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Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series Brings Distinguished Authors to Wilkes University

The Wilkes University English Department’s Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series will bring three distinguished writers to campus in the spring 2020 semester. Each of the writers will visit campus to read from his or her work and conduct workshops with students. The readings are free and open to the public.

The writers in the 2020 series are:

Alice Sola Kim, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., The Salon of Kirby Hall

Alice Sola Kim’s writing has appeared in publications such as The Cut, Tin House, McSweeney’s, Lightspeed and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017. She has received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is the winner of the 2016 Whiting Award.

Poupeh Missaghi, Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m., The Salon of Kirby Hall

Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator of Persian, Iran editor-at-large for Asymptote Journal and an educator. She holds a doctorate in English/creative writing from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her debut novel, trans(re)lating house one, was published by Coffee House Press in February 2020.

Howard Norman, Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m., The Salon of Kirby Hall

Lannan Award winner Howard Norman is a novelist, memoirist, and children’s author. Recent works include the memoir I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place and the novel The Ghost Clause. His books have been translated into 14 languages and awarded the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation from the Academy of American Poets. A longtime faculty member at the University of Maryland and the New York Summer Writers Institute, Norman is working on a memoir of friendship with the painter Jake Berthot, titled The Wound Is The Place The Light Enters You; a collection of his letters sent to W.S. Merwin from Japan while walking Basho's okunohosomiche, Narrow Road to the North; and a graphic noir, Detective Levy Detects, with illustrations by Annie Bakst. According to E.L. Doctorow, "Both in his fiction and nonfiction, Howard Norman is a national treasure-- that rarest of things, an original mind writing original prose."

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 46 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.