Literary Festival


April 9th, 10th, 11th 2015
Newman University campus
Wichita, KS

*Free and open to the public for attendees. A small fee for outside presenters.


Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Hand

Internationally-acclaimed, multiple-award-winning, Science Fiction writer Elizabeth Hand will be joining us for a keynote speech, master class, and panel discussion.

Elizabeth Hand is the author of fourteen cross-genre novels and four collections of short fiction. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (four times), the Nebula Award (twice), the Shirley Jackson Award (twice), and the James M. Tiptree Jr. and Mythopoeic Society Awards. With Paul Witcover, she created DC Comic’s Anima series, and she has written novelizations for several films, including Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, as well as a popular series of Star Wars books for middle-grade readers. She’s been a resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Norton Island Residency Program, and is the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission/NEA. She's also a longtime critic and contributor of essays for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and the Village Voice, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in cultual anthropology from Catholic University. She divides her time between the Maine coast and North London, setting for the third noir novel featuring Cass Neary, Hard Light, forthcoming in 2016. Her short novel Wylding Hall will be published this spring.

Elizabeth Hand’s keynote speech, Bellerophon’ and the Science of Crypto-Aviation,  will be on Thursday, April 9th at 7 p.m. in the Jabara flexible theatre in the DeMattias Building.

Space Prom: featuring live music by The DeVeils



Call for Abstracts

Scholarly or creative approaches related to next year’s science and literature theme or other topics are welcome and encouraged.

Submit 250-word proposals to Dr. Susan Crane-Laracuente at by Monday, March 2nd, 2015. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2226.


Literary Festival Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What exactly is meant by "Scholarly or creative submissions on this [annual theme- this year “Science and Literature”] or other topics are welcome"?
    Participants may present about a wide range of topics and formats not restricted by the annual theme; some present papers/essays; some read from creative work, some display artwork, others play musical instruments or act out short plays, etc. See titles and subjects of past presentations by looking at programs from previous years below.
  2. How do I register for the event and is there a registration fee?
    Please register in advance if you are presenting; for presenters from outside the Newman University community, there is a modest $30 fee. Faculty, students, and participants from the wider community are encouraged and welcome to present: send us your abstracts/ presentation proposals on or before the listed deadline; if your proposal is accepted, we will confirm your place on the program and request you send in your presentation fee.
  3. 3. Is there a full schedule available or a list of conference topics and speakers?
    The full final schedule is available a week or two prior to the festival, after we have arranged all of the presentations.
  4. Are there masterclasses available?
    Keynote speakers most years do present master classes during the festival, and all are welcome to attend these.
  5. Is there a fee for attending any of the panels or presentations as an audience member only?
    No; the conference is free and open to public audience members; individuals and groups are welcome.

Thank you for your interest and we hope you can join us for the festival!