The Wilkes University English Department will host the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series featuring five distinguished authors and literary critics during spring semester 2013. The writers will read from their work and speak about the writing process. All readings are free and open to the public.
The featured writers are:
Stephanie Powell Watts
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Salon.
Stephanie Powell Watts teaches at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. We Are Taking Only What We Need, her first book, won the 2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. Her short stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best New Stories from the South anthologies, as well as the Oxford American, New Letters and African American Review. She has also received an Atlantic Monthly nonfiction prize. Prior to completing her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she was a Jehovah’s Witness minister, a shoestring-factory worker, and a food service and office worker in her home state of North Carolina.
Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Salon.
David Wyatt teaches at the University of Maryland where he has been a faculty member for over 20 years. Wyatt’s critical contributions to the field of 19th and 20th Century American Literature is extensive and continues to grow. Wyatt’s latest book, Secret Histories: Reading Twentieth Century American Literature (2010), uncovers real histories hidden within the pages of American literature. When asked about Secret Histories, Wyatt explains, "At the age of twenty-six, I was hired by the University of Virginia to teach a course called 'Twentieth-Century American Literature,' and I have done so almost every year since. When the century turned, I decided to write a book about that experience. This became my second education, as I had to sit down and finally read the books I was supposed to have known. The result is Secret Histories, my love letter to our indispensable past." Wyatt’s book both works to trace the multifaceted American past and models empathetic reading as his act of historical co-creation.
Jeff Mock and Margot Schilpp
Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Salon.
Jeff Mock is the author of a collection of poems, Ruthless (Three Candles Press). His poems appear in The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, The North American Review, Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University.
Margot Schilpp is the author of three books of poetry: The World’s Last Night, Laws of My Nature, and Civil Twilight (all from Carnegie-Mellon UP). Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, New England Review, and The Southern Review. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Fundación Valparaíso (Spain).
Mock and Schilpp live in New Haven, Conn. with their daughters, Paula and Leah.
Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Salon.
Tim Parrish is author of the story collection, Red Stick Men, set in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La. His other books, Fear and What Follows: A Memoir of Masculinity and Racism, and The Jumper, a novel and winner of the George Garrett Prize for Fiction, will be published in fall 2013 by the University Press of Mississippi and Texas Review Press. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals and has been anthologized numerous times. Parrish teaches fiction and co-coordinates the MFA Program at Southern Connecticut State University. He is the recipient of a Gerald A. Freund Grant-in-Aid from the Whiting Foundation, two Connecticut Artists Grants, and a Walter Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference.