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Maslow Faculty Reading Series at Wilkes University Kicks Off Graduate Creative Writing Program Residency, June 23-27

Contact: Vicki Mayk

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (June 6, 2013) – Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series will be held nightly from Sunday, June 23 to Thursday, June 27, 2013. The series, which kicks off the June residency for the University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, features faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program. Readings are held at the downtown Barnes and Noble in Public Square, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre and the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The readings are from 7 to 9 p.m. each night and are free and open to the public. A book fair, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, features books for purchase by the authors.

The June series will be highlighted by a June 27 reading featuring Wilkes faculty and alumni who are publishing books in the upcoming year. Featured at the readings are Wilkes faculty Beverly Donofrio, author of Riding in Cars with Boys and Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace; and Sara Pritchard, author of Crackpots and Lately. Pritchard’s forthcoming novel is Help Wanted: Female.

Also reading on June 27 are Wilkes alumni Barbara Taylor, Laurie Lowenstein, Chad Mullen and John Koloski. Taylor and Lowenstein are publishing their first novels through Kaylie Jones Books, a New York-based imprint of Akashic Books. Mullen and Koloski have published their first novels though Northampton House Press, an e-book initiative. Both Kaylie Jones Books and Northampton House Press were launched by Wilkes faculty and have provided new writers with the opportunity to share their innovative writing.

Pitchfork, a short film written by program graduate Kevin Conner of Wilkes-Barre, and directed by Wilkes graduates Todd Oravic and Ryan Wood, will also be screened on June 27.

Maslow Salon Reading Series  (free and open to the public unless otherwise noted):

At Barnes and Noble

SUNDAY, June 23 (at Barnes and Noble, Public Square)  7 to 9 p.m.


The opening reading will feature the work of poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, including

Karen McElmurray, Cecilia Galante, Neil Shepard, Nina Solomon, Dawn Leas, Kaylie Jones, Taylor Polites, Robert Mooney, Phil Brady

MONDAY, June 24


At the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University

TUESDAY, June 25 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center)  7 to 9 p.m.


A sampling of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction is planned, including readings from David Poyer, Kevin Oderman, Christine Gelineau, John Bowers, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Lenore Hart, Jeff Talarigo, Nancy McKinley, J. Michael Lennon

WEDNESDAY, June 26 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center)  7 to 9 p.m.


Reader’s theatre performances will be featured, including the work of playwrights Robert Arthur, Bonnie Culver, Gregory Fletcher, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, Juanita Rockwell

THURSDAY, June 27 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center)  7 to 9 p.m.


The final night of readings will celebrate the work of featured faculty and alums Barbara Taylor, Laurie Lowenstein, Chad Mullen, John Koloski, Kevin Conner

Faculty:  Sara Pritchard and Beverly Donofrio

Special guest:  John Buffalo Mailer (actor, screenwriter, journalist, playwright and producer)

For more information about the readings, faculty, or Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Programs, contact Dr. Bonnie Culver or Dawn Leas at 800WILKESU, Ext. 4534. 


Published On: 6/6/2013
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