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Maslow Faculty Reading Series At Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Jan. 8-12

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Dec. 19, 2016) – Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series will be held nightly from Sunday, Jan. 8 to Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The series, which is part of the January residency for the University’s graduate creative writing program, features readings by faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program.

The January series will be highlighted on Wednesday by a workshop production of a new play, Norris:  A Ticket to the Circus. The one-woman show, written by Wilkes creative writing program director Bonnie Culver, chronicles the experiences of the late Norris Church Mailer, the wife of writer Norman Mailer. Other highlights of the reading series include the premier of a feature film produced by creative writing program faculty member Susan Cartsonis, and a reading by poet Tim Seibles, poet laureate of Virginia and a member of the creative writing program advisory board.

The reading series runs from 7 to 9 p.m. each night and is free and open to the public. The Sunday reading will take place at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Public Square, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, and the subsequent readings will take place at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. Monday night’s film screening will be held at R/C Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. A nightly book fair, sponsored by Barnes & Noble, features books for purchase by the authors.

Maslow Reading Series:

At Barnes & Noble, S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre

SUNDAY, Jan. 8 – 7 to 9 p.m. Bookfair begins.

The program features readings in poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction by creative writing faculty John Bowers, Lenore Hart, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Cecilia Galante, Bill Schneider, Kevin Oderman, David Poyer, Becky Bradway and Robert Mooney

At R.C. Movies 14, E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre

MONDAY, Jan. 9 – 7 to 9 p.m.

The evening will include screenings of a feature short film Can’t Dance, written and dircted by faculty member Richard Uhlig, and the premier of new full-length feature film produced by faculty member Susan Cartsonis. The Hollywood Reporter named Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year in 2000 for What Women Want (Paramount)—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release. She recently produced the teen hit The Duff (CBS Films/Lionsgate) which opened in February 2015, as well as Beastly (CBS Films), Aquamarine (20th Century Fox) and executive-produced No Reservations (Warner Bros.).

The following readings areat Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, Wilkes campus

TUESDAY, Jan. 10 – 7 to 9 p.m. Bookfair continues.

The night will feature the work of fiction, poetry and nonfiction program faculty, including Taylor Polites, Kaylie Jones, Christine Gelineau, Nancy McKinley, Beverly Donofrio, Sara Pritchard, Laurie Jean Cannady and Phil Brady

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11 – 7 to 9 p.m. Bookfair continues.

The evening will feature the workshop production of a new play by creative writing program director Bonnie Culver, Norris:  A Ticket to the Circus, a one-woman show starring K.C. Lieber. The play is based on the memoir of the late Norris Church Mailer, wife of writer Norman Mailer. Wilkes playwrighting faculty include Jean Klein, Juanita Rockwell, Gregory Fletcher, Robert Arthur and Jan Quackenbush.

THURSDAY, Jan. 12  – 7 to 9 p.m. Bookfair concludes.

The final night features readings of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by faculty, alumni and special guest readers, including alumnus Brian Fanelli, advisory board member J. Michael Lennon, featured guest John Buffalo Mailer, faculty member Jeff Talarigo, advisory board member Tim Seibles and featured guest poet Oliver de la Paz.

About Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program

The Wilkes University graduate creative writing program is an accredited, nationally recognized low-residency program offering both an M.A. and an M.F.A. in creative writing with five areas of concentration: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. The program also added a new master of arts degree in publishing in June 2013 and a track in documentary film in June 2014. Both the publishing and documentary film tracks are 30 credit low-residency programs. Students in all programs spend eight-day residencies in January and June on campus and complete the project semesters online. For more information, please visit www.wilkes.edu/creativewriting or call 570-408-4527