The 2023 YSU English Festival

45th  English Festival

April 19, 20, and 21, 2023



Thomas and Carol Gay Memorial Lecturers

Rita Williams-Garcia Chris Crutcher
“Writing stories for young people is my passion and my mission. Teens will read. They hunger for stories that engage them and reflect their images and experiences. . . . My readers are always sharper than my characters. They are always telling the characters a thing or two. I like that. That’s why I enjoy writing for teens. Teens think. They question.” “I think the value in books like mine, and a great number by other talented writers, is in the ability to bring dark subjects into the open where they are not so dark, where they can be talked about and considered by teens and adults alike.”   


James A. Houck Memorial Lecturer 

Eliot Schrefer 
"…the primary trait of young adult literature is that the author’s emphasis is on plot and character and not on his own brilliance."





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