Longer form plays—written, directed and performed by Wheaton students—will be showcased in our annual festival. This festival includes four performances over 2 days, different works will be featured at each seating. 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. daily.

Seniors graduating with a degree in creative writing and literature showcase original works of poetry, fiction and dramatic writing.

Diana Khoi Nguyen is a first-generation Vietnamese-American poet whose book, Ghost Of, is an elegy for her brother, and she explores the difficulties felt by parents from this culture.  A brief Q&A will follow this evening event.

Original plays—written, directed and performed by Wheaton students—will be showcased in our biannual festival.

Arda Collins poetry features a quiet assertive voice that builds or collects or accumulates a domestic space.  It is an approach to subject matter and context that has, in the poetry world, found a greater voice through women poet’s work.

Writer, teacher, and tattoo artist, Phuc Tran, reads from his humorous and introspective memoir, “Sigh, Gone. A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In”, about his family’s escape from Vietnam, displacement in America, and his struggle to fit in during high school.  A brief Q&A will follow this lunchtime event.

Writer Kim Adrian reads from her memoir “The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet” and discusses growing up with the confusion and chaos of mental illness and generational trauma.  A brief Q&A will follow this lunchtime event.

Graduating seniors from the Creative Writing program read from their original work. The program features all genres. Join us in congratulating these students on their outstanding writing.



Please note: Wheaton College requires masking for at all events, regardless of vaccination status. Seating is limited.

Poetry-based art movements have functioned as an important locus of community organizing and political discourse across both Puerto Rico and the U.S. since at least the 1930s. In this interactive workshop, scholar-activist-poet Dr. Melinda González will perform poems, facilitate a poetry writing workshop, and discuss the role of poetry spaces in disaster recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria across the Puerto Rican diaspora.
This workshop is sponsored by the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program, the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning, WorldFest, and the Departments of English and Anthropology. 

African American author, columnist, and public speaker Deesha Philyaw will read from her debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, which won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in fiction.

This event will also be available virtually via Zoom, register here.