Dawn Leas of Shavertown, Pa., has joined Wilkes University’s low-residency graduate creative writing program as associate director. In her new role, she will assist program director Bonnie Culver with marketing, outreach, student recruitment and program development.
“Dawn brings experience, leadership ability and an outstanding work ethic to this position,” Culver said in announcing the appointment. “She is already an accomplished poet and brings credit to the program as one of its graduates. As an alumna, her enthusiasm for Wilkes’s low-residency M.A./MFA will enhance her ability to represent it to prospective students.”
Leas comes to Wilkes from Wyoming Seminary, where she was an English teacher in its lower school. Prior to joining the faculty at Seminary, she served as director and associate director of lower school admission. Earlier in her career, she worked as a freelance writer and editor and was a copywriter for CDS Creative in Forty-Fort.
Her chapbook of poems, I Know When To Keep Quiet, was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared in Interstice, Willows Wept Review, Writers’ Bloc, Literary Mama and Women’s Review. She won first place in East Meets West American Writers Review Fall 2011 contest and earned an honorable mention in the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize in 2005. She is a contributing editor for Poets’ Quarterly. A frequent presenter at writing workshops throughout northeast Pennsylvania, Leas has read her work at venues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York state.
Leas earned the master of arts and master fine arts degrees in creative writing from Wilkes University and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English magna cum laude from the University of Scranton.