Free and open to the public, the event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave.
The festival is geared to raise awareness, money and foodstuffs for Writers' Harvest, the nation's largest annual literary benefit to fight hunger. Donations of cash, checks and non-perishable food are welcome, and all donations will go to the Food Bank of Iowa.
The event will feature student poetry and fiction readings from the most recent edition of Periphery, Drake's student literary and art journal.
Writer Johnathon Williams, who served as one of the 2010 contest judges for Periphery, will also read from his work.
Williams's poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2009, Unsplendid, Tar River Poetry and the Pebble Lake Review. He is a founding editor of Linebreak, a weekly online magazine of original poetry.
The Writers and Critics Series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake Center for the Humanities. For more information, contact Jennifer Perrine at 515-271-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.