One presenter is a former YSU faculty member.
YOUNGSTOWN -- About 3,000 students from area middle and high schools will participate Wednesday through Friday in Youngstown State University's 27th annual English Festival at Kilcawley Center.
Participants must read seven books on the festival's booklist to attend. At the festival, students hear lectures from the authors; attend workshops on writing, poetry and journalism; and compete in various contests.
This year's festival features Jacqueline Woodson, an award-winning author of picture books and books for young adults. She has won several awards, including the Caldecott Honor, the 2002 Booklist Editor's Choice and the 2003 New York Public Libraries Books for the Teen Age.
Also appearing at the festival are Megan Isaac and Lois Stover.
Isaac, a YSU English department faculty member from 1994 to 2001, wrote "Heirs to Shakespeare Reinventing the Bard in Young Adult Literature."
Stover is a professor and chairwoman of St. Mary College's department of education studies in Maryland and has served as president of the Adolescent Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Other presenters include the Irish folk music band Brady's Leap, consisting of YSU professors; Isaiah Jackson, Youngstown Symphony music director, and members of the cast of YSU's production of "A Comedy of Errors."
For more information, contact Gary Salvner, YSU English department chairman, or Rick Williams, administrative assistant, at (330) 941-3414, or go to the festival's Web site at www.ysuenglishfestival.org.