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Maslow Salon Reading Series Features Alumni From Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program

The Maslow Salon Reading Series celebrates the 10th anniversary of Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program with a week of readings by alumni of the program who have written and published or produced work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. The series is part of the residency for the Wilkes Graduate Creative Writing Program and the readings are free and open to the public. 

The series begins Friday, June 19 with special readings by alumni and faculty with books published this year. Following a private gala for program students, faculty and alumni on Saturday, the reading series resumes on Sunday, June 21 and runs through Thursday, June 25. Friday night’s readings start at 7:30 with all other nights beginning at 7.

The Maslow Salon Reading Series events will take place at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at the corner of River and South streets, Wilkes-Barre. Books by the authors will be available for purchase in the lobby immediately following the readings at a book fair sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

Among the notable alumni reading during the week are:

  • Marlon James will read from his latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings,which  was chosen as one of the best books of 2014 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, The Houston Chronicle and Publishers Weekly.  The book was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
  • Morowa Yejide’s novel Time of the Locust was a 2012 finalist for the national PEN/Bellwether Prize and longlisted for the 2015 PEN/Bingham award. The book was also a 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work.
  • Barbara J. Taylor, a Scranton native, whose novel Sing In The Morning, Cry At Night, was chosen as a Publishers Weekly best summer read, also will read from her work. 

The  complete schedule of readers for the Maslow Salon Reading Series follows: 

Friday, June 19 from 7:30–9:30 p.m.: 

Opening night will kick off with poetry, fiction, and nonfiction readings by alumni Lori A. May, Stanton Hancock, Lauren Stahl, Dawn Leas and Bill Landauer. They will be joined by program faculty Cecilia Galante, Gregory Fletcher, Kevin Oderman and Phil Brady. 

Sunday, June 21 from 7–9 p.m.:

Readings continue with poetry, fiction and nonfiction by alumni Donna Talarico-Beerman, Chris Bullard, Monique Lewis, Jim Scheers, Jen Bokal, Tara Caimi, Nisha Sharma, Barbara Taylor and Laura Moran.                                

Monday, June 22 from 7–9 p.m.:

Monday evening will feature film clips from the works of alumni Jonathan Rocks, Christina Aponte-Smith (who publishes under the name Phoenix Ash), Kevin Conner, Autumn Stapleton-Laskey, Shawn Hatten, Heather Davis and L. Elizabeth Powers.

Tuesday, June 23 from 7–9 p.m.:

Tuesday night is a return to poetry, fiction and nonfiction with readings by alumni Lori Myers, James Craig, Amye Archer, Ginger Marcinkowski, Gale Martin, John Kosloski, Laurie Loewenstein, Brian Fanelli and Sandee Gertz.

Wednesday, June 24 from 7–9 p.m.:

Wednesday evening showcases staged readings by playwright alumni Matthew Hinton, Dania Ramos, Rachel Strayer, Adrienne Pender, Dane Rooney, Kait Burrier and Cindy Dlugolecki.

Thursday, June 25 from 7–9 p.m.:

Thursday night focuses on fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including readings by Marlon James, Morowa Yejide, Jim Warner, Joshua Penzone, Salena Vertalomo-Fehnel, Richard Fellinger, Heather Harlen, Kaylie Jones and Taylor Polites.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. In addition to 39 undergraduate majors,Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu