Jerry Craven

the John Gray Library

Creative minds will converge for the 2014 Lamar Literary Festival, a two-day event featuring presentations and readings from published authors, creative writing professors and award-winning student writers.

The Lamar University Department of English and Modern Languages will host the event on the sixth floor of the John Gray Library on Thursday, Nov. 13, and Friday, Nov. 14. This year’s festival will recognize the achievements of three small Texas presses, including Beaumont’s own LU Press.

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Jerry Craven

Jerry Craven, head of the Lamar University Press, recently received the Frank O. Connor Award for fiction for his short story “The Stone Salvation Barn.” Craven was chosen by descant, the literary journal of Texas Christian University, in which the story will be published, Lamar University said in a press release. More than 100 stories were considered for this prestigious award.

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