate with the directors, student guides, and each other to deliver an excellent literary festival. Experience as a student guide is preferred. A small stipend is available.

Applications for these positions closed on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 5 PM. We will respond to applicants by October 15.

Please email Eleanor Henderson at or Chris Holmes at with any questions.