UND has announced the visiting authors who are scheduled to participate in the 51st annual Writers Conference, which takes place March 25-27 at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus.

This year’s special guests include authors Reginald Dwayne Betts, Roy Guzman, Jessica Fischoff, Miles Lagoze, Laila Lalami, Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Matt Young and Jenny Zhang; and The Flatt Mountain Bluegrass Boys.

A film festival is also planned.

All conference activities are free and open to the public.

Everyone is invited to learn more about the authors at pre-conference discussions planned for 2 to 3 p.m. on the following Sundays at Archives Coffee House, 3012 University Ave.:

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Feb. 16 -- A discussion on “Eat the Apple,” by Matt Young with Crystal Alberts, director of the Writers Conference and faculty member in the UND Department of English;

Feb. 23 -- A discussion on the work of Laila Lalami with Patrick Henry, UND Department of English;

March 1 -- A discussion on “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison,” by Reginald Dawyne Betts, with Daphne Pedersen, UND Department of Sociology; and

March 8 -- A presentation on the work of a visiting artist, not yet confirmed, with Nicole Derenne, UND Department of Art and Design.

Books for the Writers Conference will be on sale at the UND Bookstore and Ferguson Books, said Alberts. Some or all may be available for check out at local libraries, including Grand Forks Public Library, East Grand Forks Campbell Library and the UND Chester Fritz Library.

Community members may use the Chester Fritz Library and can obtain a library card, she said.

A schedule of Writers Conference activities is available online at www.und.edu/writers-conference.

For more information, contact Alberts at crystal.alberts@UND.edu.