SWOSU-Sayre Literary Festival Accepting Authors and Vendors


A literary festival is planned in October on the Sayre campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and authors/vendors are invited to take part in the varied activities.

“Noteworthy Oklahomans” is the theme of the October 9 event that is free and open to the public.  The festival’s agenda includes:

  • Workshops by noted authors, editors, photographers, educators and publishers from the western Oklahoma region.
  • Entertainment that will feature a one-act play called “The Wedding” written by SWOSU’s Landry Brewer and performed by Heart of Western Oklahoma Homeschoolers (HWOH) with two performances.
  • An Open Mic session in the evening where anyone can share original poetry, recite memorized poetry, read an excerpt from a book, or even play guitar and sing. (This will be held off campus at Gallery@112, located in downtown Sayre on East Main Street).
  • A free lunch will be provided by the Sayre Rotary Club to all @ 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Vendors are welcome to participate. Authors are invited to set up tables to sell and autograph their books. For booth space reservations or to seek more information, call 580.28-5527 ext. 128.  All workshops will be held on the SWOSU-Sayre Campus. The line-up for the workshops is:

  • 9 a.m.
    • Student Panel Discussion – noteworthy inspirations – moderator Dr. Jerry Nye
    • Vote on Best Literary Videos – hosted by Vive Vide 
  • 10 a.m.
    • Noteworthy Oklahomans & Authors – presented by Dr. Jerry Nye
  • 11 a.m.
    • Tribal gaming & Tribal College – literary connection by Alden Whiteman, V.P. for Development & Planning for the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal College
    •  “John Steinbeck was wrong about Oklahoma” – presented by noted Oklahoma author, Bob Burke 
  • 12 Noon and 12:45 p.m.
    • The Wedding” – A one-act play performed by HWOH.
  • 1:30 p.m.
    • Researching Oklahomans & Oklahoma Images – presented by Jan Davis of Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
  • 5 – 7 p.m.
    • Open Mic Night at Gallery@112