HPU To Host Annual Phoenix Festival

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 17, 2010 ? High Point University will host a convergence of creative writers at the 40th annual Phoenix Festival, including this year?s special guest, Daniel Wallace, the J. Ross MacDonald distinguished professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The highlight of the daylong festival begins at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public.

More than 100 students from area high schools, as well as students from HPU, will participate in the festival. Each student submits poetry and works of fiction to the event judges, where it receives constructive criticism. Published authors of poetry and fiction also discuss submissions by the students during campus workshops.

The festival’s special guest, Wallace, is best known for his novel, “Big Fish,” which was made into a film by Tim Burton. His other novels include “Ray in Reverse,” “The Watermelon King,” “Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician,” “O Great Rosenfeld,” and a children?s book, “Elynora.” His work has been published in more than two dozen languages, and his stories, novels and non-fiction essays are taught in high schools and colleges throughout the country. Wallace currently serves as an English professor at UNC Chapel Hill, which is also his alma mater.

The Phoenix Festival begins in the morning, with an opening session and then workshops for students and teachers. It is then followed by a closing session ? the 1 p.m. event ? that consists of a reading and a question-and-answer session by Wallace, followed by awards announcements.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu. 

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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