Thirteenth Annual Festival
November 14-16, 2013

Dates and Registration:

The 13th Annual Winter Wheat Festival will take place from November 14-16, 2013. Registration is open! Pre-registration is recommended, but registration is also available at the Festival.

Guest Readers:

Mark Brazaitis is the author of five books of fiction: The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award; Steal My Heart, winner of the 2001 Maria Thomas Fiction Award; An American Affair: Stories, winner of the 2008 George Garrett Fiction Prize; The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize; and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His book of poems, The Other Language, won the 2008 ABZ Poetry Prize. Brazaitis's short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Sun, Ploughshares, Witness, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Poetry International, Poetry East, and other magazines.
A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Brazaitis is also the director of the West Virginia Writers' Workshop, the fundraising committee chair of the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and the advisor to the WVU Figure Skating Club.

Matt Bell's debut novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods was long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby. His writing has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Fantasy, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers. He teaches creative writing at Northern Michigan University.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The Believer, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry 2013. She's received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King/Chávez/Parks Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Where to Stay:

Hotels in Bowling Green include the Best Western Falcon Plaza (419-352-4671), Days Inn Bowling Green (419-352-1520), the Hampton Inn (419-353-3464), and Holiday Inn Express (419-353-5500).

Where to Eat:

Bowling Green is home to many great eateries, such as Pisanello's Pizza, Uraku, Sam B's, Easy Street, El Zarape, and Naslada Bistro. There are also several restaurants in the food court of BGSU's Bowen-Thompson Student Union, where Winter Wheat takes place.


To locate parking on BGSU's campus, please see our campus map.

Prout Chapel (Thursday night) and the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Friday and Saturday) are located in the southwestern end of campus, closest to the corner of Thurstin and E. Wooster.

On Thursday and Friday, guests may use the pay lots near the Union. We will also have limited parking passes available for one of the nearby campus lots; please contact us if you will need a pass.

On the Saturday of the Winter Wheat weekend, guests will be able to park in Lot E's unmarked spaces for free. (Lot E is across Thurstin from the university).

About the Festival:

Winter Wheat, created in 2001, is a festival celebrating writers and readers, produced by Mid-American Review and hosted on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

In workshops, students, faculty, and guests from the Bowling Green community and beyond come to learn, discuss, and most importantly write. Through "keynote" readings, special guest authors read their work, sign books, and talk with Winter Wheat participants. Winter Wheat creates the ideal environment for graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff, community writers, and those from other states to mingle and create new work, effectively planting the seeds of new writings for future harvest.

Winter Wheat kicks off each year with a Thursday night reading. Friday and Saturday are filled with craft-oriented sessions. Friday's sessions begin in the afternoon and are followed by a reading by one of our featured readers. Saturday includes a bookfair, where literary journals show and sell their latest issues, and presenter' books are available. The sessions (four time slots) run all day. There is a reading in the afternoon by one of the featured readers, followed by the annual Open Mic, with a light dinner.

Winter Wheat is sponsored by MAR, the Creative Writing Program at BGSU, Prairie Margins, the Graduate Writers Club, the Creative Writing Alumni Fund, and donations from attendees. The festival would not be possible without our generous donors! Donations for Winter Wheat and MAR can be made through checks made out to BGSU Foundation, with Mid-American Review in the Memo line. Thank you for your support!