Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual PEN/Hemingway Award recipient. This prestigious award is given for a novel or collection of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction. The author then visits the University of Idaho to read and to meet with students, faculty and the community during the festival.
This year, the University of Idaho English Department’s 9th annual Hemingway Festival will celebrate the 101st anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s graduation from high school. To this end, the first half of the festival’s Literary Evening fundraiser event will feature selected readings from Hemingway’s own high school efforts, along with excerpts from the winning entries of the 2018 Hemingway High School Writing Contest. The second half of the fundraising program will include readings by 2017–2018 UI Hemingway Fellow Grant Maierhofer and 2017 PEN/Hemingway Award winner Yaa Gyasi.
The festival will also host readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty, and students, including a sneak peek event at BookPeople of Moscow, and a reading at Moscow Public Library; an academic panel on Hemingway and his scholars; and a high school writing contest. All festival events, with the exception of the fundraising dinner, are free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event benefits the University of Idaho Ernest Hemingway Fellowship Fund.
Tickets and more information on festival events will be made available soon.
For more information about the Hemingway Festival, please call the UI English Department at 208-885-6156.