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Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) is a biennial celebration of writing that occurs on the campus of the University of Minnesota Morris. The mission of PGLF is to provide the University of Minnesota, Morris and Lake Region of Minnesota unique opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and other professionals in the field of literary arts through such activities as readings, workshops, and panel discussions. Invited authors are chosen partly for the diversity of their backgrounds and styles, and are meant to appeal to a wide variety of audience members.

The Prairie Gate Literary Festival is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. In addition, the PGLF is sponsored by Briggs Library, Briggs Library Associates, the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association, the Multi-Ethnic Resource Center, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Division of Humanities, the English Discipline, the Commission on Women, and private donations. 

The Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) has several exciting virtual events happening in 2021.

Paths to Publishing

Thursday, February 11
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how to publish a poem, short story, children's book or novel?

A panel composed of self-published and small press authors will share their experiences and advice on getting works of fiction published. Short readings will accompany each presenter. A significant amount of time will be reserved for Q & A. Panelists include UMN Morris English professor and poet Angela Hume, children's book author Deb Mercier, UMN Morris librarian and self-published fantasy author Peter Bremer, UMN Morris and self-published author Andrea Glynn, and UMN Morris alum and self-published author Derek Nicholas.

A Conversation Among Three Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers

Thursday, March 11
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The Prairie Gate Literary Festival offers a virtual conversation with three notable science fiction and fantasy authors.

  • Joshua Phillip Johnson is an English professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris and author of the environmental fantasy novel The Forever Sea, due out by DAW Publishing in January. It is part of an expected epic fantasy series.
  • Rebecca Kuang is an Chinese-American fantasy writer, and author of The Poppy War Trilogy, published by Harper Voyager. She is a 2020 Astounding Award winner as well as a Nebula, Locus and World Fantasy Award nominee.
  • Farah Naz Rishi is a Pakistani-American Muslim writer and author of the YA science fiction novel I Hope You Get This Message, published by Harper Collins. She is also a talented voice actor.

An Evening of Poetry

Friday, April 9
7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Two notable poets, Nancy Naomi Carlson and Teri Ellen Cross Davis, will share their work and discuss their inspiration from the theme of Writing Women's Lives. This event is part of the Prairie Gate Literary Festival's 2021 offerings.

If you missed this event, please enjoy this Zoom recording.

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