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English and Creative Writing

2011 Lake Forest Literary Festival

Check out the biographies and details of the 2011 festival.

Lake Forest Literary Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 13

  • Jan
    John Waters Film Fest: “Pink Flamingos” (1972) If you look closely, you'll see the poster is in Spanish. 
    4:15 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium Starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and Mink Stole
    Join us for the first of eight films that comprise the John Waters Film Festival.Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as “The Filthiest Person Alive.” This is perhaps the top “gross out” movie of all time. Introduction by Associate Professor of English Davis Schneiderman.

Tuesday, January 25

  • Jan
    John Waters Film Fest: “Polyester” (1981) This is the original movie poster from 1981. 
    6:00 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium, Middle Campus Starring Divine, Tab Hunter, and Edith Massey
    A suburban housewife’s world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he’s serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who’s been breaking local women’s feet. The original theatrical release included “Odorama”—scratch ‘n’ sniff cards for the audience. Introduction by Liz Benacka, a lecturer at the College who is teaching the course John Waters and American Culture.

Tuesday, February 22

  • Feb
    John Waters Film Fest: “Serial Mom” (1994)  
    6:00 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium, Middle Campus Starring Kathleen  Turner, Sam Waterston, and Ricki Lake
    Part of the John Waters film festival, Serial Mom is about a mother who takes her role as caregiver a bit too seriously. Introduction by Associate Professor of English Davis Schneiderman.

Thursday, March 3

  • Mar
    John Waters Film Fest: “Pecker” (1998)  
    4:15 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium, Middle Campus (Starring Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong
    Part of the John Waters film festival, this movie is about a Baltimore sandwich shop employee who becomes an overnight sensation in the art world. Introduction by Liz Benacka, lecturer in the Department of Communication, who is teaching the course John Waters and American Culture.

Tuesday, March 15

  • Mar
    John Waters Film Fest: “Cecil B. Demented” (2000)  
    6:00 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium, Middle Campus Starring Melanie Griffith, Steven Dorff, and Alicia Witt
    Part of the John Waters film fest, this movie is about an insane independent film director and his renegade group of teen filmmakers who kidnap a Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film. Introduction by students in the communication course John Waters and American Culture.

Thursday, March 17

  • Mar
    John Waters Film Fest: Hairspray (2007 remake)  
    4:15 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium, Middle Campus Starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Nikki Blonsky
    Part of the John Waters film fest, this remake of the 1988 cult classic Hairspray is about a pleasantly plump girl teenager who teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. It will be introduced by a student in the communication course John Waters and American Culture.

Monday, March 21

  • Mar
    Literary Festival Film Screening: “The Alumni Chapter”  
    4:15 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium Watch “The Alumni Chapter,” a film by Matthew Helderman ‘11 that recently premiered at The Portage Theater in Chicago. The film is for anyone who ever had a hard time landing a job or figuring out what to do after college, or had to face that difficult, but sometimes necessary evil of leaving loved ones behind to forage a new life on their own. 

Tuesday, March 22

Wednesday, March 23

  • Mar
    Literary Festival Reading: Jose Perez Beduya Jose Perez Beduya 
    4:00 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Listen to the Lake Forest Literary Festival keynote reading by Jose Perez Beduya, winner of the 3rd Annual Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize.
  • Mar
    Literary Festival Film Screening: “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within”  
    8:00 p.m. 
    McCormick Auditorium Watch the film “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within” with director Yony Leyser.
    Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg, the film is a probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. 

Thursday, March 24

  • Mar
    Literary Festival keynote event featuring John Waters  
    7:30 p.m. 
    UPDATED: Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL Titled “This Filthy World,” Waters will discuss his careers in film, art, and literature and rants about his life, pop culture, and things that make him crazy as only John Waters can. Waters will take questions at the close of the lecture, sign autographs, and pose for pictures.

    More than 300 Lake Forest students, faculty, staff, and alumni, along with several Chicagoland fans of famous director and pop icon John Waters secured their seat for his talk on March 24. Others are put on a waiting list. Free tickets are required for this event.

Tuesday, March 5

  • Mar
    Lecture by critic Marcus Boon  
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Lecture by critic Marcus Boon, author of In Praise of Copying and The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs.
  • Mar
    Reading by Cecilia K. Corrigan  
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Reading by Cecilia K. Corrigan, introduced by judge Lisa Robertson.

Wednesday, March 6

  • Mar
    Talk by Cecilia K. Corrigan  
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Talk by 2013 Plonsker resident Cecilia K. Corrigan on her experiences writing for HBO.
  • Mar
    Reading by poet Lisa Robertson Poet Lisa Robertson 
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Reading by poet Lisa Robertson, author of R’s Boat, The Weather, and other books.

Monday, March 3

  • Mar
    Literary Festival: Panel Discussion on Translation  
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Panel on Translation featuring Evelyne Accad, Eleni Sikelianos and Anne-Laure Tissut, moderated by Professor Dan Hanna.
  • Mar
    Literary Festival: Reading by Eleni Sikelianos Photographer: Gary Isaacs 
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Eleni Sikelianos is a poet, memoirist and translator, and directs the creative writing program at the University of Denver. She is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead and The California Poem, from Coffee House Press, and a memoir, The Book of Jon.

Tuesday, March 4

  • Mar
    Literary Festival: Reading by Matthew Nye  
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Reading by 2014 Plonsker Resident Matthew Nye, with an introduction by by Anne-Laure Tissut.
  • Mar
    Literary Festival: Reading by Dan Beachy-Quick  
    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
    Meyer Auditorium Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet, novelist, and critic. His most recent books are the poetry collection Circle’s Apprentice, the works of criticism Wonderful Investigation: Essays, Meditations, Tales and A Brighter Word Than Bright: Keats at Work and the novel An Impenetrable Screen of the Purest Sky.

Wednesday, March 5

Monday, March 23

Tuesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 25

Thursday, March 26

  • Mar
    Literary Festival: THE OPEN MIC  
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
    Center for Chicago Programs Johnson Science Center, Middle Campus 

    Lake Forest College’s monthly reading series gets dirty for DIG IT!, the 11th Annual Lake Forest Literary Festival. 

Friday, March 27

  • Mar
    Literary Festival: Honoring Philip Levine  
    12:00 p.m. 
    Carnegie Hall 300 English majors, faculty and Editor of Poetry Magazine Don Share will honor the work of a great American poet, Philip Levine.