Wilkes University

Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series

Hosted by the Wilkes University English Department, the Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series features a variety of authors, poets, directors and others accomplished writers annually. Guest speakers frequently read selections of their works and answer questions at the event.

Recent Speakers

Margaret Atwood

Author of The Handmaid’s Tale
April 2022
Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has been sharing the power of the written word since publication of her first novel, The Edible Woman, in 1969. She has crafted more than 50 volumes of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature.

Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages. She has garnered worldwide acclaim, recognized with the Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.

The critically acclaimed television version of her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale earned 54 Emmy nominations and 15 awards. The series has been renewed for a fifth season. The
dystopian work’s follow-up novel, The Testaments, sold out its initial half-million copy run, requiring two additional printings in just over a week and breaking first-day sales records for Penguin Random House titles that year.

Other screen adaptations of Atwood’s literary favorites include the Netflix limited series Alias Grace and the MaddAddam trilogy, which Hulu has in development.

Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman

March 2022

Jason Schneiderman is the author of four books of poems, most recently Hold Me Tight (Red Hen, 2020). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2016). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Schneiderman is a longstanding co-host of the podcast Painted Bride Quarterly Slush Pile. His awards include the Shestack Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. He is an associate professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Richard Boada

Richard Boada

Richard Boada

Feb. 2022

Richard Boada is author of three poetry collections: We Find Each Other in the Darkness (Texas Review Press), The Error of Nostalgia (Texas Review Press), and Archipelago Sinking (Finishing Line Press). He has been a finalist for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Prize and is a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship. His poems appear in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Urban Voices: 51 Poets/51 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Rhino, Third Coast and the North American Review among others. He teaches for the West Virginia Wesleyan College Low Residency MFA Program and Lane College.

About the Allan Hamilton Dickson Writers Series

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has been sharing the power of the written word since publication of her first novel, The Edible Woman, in 1969. She has crafted more than 50 volumes of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. The critically acclaimed television version of her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale earned 54 Emmy nominations and 15 awards. The series has been renewed for a fifth season. The
dystopian work’s follow-up novel, The Testaments, sold out its initial half-million copy run, requiring two additional printings in just over a week and breaking first-day sales records for Penguin Random House titles that year.

Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman is the author of four books of poems, most recently Hold Me Tight (Red Hen, 2020). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2016). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Schneiderman is a longstanding co-host of the podcast Painted Bride Quarterly Slush Pile. His awards include the Shestack Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. He is an associate professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Richard Boada

Richard Boada is author of three poetry collections: We Find Each Other in the Darkness (Texas Review Press), The Error of Nostalgia (Texas Review Press), and Archipelago Sinking (Finishing Line Press). He has been a finalist for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Prize and is a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship. His poems appear in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Urban Voices: 51 Poets/51 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Rhino, Third Coast and the North American Review among others. He teaches for the West Virginia Wesleyan College Low Residency MFA Program and Lane College.

Howard Norman

Lannan Award winner Howard Norman is a novelist, memoirist, and children’s author. His works include the memoir I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place and the novel The Ghost Clause. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and awarded the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation from the Academy of American Poets.

Poupeh Missaghi

Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, educator, translator of Persian and the Iran editor-at-large for Asymptotejournal.com. Her works of nonfiction, fiction and translations have appeared in numerous journals and she has several books of translation published in Iran.

Zach Linge

Zach Linge’s poems appear in AGNI, Best New Poets 2020, New England Review, Poetry and elsewhere. Their second refereed article was published in a special issue of African American Review on the works of Percival Everett.

Alice Sola Kim

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, and won a 2016 Whiting Award.

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of multiple books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle, A Hologram for the King and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

Alex Burns

Alex Burns is the founding artistic director of Quintessence Theatre Group  an ensemble theater dedicated to the performance and adaptation of epic works of classic literature and drama in Philadelphia.

Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner wrote three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04) and several collaborations with artists (including Blossom, with Thomas Demand). He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, among other awards.

Jean McGarry

Jean McGarry's professional experience includes author, newspaper reporter, translator and university professor. McGarry’s stories have appeared in The Yale Review, Southwest Review and The New Yorker, among others.

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2016. Her works have appeared in 14 languages and multiple publications, including The New Yorker, Asymptote, McSweeney and Granta.

Henry Veggian

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.

Rivka Galchen 

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