Literary Festival

Save the dates for this year’s Literary Festival!

15th Annual Literary Festival: “Zombiefest”
April 3, 4, 5th 2014
Newman University campus
Wichita, KS

Download the festival program

Call for Abstracts

Scholarly or creative approaches related to this year’s zombie theme or other topics are welcome and encouraged. The keynote speaker will be Robin Becker, author of the zombie novel Brains.

Submit 250-word abstracts to Dr. Susan Crane-Laracuente at by Monday, March 3rd. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2226.

Our 2014 Keynote Speaker will be Robin Becker, author of the novel Brains.

Robin Becker

Talk scheduled for Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Jabara Flexible theater, De Mattias Fine Arts Center. 

Robin Becker is proud to have grown up in Hackensack, New Jersey, even though she left at 18 and never went back. She has lived in Philadelphia, Austin, San Francisco, Baton Rouge and Kirksville, Missouri. In the spring of 1987, she lived for three months in a 1972 Volkswagen Microbus, traveling across the land like a punk-rock Jack Kerouac. In 1994, she spent nine months backpacking throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe; hepatitis A put her in a Czech hospital and then she flew straight home. In 2000, she received her MFA from LSU.

In addition to writing, Robin plays sloppy guitar and has been in a slew of girl bands.

Robin currently lives in Toad Suck, Arkansas, with her husband Mark Spitzer. She enjoys cooking, fishing and teaching writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

Some reviews of Brains: “A zombie delight for the thinking man (and woman), Brains is a feast of literary parallels, pop culture references, and historical metaphors, with enough blood, guts, and brains to satisfy any zombie lover’s appetite. Smart, gory, and fun.” (S.G. Browne, author of Breathers: A Zombie's Lament)

“Barnes, a rare sentient zombie, tries to develop a program to create a zombie-human nation, but sadly, all he wants is a brain. Yours. A witty and unexpected take on the zombie genre; I had a great time.” (Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author )

“An unusual take on the zombie genre: part Grapes of Wrath, part postmodern memoir.... Becker’s writing is crisp.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Witty and clever, Brains is a thinking zombie’s book about what it means to be human, or almost human, and what we all owe each other whether we like it or not.” (David Wellington, author of Monster Island)