In addition to our talented faculty, board members, and outside readers, Wilkes has created partnerships with several nationally known organizations.
Etruscan Press is a small non-profit publishing company with a distinctive publishing history, including three National Book Award finalists in poetry. Housed in the Creative Writing offices, Etruscan offers graduate assistantships and internships in publishing to our graduate students.
SenArt Films is an independent film company whose six films include the Academy Award winning film Fog of War. In 2009, Robert May, the company's executive producer, moved SenArt's offices into the Creative Writing building. Nine graduate assistants and Wilkes interns spent the next five years researching, filming, and assisting Mr. May in the making of the powerful new film Kids for Cash.
The James Jones First Novel Fellowship is a $10,000 annual prize awarded to an emerging writer to support a first novel in progress. Kaylie Jones, James Jones's daughter, brought this fellowship to Wilkes in 1991. The University has supported her efforts since that time. Creative Writing students serve as paid readers and screen entries for this annual competition. This national award is one of the largest in the world.
Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, was founded in 2012 by author and faculty member Kaylie Jones. Tired of seeing good, even great books rejected by the publishing world, she started her own imprint. Supported by Wilkes graduate assistants and interns, the company already has found success. Some of its successes include faculty and alums from the program.
Northampton House Press is a small non-profit press founded by two Wilkes faculty members and successful authors: Lenore Hart and David Poyer. This press publishes e-books and softcover books. Its first releases include Wilkes faculty and alums among other authors. Graduate assistantships and program interns have supported the press. The publishers offer books brought back to into print and emerging voices in a variety of genres.
Blue Moon Plays was founded by playwright and faculty member Jean Klein. This online publishing company offers a wide range of play scripts to a national audience. In the past, the program has offered graduate internships to support this company's development.
River and South is a literary e-zine founded and run by Wilkes graduate students and seeks new work by emerging writers of any age who have not gone on to a graduate writing degree. This may include undergraduates, writers without a formal education, and writers from other professions.
Organizations and Publications
All M.F.A. students must complete a six-month internship. Based upon that experience and fueled by their own entrepreneurial spirit and passionate commitment to writing, the following organizations, companies were founded by Wilkes alums:
- At The Inkwell – Monique Lewis
- Hippocampus Magazine– Donna Talarico
- Door is a Jar Magazine- Maxwell Bauman and Ahrend Torrey
- Seersucker Live – Joseph Schwartzburt
|Photo credit: Maureen Corrigan|
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
Since our founding in 2005, the Creative Writing program at Wilkes has proudly sponsored the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. Since 2011, Dr. Bonnie Culver, the Creative Writing program director and co-founder, has served on the AWP Board of Trustees, where she continues to serve as vice-chair. Wilkes is a proud institutional member of this advocacy organization with over 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures attended by more than 12,000 conference attendees at the 2017 annual conference and bookfair in Washington, DC. AWP18 will be held in Tampa, FL from March 7-10, 2018.