The 2024 YSU English Festival

46th  English Festival

April 17, 18, and 19, 2024


Thomas and Carol Gay Memorial Lecturer

                             Jasmine Warga
"There’s a famous quote from Katherine Patterson where she says when you write for young people you are duty bound to write with hope. And I think that’s so true. You can write about really tough things–you can be honest with kids, and they deserve that honesty–but you also have to leave them with a sense of possibility that they can help change and make the world better than it is. It’s so important to me to make sure kids know their power–that they feel like their voice and actions can make a difference."  

James A. Houck Memorial Lecturer 

                                           Jeff Zentner
"[T]here’s always hope, even in the darkest of circumstances. That’s the through-line of all my books. I believe in hope. Based on the messages I get from readers, that message is being received."





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