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WITS

Many authors have participated in the Fest’s Writers in the Schools initiative over the years. The authors travel to schools in the Central Arkansas region speaking directly to students. WITS presenters include Higgins Bond, Rick Campbell, Andrés Cerpa, Geffrey Davis, Elizabeth Eckford, Laurie B. Friedman, Lillian Li, Carla Killough McClafferty, Roman Muradov, Chigozie Obioma, Emily X. R. Pan, Ian S. Port, Joe David Rice, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin.
Sponsored by Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

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Little Readers Rock

Fairy and folk tales rule the day at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, including authors, animals, activities, book giveaways, even a live version of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
In partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock.

Pose Like a Prince/Princess: Photo Booth
Capture a regal moment with your kids.
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Classroom

Take Home Free Tales: Book Fair
Choose your own FREE books from several.

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Peace & Prose

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Levi Agee, Mike Mueller, Sister Deborah Troillet, and author Mark Freeman, You Are Not a Rock, discuss texts that inspire a richer meditation practice.

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NLRHS Theatre

Get ready to laugh at some of the improvised and rehearsed scenes by North Little Rock High School Theatre students.

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Jericho Brown & Geffrey Davis

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book of poetry, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal

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Crystal C. Mercer & Randi M. Romo

Crystal C. Mercer, author of A Love Story Waiting to Happen, is just, as they say, a little girl from Little Rock. An all around Afro-Creative, Mercer is a textile artist, actor, activist, poet, and author. She is founder and creative director of Columbus Creative Arts + Activism, and designer and lead merchant of SAFI FABric MARKET. She fuses arts and activism by using theatre and textiles to tell social justice narratives, through merchandising and storytelling,

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Teen Poetry Competition

Come hear the winners from the CALS branch contests.

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Andrés Cerpa & Ruben Quesada

Andrés Cerpa is the author of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and CantoMundo. Cerpa’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in PloughsharesPoem-a-Day, the Kenyon ReviewThe Bellevue Literary ReviewTriQuarterly, the RumpusFrontier PoetryWest BranchFoundry Journal

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