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Poetry Slam and Open Mic Launches Pennsylvania Writers Conference Aug. 5 at Wilkes University

Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program is sponsoring a poetry slam and open mic night as the kickoff event to the Pennsylvania Writers Conference. The event will take place on Friday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Henry Student Center ballroom, 84 West South Street. Performance poet and Wilkes creative writing alumna Laura Moran will host the poetry slam.

Registration for the poetry slam and open mic is open to the public and to all Pennsylvania Writers Conference attendees. A $5 reading fee is required for participation in each event. Cash prizes will be awarded to top performers.

The writing conference continues on Sat., Aug. 6, with writing panels and workshops beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through 5 p.m. The day starts with an opening session featuring National Public Radio book critic Maureen Corrigan and ends with the keynote address by accomplished writer, Jay Parini at 7 p.m. in the Henry Student Center ballroom. Early Bird registration for the conference is $100 through July 22 and $130 after that, with a $40 registration for students with valid ID. For more information, visit www.wilkes.edu/PWC.

Laura Moran is a performance poet and educator. With poetry slam just taking form in 1992, Moran was the 1992 Providence Poetry Slam Grand Champion as well as the 1995 Seattle Grand Slam Champion. She coached or performed on national teams from1995-2000. Moran has authored several collections of poetry including Improper Joy (2006, Stockport Flats) andLive Bait (CD, Great Divide, 2005). She has created three one-woman poetry shows entitled Inhibition Exhibition (2006),Improper Joy: Live (2008), and Eden: The Dark Side of Paradise (2010).

Moran’s full-length play Last Words, which debuted in part at LouderArts Project in New York City and NACL Theatre in upstate New York, follows the last words of the first 100 women legally executed in Colonial America. Her latest work, Desire Line, employs poetic lyric, prose-poem, one-act play and prose essay to explore life as well as the written word while using a layout hierarchy to guide the reader. Moran teaches in the English Department at Lackawanna College.  

Moran was the 2011 Beverly Hiscox Scholar at the Wilkes University Creative Writing Graduate program where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in June 2012.