Literary Festival at Ithaca College Will Highlight 'New Voices'

ITHACA, NY—An exciting collection of visiting writers will take part in three days of readings, panel discussions and other events during the New Voices Festival, hosted by Ithaca College April 24–26.

Organized by the Departments of Writing and English, the festival provides an opportunity for local literature lovers to experience some of today’s emerging lights on the fiction and poetry scenes. The visiting writers will take part in public events as well as in class visits, workshops and other activities with students.

The following events are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, April 24
“The Short Short: Microreadings at Buffalo Street Books,” a set of brief (5–10 minutes each) readings by participating authors, followed by book signings; 5 p.m., Buffalo Street Books, DeWitt Mall.

Thursday, April 25
“From College Reader to College Writer: The First-Read Awakening,” a panel discussion on college first-year readings; noon, Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Book signings; 1–4 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Readings by participating authors from their works; 5:30 p.m., Handwerker Gallery.

Friday, April 26
“Working for and with Magazines and New Media Publications”; 10 a.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

“The Writing Life”; noon, Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall.

“Subjects of Inspiration: Writing from Research and Imagination”; 2 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Readings by participating authors from their works; 5 p.m., Handwerker Gallery.

Participating in the festival will be:
Rebecca Makkai, whose first novel, “The Borrower,” was a “Booklist” top ten debut and “O” magazine selection
Tim Horvath, winner of Pushcart Press’s Raymond Carver Short Story Award for “The Understory”
Nathaniel Rich, author of “The Mayor’s Tongue” and the literary thriller “Odds Against Tomorrow”
Robin Ekiss, whose first poetry collection, “The Mansion of Happiness,” won the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers
Marie-Helene Bertino, winner of the 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection “Safe as Houses”
Jane Roper, author of the memoir “Double Time: How I Survived—and Mostly Thrived—Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins” and the novel “Eden Lake”
Sheba Karim, author of the young adult novel “Skunk Girl”
Eleanor Henderson, an assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College, whose debut novel “Ten Thousand Saints” was named one of the 10 best books of 2011 by the New York Times

The New Voices Festival is codirected by Eleanor Henderson and Chris Holmes, assistant professor of English. For a detailed schedule of events and more information about the participating writers, visit

The New Voces Festival will be held April 24-26 at Ithaca College