Wilkes University to Host LitFest from June 21-27

by Kelly Clisham
photo of audience members under the tent at litfest

Wilkes University will host its fourth annual LitFestfrom June 21-27. Sponsored by the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing as part of the program’s June residency, the celebration of the written word features literary readings and book signings from program alumni, faculty and guest artists. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, June 21 | 7 p.m. | Fenner Quadrangle
Juneteenth Celebration of Black Writers | Hosted by Angelique Palmer

  • Mildred Mills, alumna (memoirist) author of Daddy’s House                                              
  • Monique Franz, alumna (playwright/essayist), author/editor of Black Diaspora
  • R. Alan Brooks (graphic novelist/comics writer), author of Grieving Mall

Saturday, June 22 | 7 p.m. | Fenner Quadrangle
Journey of the Book | Interviews with creative writing faculty with new book releases

  • Gregory Fletcher (YA and playwright), author of Tom and Huck Sitting in a Tree
  • Jaclyn Fowler, alumna (novelist), author of Jack: The Almost True Story of the Molly Maguires
  • Jessica Goudeau (narrative non-fiction), author of We Were Illegal: Uncovering a Texas Family’s Mythmaking and Migration
  • Ursula Villarreal-Moura (flash fiction and novelist), author of Like Happiness, a novel

Sunday June 23 | 7 p.m. | Fenner Quadrangle
Faculty Reading

  • Christine Gelineau, poetry/nonfiction
  • Amanda Rabaduex (alumna), poetry
  • Phil Brady, poetry/nonfiction
  • Angelique Palmer, poetry/spoken word
  • Caroline Hayduk (alumna), poetry

Monday June 24 | 7 p.m. | Dorothy Dickson Darte Center
Film and Talk-Back: Sitting in Bars with Cake

Screenwriter Audrey Shulman and producer Susan Cartsonis

Tuesday June 25 | 7 p.m. | Fenner Quadrangle                
Faculty Reading

  • Bonnie Culver, playwright/novelist
  • Teresa Friedman (alumna), novelist  
  • Kaylie Jones, novelist/memoirist
  • Robert Mooney, novelist
  • Alexis Paige, non-fiction
  • Jeff Talarigo, novelist

Wednesday June 26 | 7 p.m. | Dorothy Dickson Darte Center
Playwrights’ Night

  • Nicole Pandolfo
  • Rachel Strayer
  • Ruth Connors and Mandy Pennington, Scranton Fringe preview

Thursday, June 26 | 4:30 p.m. | Dorothy Dickson Darte Center

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, will participate in a podcast about banned books with Jessica Goudeau and Christine Renee Miller, faculty members and co-hosts of “The Beautiful and the Banned.”

Thursday June 27 | 7 p.m. | Fenner Quadrangle
Featured Reading

  • Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning
  • Barbara J. Taylor, alumna, author of Rain Breaks No Bones
  • Matt Bell, author of Appleseed and Refuse to Be Done
  • Rev. Shawn Amos, author of Ellis Johnson Might Be Famous and Cookies and Milk
  • Margaret Talbot, author and staff writer for the New Yorker

For more information on the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, visit wilkes.edu/cw.

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