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SWOSU-Sayre Literary Festival Planned October 22

The ninth annual SWOSU-Sayre Fall Literary Festival is Tuesday, October 22.  This year’s theme is Renaissance Fair.

The festival is a celebration of literature that showcases student writing and allows attendees to enjoy games, food and local vendors.  The public is invited to this free event. 

“The Literary Festival allows us to showcase SWOSU’s literary talent and convey what life was like during a much different time from ours,” said festival coordinator and SWOSU-Sayre Language and Literature Instructor Terry Ford. 

After a quick introduction to the Renaissance, SWOSU Assistant Professor and Librarian April Miller will show art work from Renaissance masters.

Melony Murray of Elk City will bring her spinning wheel and shavings from her home grown alpaca to show the ancient arts of felting and spinning.

SWOSU Language and Literature professor Dr. Nolan Meditz of the Weatherford campus will invite students to create a poem using techniques for the 16th and 17th centuries.

SWOSU-Sayre Computer Science Instructor Kim Zachary will also invite students to use a plot builder to create a short play, incorporating some of Shakespeare's vocabulary for fun.

Every year in conjunction with the festival, SWOSU-Sayre releases its anthology.  The Anthology of Student Works--Renaissance Revival is a full-color book containing student art, poetry, essays and short stories, and it will be available to view.

Lunch will be provided, after which attendees will have the chance to play Renaissance games.

Booth space remains available for authors.

For more information, contact Terry Ford by e-mail at or by text at 580-729-1716.