Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series will be held nightly from Sunday, June 15 to Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. A special reading by alumni of the University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program will be held on Friday, June 13 at 7: 30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble. A June 19 reading of Wilkes Creative Writing program board member William Kennedy will highlight the June series.
The series, which kicks off the June residency for the 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.
Maslow Salon Reading Series (free and open to the public):
At Barnes and Noble
Friday, June 13 (at Barnes and Noble, Public Square) 7:30 to 9 p.m.
A special reading of Wilkes creative writing alumni will feature readings from new authors at Kaylie Jones Books, a New York-based imprint of Akashic Books, and Northampton House Press. Justin Kassab, Laurie Lowenstein and Barbara Taylor will be reading from their novels published by Kaylie Jones Books. Salena Fehnel, John Koloski and Todd McClimans will be reading from work published by Northampton House Press. Kaylie Jones Books was founded by creative writing faculty member Kaylie Jones. Northampton House Press was launched by faculty member David Poyer. Both have provided new writers with the opportunity to share their innovative writing.
Sunday, June 15 (at Barnes and Noble, Public Square) 7 to 9 p.m.
The opening reading will feature the work of poetry, fiction and non-fiction writers, including
Kaylie Jones, Cecilia Galante, Neil Shepard, Nina Solomon, Kevin Oderman, David Poyer, Taylor Polites and Beverly Donofrio
Monday, June 16 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) 7 to 9 p.m.
Highlighting the night is a screening of Wendy Hammond’s Julie Johnson, produced by Shooting Gallery Films, starring Lili Taylor, Courtney Love and Spalding Gray, and directed by Bob Gosse. The film premiered in the Sundance Film Festival and played in film festivals all over the world winning many awards including Best Feature in the Barcelona Film Festival and an Audience Award in Berlin. Wilkes faculty and screenwriters include Ross Klavan, Wendy Hammond, Michael Mailer, Ken Vose, Richard Uhlig
Tuesday, June 17 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) 7 to 9 p.m.
A sampling of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction is planned, including readings from Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Becky Bradway, Christine Gelineau, John Bowers, Lenore Hart, Jeff Talarigo, Sara Pritchard, and Nancy McKinley
Wednesday, June 18 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) 7 to 9 p.m.
Reader’s theatre performances will be featured, including the work of playwrights Jan Quackenbush, Bonnie Culver, Juanita Rockwell, Jean Klein, Robert Arthur, and Gregory Fletcher
Thursday, June 19 (at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center) 7 to 9 p.m.
The final night of readings will celebrate the work of featured faculty Robert Mooney, J. Michael Lennon, Phil Brady, as well as a special reading by Wilkes Creative Writing board member William Kennedy
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.