Literary Festival

The 20th Annual Villanova Literary Festival will feature the following writers

All readings, which begin at 7 p.m., are free and are followed by a reception and book signing.


Tyehimba Jess

January 30: Tyehimba Jess

Connelly Center Cinema

Tyehimba Jess won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for
Poetry with his collection Olio. His first collection, Leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. 

Leslie Nneka Arimah

February 15:  Lesley Nneka Arimah

Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky.

Collette Bryce

March 15:  Collette Bryce

President's Lounge, Connelly Center

Colette Bryce is an award-winning poet from Northern Ireland and the author of four poetry collections.  Her most recent collection is titled Selected Poems.

* In conjunction with the Heimbold Professorship in Irish Studies

Zinzi Clemmons

April 5: Zinzi Clemmons

Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

A Philadelphia local, Zinzi Clemmons is the author of What We Lose, co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee journal, and Contributing Editor to

Ariel Levy

April 24: Ariel Levy

Speaker's Corner, Falvey Library

Ariel Levy is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.  She is the author of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture and the memoir The Rules Do Not Apply.

Creative Writing program

Creative Writing Program 
St. Augustine Center 402

Alan Drew, MFA
Associate Professor, English