Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series at Wilkes University Highlights Maslow Family Creative Writing Program from June 17-21

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (06/05/2018) Media contact for this release: Gabrielle D'Amico, Director of Communications (570) 408-4510

Wilkes University's Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series, which highlights the June 2018 residency for the University's Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, features debut authors, program faculty and alumni s as guest readers. Readings are from June 17-21.

The series include a special event featuring alumi and faculty reading from the new anthology, My Body, My Words: a collection of bodies. Authors include Amye Archer, Loren Kleinman, Beverly Donofrio, Leah Vernon, Dawn Leas, Brian Fanelli and Kaylie Jones.

My Body, My Words: a collection of bodies, focuses on the war on body image that is fought behind closed doors-- in dressing rooms, closets, bathrooms, and in the darkest corners of society. The anthology examines the media and pop-culture's idea of what it means to be beautiful.

The readings are held nightly from 7 to 9 p.m. each night. The Sunday reading will take place at 7 p.m. at the downtown Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Public Square, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre and the subsequent readings will take place at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University. A book fair, sponsored by Barnes & Noble, features books for purchase by the authors. All readings are free and open to the public.

The full schedule for the week follows:

At Barnes & Noble, S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre

SUNDAY, June 17 - 7 to 9 p.m. Bookfair begins.

Opening night will feature a poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction sampler with the works of Bill Schneider, Christine Gelineau, Robert Mooney, Rachael Hughes, Taylor Polites, Laurie Lowenstein, Nisha Sharma and Laurie Jean Cannady.

The following readings are at Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, Wilkes University campus. The bookfair continues throughout the week.

MONDAY, June 18 - Private film screening, not open to the public.

TUESDAY, June 19- 7 to 9 p.m.

The night will feature fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction highlighing the work of Rashidah Ismaili Abubkr, David Poyer, Lenore Hart, Kevin Oderman, J. Michael Lennon, Jeff Talarigo, Nancy McKinley and Phil Brady.

WEDNESDAY, June 20 - 7 to 9 p.m.

Playwrights night will feature a reading of playwriting faculty member Gregory Fletcher. Taken from his revised textbook on how to write a ten-minute play, Shorts and Briefs.

THURSDAY, June 21 - 7 to 9 p.m.

The final night will feature alums and faculty reading from the new anthology, My Body, My Words: a collection of bodies. Authors include Amye Archer, Loren Kleinman, Beverly Donofrio, Leah Vernon, Dawn Leas, Brian Fanelli and Kaylie Jones.

About Wilkes University Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program:

The Wilkes University graduate creative writing program is an accredited, nationally recognized low-residency program offering both an M.A. and an M.F.A. in creative writing with five areas of concentration: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. The program also added a new master of arts degree in publishing in June 2013 and a track in documentary film in June 2014. Both the publishing and documentary film tracks are 30 credit low-residency programs. Students in all programs spend eight-day residencies in January and June on campus and complete the project semesters online. For more information, please visit or call 570-408-4527.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 43 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 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