Toni Jensen is the author of Carry, a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, and a short story collection, From the Hilltop. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for 2020. Her essays and stories have been published in journals such as Orion, Catapult… More about the author
Frederick McKindra, fiction writer and essayist, lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Howard University and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the New School. His essay “Becoming Integrated” from the Oxford American was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018… More about the author
Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2020 Stanley Kunitz Prize and her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, APR, The Atlantic, Poetry Northwest, and Poets & Writers, among others.… More about the author
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Because we know you like to read, and because we imagine you might like to hear one of your favorite authors, we wanted to reach out to you. As you probably can guess, wellknown authors often have very high speaking fees, think $10,000 to $100,000+. As the Fest’s budget is very small, ordinarily the Fest does not offer speaking fees. This makes it difficult to recruit many high-profile authors. With the help of some remarkable volunteers, the Fest has had some amazing good fortune over the years, yet realistically we know that some authors we’d like to feature (and think you would like too) will never come for travel and lodging only.
That’s where you come in. Book clubs are filled with passionate readers. And some of you might be willing to help us with this goal. Chairs Susan Santa Cruz and Gael Sammartino are already “off and running” with several pledges from book club members. We hope you’ll consider donating. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made to CALS Foundation, and sent to 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. Please designate “Book Club Campaign” in your check’s memo section.
For anyone who donates, later down the line we’ll be sending a short list of authors we think might be able to be secured with funds raised. If you donate, you will get to vote on these, and possibly hear the author at the Fest. We hope you’ll consider this.
Any donation is appreciated. Thanks for your consideration and we hope to see you at the 2020 Fest (April 23-26)!
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