Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series Brings Distinguished Authors to Wilkes University

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Series Kicks Off Feb.12 With Alice Sola Kim

The Wilkes University English Department’s Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series will bring three distinguished writers to campus in the spring 2020 semester. Each of the writers will visit campus to read from his or her work and conduct workshops with students. The readings are free and open to the public.

The writers in the 2020 series are: 

Alice Sola Kim, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., The Salon of Kirby Hall

Alice Sola Kim

Alice Sola Kim’s writing has appeared in publications such as The Cut, Tin HouseMcSweeney’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. She is the winner of the 2016 Whiting Award.   

Poupeh Missaghi, Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m., The Salon of Kirby Hall

Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator of Persian, Iran editor-at-large for Asymptote Journal and an educator. She holds a doctorate in English/creative writing from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her debut novel, trans(re)lating house one, was published by Coffee House Press in February 2020. 

Howard Norman, Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m., The Salon of Kirby Hall

Howard Norman

Lannan Award winner Howard Norman is a novelist, memoirist, and children’s author.  Recent works include the memoir I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place and the novel The Ghost Clause.  His books have been translated into 14 languages and awarded the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation from the Academy of American Poets.  A longtime faculty member at the University of Maryland and the New York Summer Writers Institute, Norman is working on a memoir of friendship with the painter Jake Berthot, titled The Wound Is The Place The Light Enters You; a collection of his letters sent to W.S. Merwin from Japan while walking Basho’s okunohosomiche, Narrow Road to the North; and a graphic noir, Detective Levy Detects, with illustrations by Annie Bakst.  According to E.L. Doctorow, “Both in his fiction and nonfiction, Howard Norman is a national treasure– that rarest of things, an original mind writing original prose.”

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