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Tulsa LitFest

April 17-18, 2020

Tulsa LitFest brings together diverse literary artists and writers to collaborate and inspire, enriching the Tulsa community. 

Dear LitFest Community,

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community, so we made the difficult decision to cancel Tulsa LitFest.

With all of us--and writers, educators, students, and booksellers in particular--facing new challenges, we want to help! We created a weekend of talks and presentations. Please check out the links below to support our authors and participants.

In the meantime, take good care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021, with an even bigger and better festival.

Tulsa LitFest ONLINE

A Conversation with Terese Mailhot​ 

Dr. Lindsey Claire Smith, director of the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa chats with Terese Mailhot, author of the compelling memoir, HEART BERRIES. Terese was to be a headliner of the 2020 Tulsa LitFest, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was moved online. With OSU alumna Jasha Lyons-Echohawk calling in, Smith and Mailhot discussed motherhood (in a pandemic!), deciding how much cultural information to share, telling the truth and making active choices to love. Funding for this event was provided by the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, American Indian Quarterly Journal and the Oklahoma State University Department of English. 

Virtual Author Talk: Writers on Greenwood with Lisa E. Wright and Quraysh Ali Lansana 

Lisa E. Wright is a writer, PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University, and an Editorial Assistant for Cimarron Review. Her work has been published in Hippocampus Magazine, “The Muslim Journal,” and the 2017 Anthology Oklahoma Writing Project Summer Institute. 

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of the poetry collections The Skin of Dreams: New and Collected Poems 1995-2018, The Walmart Republic; mystic turf, They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems, and Southside Rain. His chapbooks include reluctant minivan, bloodsoil (sooner red), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005, and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms. He has also written three children’s books, including A Gift from Greensboro and The Big World. Quraysh is also the editor of eight anthologies and is the last student of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks. He is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, a member of Tri-City Collective, and a faculty member at OSU-Tulsa.

Virtual Workshop: Let's Make Comics with Literati Press

Let's Make Comics is a free and open to all ages tutorial on the basics of sequential art led by published comic book creators along with staff from Literati Press Comics & Novels. Page layout templates designed by Natasha Alterici (Heathen) are provided as well as basic drawing materials so that artists can experiment with sequential storytelling.

Virtual Small Press Fair

The RoadRunner Press: Watch this video of Gaye Sanders reading THE SURVIVOR TREE. 

Penny Candy Books: Chad Reynolds of Penny Candy Books has created this helpful video about recent titles that are good reads for educating kids at home. He also includes a few exercises you can do with children to help them create their own poetry comics.

Tulsa LitFest is presented by:

Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, PEN America and Magic City Books

With Additional Support from our Community Partners:

LitFest Leadership:


  • Lindsey Claire Smith, Director, Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
  • Jeff Martin, Founder, Magic City Books

Advisory Committee:

  • Liz Blood, Tulsa Artist Fellowship
  • Anthony Brinkley, Living Arts
  • Shawn Crawford, Tulsa Library Trust
  • Allen Culpepper, Tulsa Community College
  • Blayklee Freed, The Tulsa Voice
  • Grant Jenkins, University of Tulsa
  • Karl Jones, Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
  • Eilis O’Neal, Nimrod International Journal
  • Cristine Segui-Harris, OSU-Tulsa
  • Carolyn Sickles, Tulsa Artist Fellowship
  • Barbara Thompson, Trabar Communications


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