The Town of Wickenburg is calling all authors to be a part of the award-winning Wickenburg Literary Festival on April 13, 2019 in Historic Downtown Wickenburg.
There will be an exciting new layout to the event, but please take notice it will involve road closures on Valentine/Garcia St. in front of the Wickenburg Community Center. Entry into the Community Center will be accessible from the back entrances to the facility. Signage will be in place to direct traffic. For more information on parking and road closures please visit see the map tab.
The free community event will start at 9 am in the Wickenburg Public Library. Events throughout the day include a “Chalk the Block” sidewalk art competition, musical and dance presentations and the annual Wickenburg PTA book fair.
Now in its fourth year, the 2019 Wickenburg Literary Festival will be accentuated with author presentations. In addition, Kathy Lynn Young will offer a stirring story performance on the Trail of Tears; author and artist Marilyn Wiley will also be in attendance with tales from a wagon train that traveled from Texas to Arizona. Local school choral groups will take the stage demonstrating another form of storytelling through song. An exciting writing workshop through Arizona State University will take place to encourage the burgeoning writer and hone technique. Additional highlights will be entertainment sponsored by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts including a drum circle, street performers and the headliner of the event, Western duo Dan McCorison with Doug McKee.
This year’s literary festival is made possible by a number of community partners, including the Town of Wickenburg, Wickenburg Library Society, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, Wickenburg Art Club, Wickenburg Unified School District #9, Wickenburg PTA Book Fair, Friends of the Wickenburg Public Library, and Del E Webb Center for the Performing Arts.
- Highlighted Authors
- Children Activities
- Stage Shows
- Special Events
- PTA Book Fair
- Writer Workshops
Kathy Lynn Young
Trail of Tears Location: Library Time: 8 am
Author and dynamic presenter for the stories, history and heritage of the Cherokee Nation. She will be offering a stirring recount of the Trail of Tears through images, stories and song. She will also have an interesting display of artifacts that were prevalent among the Cherokee Tribe during this time period.
Wagon Train Location: Library Time: 12 p.m.
Marilyn Wiley is a Western artist, adventurer and author of two books: 'Buffalo Chips and Co. and 'Rocky Fire'. Both are true stories right out of the West based on her own experiences.
Chalk the Block
Location: Community Center Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join the Town of Wickenburg and the Wickenburg Art Club and decorate the block with festive designs inspired by your favorite book.
Arts and Crafts
Location: Community Center Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tell your story with activities hosted by the Recreation Department with the Town of Wickenburg.
Location: Main Stage Time: 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy storytelling through song with the Hassayampa Elementary Coyote Chorus.
Bookmark and Essay Winners
Location: Main Stage Time: 11:50 a.m.
Location: Main Stage Time: 12:05 p.m.
Wickenburg High School choir with take the stage with song, entertainment and a preview of their Spring Musical.
HEADLINER: Dan McCorison withDoug McKee
Location: Main Stage Time: 1 p.m.
MCA Records artist Dan McCorison will take the stage with his signature Western sound. Mr. McCorison's roots are steeped in songwriting and that sure fire country music. His music career began with Dusty Drapes and the Dusters, headlining packed shows and opening for the likes of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Flatt and Scruggs and Linda Ronstadt. Dan's trail finally led him to Nashville where he lived for twenty years writing and recording with some of the finest writers and musicians in country music. He has played all around the USA as well as in Japan, Australia and Europe. He is a proud member of the International Western Music Association and the Pro Cowboy Country Artists Association.
Drum Music Circle
Location: Community Center Time: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Sponsored by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, the Drum Music Circle brings the collaboration of sound and expression in a unified story told to a beat.
Location: Throughout Event Time: 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the wonder and whimsy of stilt walkers, hoola hoop dancers and more!
Location: Library Time: 10 a.m.
Authors that have come to showcase their work are given a time to introduce themselves and answer questions. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet one-on-one with amazing talent.
Location: Library Time: 10 a.m.
Join in on the creative process with this dynamic writer's workshop led by ASU.