WSU Peace Literature Conference is free

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Wright State University, through its CELIA organization, is hosting several arts events on the theme of “Accords: Peace, War, and the Arts.”

The events hosted by CELIA (Collaborative Education, Leadership & Innovation in the Arts) include:

• “The Visions of Conflict” art show, in the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University, from Oct. 20-Nov. 15

• “Harmony in the Heartland: A Concert for Peace,” featuring Wright State musicians and held at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

• “Ten Years of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize,” a three-day conference, Oct. 29-31, focusing on the question, “How can great literature help us reduce conflict and find peace?”

The conference, which will be held at Wright State University, will be free and open to the public, with the exception of lunches, which are offered at modest fees.

Speakers and panelists include:

• Sharon Rab, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s founder

• John Beckman, author of “American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt”

• Karima Bennoune, author of “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here,” 2014 nonfiction Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner

• Bob Shacochis, author of “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul,” 2014 fiction Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner

• Many other authors and speakers.

To register and to see the specific schedule, go online to

Dr. Andrew Strombeck, associate professor of English Language and Literatures, is the conference organizer.

“Both my department and CELIA thought this conference was important enough to give it strong support, not only to celebrate the 10th year of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 20th year of the Dayton Peace Accords, but also to forge a link between the university’s research and discussions around the topic of peace and the public’s interest in that topic, as well as Dayton’s literary culture, which very much include the literary peace prize,” Andrew says. “We’re excited to widen the circle of discussion and consideration of this important topic, and the question of how literature can contribute to a more peaceful society.”

Andrew’s teaching and research focus is in 20th and 21st century American literature.

He said, “Community members should know that it’s not necessary to attend all three days of the conference; they’re more than welcome to register and attend as many or as few of the sessions as their schedules allow,” Andrew says. “It’s also important to note that the conversations we’ll be having at the conference don’t demand that attendees have read the Dayton Literary Peace Prize literature.”

Upcoming events

• Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Books & Co. at The Greene, Beavercreek: Western Ohio Writers Association will present a Halloween Beatnik Cafe, with members reading original pieces around the subject of Halloween.

• Saturday, Oct. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library’s Wilmington-Stroop Branch (3980 Wilmington Pike, Kettering): “Self-Publishing vs. Finding a Publisher” will shed light on the world of book publishing. The session will be led by Carol Cartaino, who has more than 40 years of experience in the book business, including 10 years as editor-in-chief of Writers’ Digest books.

• Sunday, Oct. 18, 2-3:30 p.m., Books & Co. at The Greene: Antioch Writers’ Workshop presents the free mini-workshop Prepping for NaNoWriMo (which is National Novel Writing Month in November). Learn more about Antioch Writers’ Workshop at

• Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Word’s Worth Writing Center is offering “NaNoWriMo: Kick in the Pants,” led by author Katrina Kittle. The class will be held at the conference room of the Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Ave.

• Tickets are on sale now for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop’s 30th anniversary celebration and fundraiser, to be held at Warped Wing Brewery on Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

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Sharon Short ( is a novelist and director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Contact Sharon with news about your book club or organization. Email: Twitter: @SharonGShort