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. This year, accepted students enroll in ENGL 29500, a two-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, as well as ENGL 29701, a one-credit professional development course designed to prepare them for planning and executing the festival.

At the festival, student guides introduce their author at one of their readings or moderate a class conversation, and also 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 2021 festival, which will take place April 28 to 30, we will be seeking student guide applications from 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 will also be seeking an assistant student director and a musical director who will work closely with faculty co-directors Eleanor Henderson and Chris Holmes and student director Jalen Lisbon to plan and execute the 2021 festival. Director duties include maintaining social media, the website, and marketing; handling contracts and itineraries; and supporting festival events. A small stipend is available. The musical director will be involved in all phases of planning and executing the musical performance based on the writers' work. Experience as a musician and/or songwriter and/or composer and experience working with teams preferred.

Applications are available here. The deadline has been extended to Friday, November 6th at 5pm.

Please email Eleanor Henderson at ehenderson@ithaca.edu or Chris Holmes at cholmes@ithaca.edu with any questions.