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Yellow Springs resident Yvonne Seon will be part of a literary event at Wilberforce this weekend.

Yellow Springs resident Yvonne Seon will be part of a literary event at Wilberforce University this week.

Wilberforce to host literary festival

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Wilberforce University will present its second annual Authors and Publishers Literary Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. The Festival promotes the stability and economic parity of African American authors and publishers, and is designed to enhance literacy among the area’s youth and adults. This year’s theme is “literature of the African diaspora.” The event will take place at Wilberforce University, 1055 North Bickett Road, in Wilberforce, and is free to the public.

The keynote speaker is renowned educator, poet, and author, Dr. Yvonne Seon (formerly Chappelle). Other presenters include Joyce Barnes, author playwright, and educator; Valerie Coleman, Pen of the Writer Publisher; Melica Niccole, spoken word poet; Wilberforce University Choir; and Wilberforce student performers.

Beginning with the Negritude Movement of the 1930’s to today’s spoken word poetry, workshops and performances will demonstrate how art, history, and culture influence literature. They will examine the preservation of culture through the inventive telling of our stories.

Contact Linda Renner for more information regarding event at or 937.708.5704.



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