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Check Out the Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series Starting Jan. 6

Wilkes University’s Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series, which highlights the January 2019 residency for the University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, features debut authors and program faculty, many of whom are prize-winning authors, as guest readers. Readings are held nightly from Jan. 6 to 10.

The week-long series will include alumni readers Sam Chiarelli, whose memoir "Dig: A Personal Prehistoric Journey" was published by Books by Hippocampus, Dana Miller, whose novel "Twisted Fate"  was published by Northampton House Press, and Laurie Loewenstein, whose mystery novel "Death of a Rainmaker" was published by Kaylie Jones Books. Loewenstein’s book was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and Library Journal and a Best Mystery Novel of 2018 by South Florida Magazine.

The January series officially welcomes adult and young adult novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard as a new member of the Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program faculty. Mitchard’s novel "The Deep End of the Ocean"  was an Oprah’s Book Club selection and was made into a feature film.

The full schedule for the week follows:

SUNDAY, Jan. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble. Bookfair begins.
Opening night will feature fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry readings by program faculty and alumni. Readers include Bill Schneider, Kevin Oderman, David Poyer, Dana Miller, Lenore Hart, Christine Gelineau, Nina Solomon and Nancy McKinley.

MONDAY, Jan. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center. The book fair continues throughout the week.
Monday's readings include creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. Readers will be Donna Talarico, Jeff Talarigo, Mike Lennon, Sam Chiarelli, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Robert Mooney and Jacquelyn Mitchard.

TUESDAY, Jan. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center. 
The night will feature the work of fiction, poetry and nonfiction program faculty and alumni, including Laurie Loewenstein, Kaylie Jones, Beverly Donofrio, Ronnie Stevens and Phil Brady.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center. 
Playwrights night will feature faculty member Juanita Rockwell with the showing of a film and discussion of two productions of her opera "Backwards from Winter."

THURSDAY, Jan. 10  from 7 to 9 p.m. at RC Movies 14.
Film night will feature faculty member Susan Cartsonis, executive producer of Disney Films "Freaky Friday." The film showing will be followed by a Q&A. 

About the Wilkes University Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Wilkes University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing offers the master of arts and master of fine art degrees in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, publishing and documentary film. Program faculty are working, producing writers who mentor students one-on-one through the process of creating a full-length creative project. The Graduate Creative Writing program is offered in two formats. In the low-residency format, students learn online and attend two eight-day residencies each January and June. For the weekender program, students will learn online and attend four face-to-face weekend class sessions each term. For more information, please visit www.wilkes.edu/creativewriting or call 570-408-4527.