Poet and Novelist Ben Lerner Reads at the Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series at Wilkes University March 14

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (02/21/2018) Poet and novelist Ben Lerner will be the featured author when the Wilkes University English Department hosts the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Spring Writers Series on March 14. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Hall Salon, 202 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. The event is free and open to the public. Lerner will read from his work and discuss his creative process.

Lerner was born in Topeka, Kan. He received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, among other honors. Lerner is the author of three books of poetry-The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw and Mean Free Path-and two novels-Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04. He also has completed several collaborations with artists, including Blossom, with Thomas Demand. His most recent book is the monograph The Hatred of Poetry. Through his work, Lerner strives to explore the relevance of art and the artist to modern culture.

Lerner holds a bachelor's degree. in political science and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Brown University. He is Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.

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 www.wilkes.edu.