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Series will kick off June residency of Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.

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WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series, a week-long series that features readings from faculty, advisory board members and alumni, will be held from June 23 to 27.


The series, with events from 7 to 9 p.m. daily, will launch the June residency of the university’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.


There also will be a book fair each night, sponsored by Barnes & Noble in downtown Wilkes-Barre, that will highlight books by the series’ featured authors.


Events will be held at Barnes & Noble, 7 S. Main St., and the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 84 W. South St., and are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.


• June 23


An opening reading at Barnes & Noble will feature the work of poets and fiction and non-fiction writers including Karen McElmurray, Cecilia Galante, Neil Shepard, Nina Solomon, Dawn Leas, Kaylie Jones, Taylor Polites, Robert Mooney and Phil Brady.


• June 24


A film for program members only.


• June 25


Activities will be at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.


There will be a sampling of poetry, nonfiction and fiction with readings from David Poyer, Kevin Oderman, Christine Gelineau, John Bowers, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Lenore Hart, Jeff Talarigo, Nancy McKinley and J. Michael Lennon.


• June 26


This event will feature readers’ theater performances at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.


The performances will include works by playwrights Robert Arthur, Bonnie Culver, Gregory Fletcher, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush and Juanita Rockwell.


• June 27


The closing night will celebrate the work of featured faculty and alumni who are publishing books in the upcoming year, including Barbara Taylor, Laurie Lowenstein, Chad Mullen, John Koloski and Kevin Conner.


Taylor and Lowenstein are publishing their first novels through Kaylie Jones Books and Mullen and Koloski have published their first novels through Northampton House Press, an e-book initiative.


Both Kaylie Jones Books and Northampton House Press were launched by Wilkes University faculty and provide writers with the opportunity to share their writing.


“Pitchfork,” a short film written by Conner, a program graduate, will be screened.


It was directed by Todd Oravic and Ryan Wood, also graduates of Wilkes University.


Sara Pritchard, a faculty member and author of “Crackpots” and “Lately,” will be featured at the reading.


Her pending novel is “Help Wanted: Female.”


Beverly Donofrio, another faculty member and author of “Riding in Cars with Boys” and “Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace,” also will be featured at the readings.


John Buffalo Mailer, actor, screenwriter, journalist, playwright and producer, will be the special guest.


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