Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series will be held nightly from Sunday, Jan. 5 to Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The series, which kicks off the January 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 January series will be highlighted by a Jan. 6 screening of Michael Mailer’s new film, Seduced and Abandoned, and a reading on Jan. 9 featuring J. Michael Lennon, vice president emeritus for academic affairs, professor emeritus of English and co-founder of the Wilkes University graduate creative writing program. Lennon’s biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer was released Oct. 15 by Simon & Shuster. Norman Mailer: A Double Life is described by The Washington Post as a “great wallop of a book.”
Maslow Salon Reading Series:
At Barnes and Noble
SUNDAY, Jan. 5 (at Barnes and Noble, Public Square) - 7 to 9 p.m.
The opening reading will feature the work of poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction faculty, including Christine Gelineau, David Poyer, Cecilia Galante, Lenore Hart, Taylor Polites, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Jeff Talarigo, Nancy McKinley, Sara Pritchard.
At Dorothy Dickson Darte Center
MONDAY, Jan. 6 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) - 7 to 9 p.m.
A sampling of work will be screened from film faculty is planned, including Susan Cartsonis, Richard Uhlig, Ken Vose, Ross Klavan, Michael Mailer, Robert May as well as a screening of Michael Mailer’s new film: Seduced and Abandoned.
TUESDAY, Jan. 7 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) - 7 to 9 p.m.
A sampling of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction faculty is planned, including John Bowers, Karen McElmurray, Neil Shepard, Kevin Oderman, Nina Solomon, Kaylie Jones, Robert Mooney, Beverly Donofrio, Phil Brady.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) - 7 to 9 p.m.
Playwrights Readers Ensemble theatre performances will be featured, including the work of playwrights Bonnie Culver, Robert Arthur, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, Gregory Fletcher.
THURSDAY, Jan. 9 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) - 7 to 9 p.m.
The final night of readings will celebrate the work of several featured special readings from Wilkes alumni, faculty, and advisory board members, including Todd McClimans, Lori A. May, Rachel Strayer, Dania Ramos, J. Michael Lennon, and H.L. Hix.
Alumna Lori A. May writes across genres and her work has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, Brevity, Writer's Digest, and The Kenyon Review. She is also the founding editor of Poets’ Quarterly, now in its fifth year.
Alumnus Todd McClimans’ American Epochs: Time Traitor is his first traditionally published novel. The first in a series of time travel stories, McClimans takes middle grade readers through American history.
Alumna Dania Ramos has produced several plays, including Mi Casa Tu Casa and Taking Control. She was a finalist in the 2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition (Repertorio Español), the 2013 Liberty Live (Premiere Stages) and a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.
Alumna Rachel Strayer’s capstone project at Wilkes, a full-length play entitled Drowning Ophelia, received its World Premiere production in San Francisco in October 2013. Her short plays Empathy and A Clean Bathroom were produced by Gaslight Theatre Company in 2012 and 2013.