The Mercyhurst Literary Festival opens with a visit by poet and translator Philip Metres, the author of Pictures at an Exhibition, Sand Opera, I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky and others. He is a professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice and Human Rights program at John Carroll University. Metres will read from his work Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Brown, 814-824-2461.