Wilkes University


Novelist Rivka Galchen Opens Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series Feb. 28 at Wilkes University

The Wilkes University English Department will host the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series featuring distinguished authors Rivka Galchen, Henry Veggian and Valeria Luiselli. Throughout the spring 2017 semester, the writers will visit campus to read from their work. The readings will take place in the salon of Kirby Hall, 202 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. These events are free and open to the public.

About the authors:

Rivka Galchen


Tues., Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Rivka Galchen received her medical degree with a focus in psychiatry from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her master of fine arts degree at Columbia University, where she was a Robert Bingham Fellow. Galchen has published essays in The Believer and Scientific American.

In 2006, Galchen published her first collection of short stories, titled American Innovations. In one of these stories, a young woman’s furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. In a third, the petty details of a property transaction illuminate the complicated pains and loves of a family.

Her first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, became a finalist for the Mercantile Library’s John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust 2008 Fiction Prize, and Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.


Henry Veggian


Thurs., March 16 at 7 p.m.

Henry Veggian is a senior lecturer in American literature at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. His work has appeared in boundary 2, Modern Fiction Studies, American Studies, Reader and Quaderni d’Italianistica. His essay on Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland is in the collected volume Pynchon’s California (University of Iowa Press).

He was raised in and around the editorial offices of Il Progresso Italo-Americano, the historic Italian language newspaper of New York City, and honors that memory by maintaining steady editorial work at boundary 2, Rodopi Editions’ Dialogue Series, and with an essay collection about the writing of President Barack Obama.

Veggian’s most recent book, Understanding Don DeLillo, examining the work of the influential American novelist and screenwriter, was published in 2014 by University of South Carolina Press.


Valeria Luiselli


Tues., April 11 at 7 p.m.

Born in Mexico City in 1983, Valeria Luiselli published a book of personal essays titled Papeles falsos (Sidewalks) in 2010. Her first novel, Los ingrávidos (Faces in the Crowd) was originally published by Sexto Piso in April 2011 and in the United Kingdom by Granta in May 2012. In 2014 she was named one of the 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation in the United States.

Luiselli’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Asymptote, McSweeney’s, Granta, Letras Libres and The New York Times. Her most recent novel, La historia de mis dientes (The Story of My Teeth), is one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2016.

She recently completed a doctorate in comparative literature at Columbia University, and her work has been published in 14 languages.