Kriti is a South Asian-focused festival, but all are welcome to come; in particular, I'd like to draw your attention to our Editor Guest of Honor, Anjali Singh, Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster (http://imprints.simonandschuster.biz/simonandschuster/anjalisingh), and our Agent Guest of Honor, Anna Ghosh (http://www.ghoshliterary.com/about/). They'll both be doing Q&A and panels during the festival, and I think you'd find it rewarding to attend those.
There will also be a variety of readings and other presentations, including our Guest of Honor reading and talk, from Manil Suri (http://manilsuri.com/), author of City of Devi, among others. For those interested in theatre, I'll draw your attention to Fawzia Mirza's Friday night performance of a one-woman memoiristic play, "Me, My Mother, and Sharmila," to be held in the theater at James Stukel Towers (Halsted and Roosevelt).
Registration is free to UIC students, faculty and staff -- you can just show up, but it's possible that events will fill up, so I'd recommend and request you register in advance, so we get an accurate head count. We're capping attendance at 300, since that's what various rooms will hold.
Register here: http://desilit.org/kriti/register/