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Jane Vincent Taylor of Oklahoma City recites some of her poetry at this year's Scissortail Creative Writing Festival.

Justin Lofton
Ada Evening News

The sixth annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival began Thursday at East Central University.  The festival allows writers to recite their work in sessions attended by the public at ECU’s Estep Auditorium.  Several writers have work for sale outside the auditorium.

“We’re off to a great start,” said Ken Hada, associate professor of English and Languages.  “We’ve got a lot of great sessions.”

Hada said writers from Boston to San Francisco and several places in between are represented at the festival.

“In addition to the Oklahoma authors, we’ve got a lot of people coming from out of state,” he said.

Thursday’s sessions featured two of the four festival’s headliners:  Author of “The River Wife,” Jonis Agee and short fiction writer Susan Perabo.

Hada encouraged those interested to attend upcoming sessions of the other two headliners.  Texas Poet Laureate of 2008 Larry D. Thomas will be reciting poetry at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at the Estep Auditorium and “Where the Heart Is” Author Billie Letts will be reading at the final session of the festival at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Headlining writers will read their work in one hour sessions.  Several other authors will be reading their work in groups of three for one hour sessions.

Jane Vincent Taylor recited “A Sonnet for Childhood” and other poems at a session Thursday afternoon.  Her poetry spanned ideas from childhood to belief.  She shared the stage with Jeanne Dunbar-Green, who read from her short story “Since It’s You and All” and Poet Arn Henderson, who read “The Confessor” and other poems.

For a full session schedule or to learn more about the festival, visit www.ecuscissortail.blogspot.com.

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