The Wilkes University English Department’s Allen Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series presents poet Jim Daniels at a reading on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Hall Salon, 202 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. The event is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow the reading and discussion.
Daniels’ recent collection of poems, Birth Marks, is published by BOA Editions, Ltd. The collection features the work of a poet of the working-class and city streets, as Daniels travels from Detroit to Ohio to Pittsburgh, from one post-industrial city to another, across jobs and generations. Daniels focuses on the urban landscape and its effects on its inhabitants as they struggle to establish community on streets hissing with distrust and random violence.
Daniels is the recipient of the Tillie Olsen Prize, Brittingham Prize for Poetry, National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, Poetry 180, and the Writer's Almanac. He is the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University where he received the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service, and a Faculty Service Award from the Alumni Association. A native of Detroit, Daniels is a graduate of Alma College and Bowling Green State University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family near the boyhood homes of Andy Warhol and Dan Marino.
Daniels’ visit to Wilkes University is presented by the Wilkes University English Department and sponsored by the Allen Hamilton Dickson Fund.