The Ilyse Kusnetz Writing Festival

Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to submit writing to be included on this blog and in our live online and in-person festival March 3rd, 2022. The festival is happy to accept all kinds of word-based art. This includes prose, poetry, audio recordings, video performances, and visual arts.

Here’s the link to join the virtual meeting if you can’t attend in person: https://valenciacollege.zoom.us/j/96351460670

This year’s live event will be held on March 3rd, 2022 at 6:30 PM in Room 242 of the Winter Park campus and will feature readers from your submissions. Interested writers please email any questions and your submissions to Professor Chris Brown at cbrown214@valenciacollege.edu.

While the festival accepts writing of all kinds, we ask that you consider this year’s theme: reACTION.

Years as fraught and difficult as 2020 and 2021 can elicit an entire range of reactions: fear, anger, and anxiety, but also resolve, empathy, and love. The COVID-19 pandemic and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (among many others) have led to action, but is it enough?

How do you move yourself and others to action and reaction in writing?  Who and what inspires you to make a change? How do you respond to the world around you, and how does it respond to you?

We are excited to see you at this year’s festival. Thank you for reading and writing!

See your submissions here!

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