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NOC Enid hosts Chikaskia Literary Festival

Alan BereckaJoey Brown

NOC Enid hosts Chikaskia Literary Festival

NOC Enid is hosting the 9th Annual Chikaskia Literary Festival Oct. 20-21.

The festival will be held in the Marshall Building Bivins Chapel.

Featured readers are Alan Berecka of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Joey Brown of Carl Junction, Missouri.

Twenty-two writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas will share their work.

Alan Berecka is the author of five books of poetry, the latest A Living is Not a Life: A Working Title (2021, Black Spruce Press) was a finalist in the Hoffer Awards. His poetry has appeared in such journals and web sites as The Christian Century, The American Literary Review, The Texas Review, The Texas Poetry Assignment and The Main Street Rag. He was recently invited by the Lithuanian Writers Union to take part in their international spring poetry festival which took place in May 2022. This was the second time Berecka has been invited to read in the birthplace of two of his grandparents. He has earned his living for many years as librarian at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. He looks forward to his retirement which will begin in January 2023. He and his wife Alice reside in Sinton, Texas where they raised their now two adult children.

Joey Brown is a poet and a fiction writer. She has authored two poetry collections: The Feral Love Poems (Hungry Buzzard Press) and Oklahomaography (Mongrel Empire Press). Her poems and prose have appeared in The Red Earth Review, Plainsong, Concho River Review, The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Tulsa Review, Oklahoma Review, The San Pedro River Review, and other journals. She has recently completed two new manuscripts—a book length narrative poem set in early-80s oil bust Oklahoma and a mystery novel—for which she is seeking publishers. She frequently performs her poetry at festivals and writing conferences around the Midwest and sometimes beyond. Joey now lives in southwest Missouri with her husband, the novelist Michael Howarth, and spends her free

Lovers of the Language Arts are welcome to come and enjoy works by regional award-winning poets and fiction writers.

The event is free for faculty, staff, students and the general public.

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at