Mercyhurst Literary Festival

Inspired by the renowned reading series at the University of Notre Dame and wanting to build such a tradition here, Dr. Jeffrey Roessner collaborated with Dr. Kenneth Schiff in 2003 to bring the Mercyhurst Literary Festival to life.

The festival brings accomplished writers from a variety of genres to campus each year. Besides offering public readings, these authors interact with creative writing students in small group workshops.

Samuel Hazo was the first featured speaker; later festivals hosted such noted authors as Randall Silvis, Robert Coover, Li-Young Lee, Robert Bly, Grace Paley, Martin Espada, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Larry Heinemann, Peter Coyote, Francine Prose, Terry Bisson, Joy Harjo and Sonia Sanchez.

The final event of each year’s festival honors work by Mercyhurst students. It includes the unveiling of Lumen, the college’s award-winning creative arts magazine; the announcement of student awards in the P. Barry McAndrew Writing Contest; and an open mic opportunity for students to read their own works.

See the latest brochure from the 2013 Literary Festival here:


2013 Lumen unveiling

2013 Lumen unveiling

Student actors honored for work in Eurydice