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Events will coincide in Hanchey Gallery, Alumni Plaza.
LitCon, International Festival March 21
Day-long events will conclude with Spring Read
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies will host LitCon on Tuesday, March 21 starting at 9 a.m. in Orville Hanchey Gallery.

 LitCon will bring together members of the Natchitoches and NSU literary community to showcase their work, foster collaboration and educate the community on the importance of the humanities. LitCon will create a relaxed environment allowing students, faculty and community members to talk about their craft, educational opportunities, working across disciplines and how to make a living in the humanities.  

The event will feature more than 10 artist tables for book sales and signings, booths from Natchitoches Parish Library, NSU archives, Argus, Brainy Acts Poetry Society, Current Sauce, the Department of Fine + Graphic Art, the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies; Pop-Up Poetry, question and answer sessions and the annual Spring Read.

Another feature of the event is literary cosplay, in which participants dress as their favorite literary figures. All cosplayers can enter to win the costume contest.

The event will culminate in the Spring Read that evening. Faculty and students will share original works or works by favorite authors on the theme of roots.

The schedule of events is as follows:

9 a.m.--Booths open

10 a.m.--Film study animation documentary discussion with Dr. Allison Rittmayer and Collier Hymes

11 a.m.--Editing, writing, and publishing seminar with Heather Salter and Dr. Julie Kane

Noon--Film criticism with Kenneth Burns

1 p.m.--Academic writing and publishing information from Dr. Erick Jarvis, Dr. Lisa Abney, and Dr. Sarah McFarland

2 p.m.—Literature and Art with John Kemp and Annabel Jones

3 p.m.—La. Folklife Journal and La. Studies Conference information by Dr. Shane Rasmussen

4 p.m.—BAPS and Argus literary magazine information from their staff

5 p.m.—Creative Writing and CR Reading Series with Dr. Andy Briseno

6 p.m.—Literary Cosplay Contest

7 p.m.—Spring Read

LitCon will coincide with another campus event, the International Festival of Culture and Cuisines presented by the Department of Hospitality Management and Tourism. The food and culture festival will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Alumni Plaza just outside Hanchey Gallery.

Students will be in costume representing the culture and cuisine of Ireland, Germany, the Caribbean, France, Texas, India and Greece. Latin America will be represented with a performance by NSU’s popular Colombian band, Larry’s Group.

For more information on LitCon, contact Oona Zbitkovskis at

For more information on the International Festival of Cultures and Cuisines contact Dr. Lynn Woods at