The First Annual Pygmalion Literary Festival


Have you made your summer plans yet?

Well add Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to the list on September 27th and 28th for the Pygmalion Literary Festival, happening for the first time alongside the Pygmalion Music Festival (in it’s ninth year).

Tantalizing notes from press release: “Designed to showcase writers of national acclaim from the Midwest and beyond alongside Pygmalion’s well established lineup of musicians … the two-day event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the University of Illinois’s Carr Reading Series and HOBART: another literary journal.” Read: all you have to do is get yourself there.

And really, how can you resist this line-up of Rumpus contributors, admired, and more:

Friday, September 27th


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Lania Knight

Chad Simpson

Bayo Ojikutu

Kathleen Rooney

James Greer 


8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Kyle Minor

Roxane Gay

Matt Bell

Saturday, September 28th


3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Amelia Gray

Dan Chaon


7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Andre Perry

Jensen Beach

Elizabeth Ellen

Aaron Burch

Lindsay Hunter

Caroline Kangas calls both Seattle and San Francisco home (though she currently resides in the latter). She recently received a mouthful of a liberal arts degree from the University of San Francisco and can be found selling pirate supplies at 826 Valencia or wandering the streets with her diva of a french bulldog, Elle. More from this author →