June Events/Readings

June has been a busy month for me in terms of readings and literary events. This month is also important because Wilkes University is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of the M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program. I can’t say enough positive things about that program and the community it fosters among writers from across the country. Because of the program, there are reading series happening in various pockets of the country, started by current students and alumni of the program. Next week, alumni will return to campus to read.  The readings are free and open to the public. I’m sharing the schedule below, as well as an event happening tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 17 7:30 p.m. Wild Mischief: A Reading Series & Literary Gathering, Washington Square Park, Philadelphia

I’ll be reading with Carrie Reilly, Kate Budris, Die Dragonetti, and Dawn Leas. Admission is free, and there will be a short open mic after.

As promised, here is the list of the readings happening on Wilkes University’s campus all next week.


7:30-9:30: Opening reading, Maslow Salon Reading Series, Theater, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center

Special opening night—faculty w/new books and opening celebration of program alums:

(poetry, fiction, nonfiction)

Lori A. May, Cecilia Galante, Gregory Fletcher, Kevin Oderman, Dawn Leas, Lauren Stahl, Bill Landauer, Stanton Hancock, Phil Brady


7:00-9:00: Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series at Dorothy Dickson Darte Center

(poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction)

Donna Talarico-Beerman, Chris Bullard, Monique Lewis, Jim Scheers, Jen Bokal, Tara Caimi, Barbara Taylor, Nisha Sharma, Laura Moran


7:00-9:00: Maslow Foundation Evening Reading Series, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center/bookfair:

Celebration of alums (film night):

Jonathan Rocks, Christina Aponte-Smith (Phoenix Ash), Kevin Conner, Autumn Stapleton-Laskey, Shawn Hatten, Heather Davis, L. Elizabeth Powers


7:00-9:00 Maslow Foundation Salon Reading series, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center/bookfair:

 Celebration of alums (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction):

 Lori Myers, James Craig, Amye Archer, Ginger Marcinkowski, Gale Martin, John Koloski, Laurie Loewenstein, Brian Fanelli, Sandee Gertz


7:00-9:00 Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center/bookfair

Celebration of alums (playwrights night):

Matthew Hinton, Dania Ramos, Rachel Strayer, Adrienne Pender, Dane Rooney, Kait Burrier, Cindy Dlugolecki


7:00-9:00: Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center

(poetry, fiction, and nonfiction)

Celebration of alums and special thanks to Kaylie Jones:

 Jim Warner, Joshua Penzone, Salena Vertalomo-Fehnel, Heather Harlen, Richard Fellinger, Taylor Polites, Morowa Yejide, Kaylie Jones



AWP Reading

With AWP only a few days away, my social media feeds have been blowing up with invites and notices about panels and readings that my friends are doing, so I figured that I would share info about the on-site reading that I’m doing.

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Wilkes University’s M.A./M.F.A. program in creative writing, there will be a reading featuring two faculty members, Bob Mooney and Neil Shepard, my thesis mentor,  and two students, Marlon James, author of A History of Seven Killings, and I. The reading will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in L100 D & E of the Minneapolis Convention Center, where the conference is being held.

For a full description of the reading, including our bios, click here. 

If you’re going to AWP, safe travels!

Win a Copy of All That Remains

Wilkes University, where I received my M.F.A., is giving away a free copy of my latest book of poems, All That Remains. All that you have to do is leave a comment on the website, and you will be entered into the contest. One person will be selected at random to win a copy of the book. The book will then be shipped via UPS.

Here is the link.

Leave a comment on the Wilkes website for a chance to win. Good luck!

Jim Daniels at Wilkes U

The other day, while blogging about some local literary events going on in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre one, I forgot to mention one, and it’s a good one.

Poet Jim Daniels will be reading at Wilkes University, Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Salon.  The event is free. Here’s a brief bio of Daniels:

Daniels has been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981. His recent books include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, and All of the Above, poetry; and Trigger Man, short fiction. Street, a book of his poems accompanying the photographs of Charlee Brodsky, won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association. In addition, he has edited or co-edited four anthologies, including Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” in Billy Collins’ Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series.

Daniels has received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.

This marks the second time in less than a year that Daniels has read in NEPA. Last April, he read at Keystone College. If you like working-class, narrative poetry, then I recomend catching Daniels Thursday night. He is a fine poet and a good reader, too.


Back to the Base

Tonight, I’m reading as part of the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing alumni night. I’m sharing the stage with fiction writer Taylor Polities and poets Jennifer Diskin, Laura Baudo Sillerman, and Chris Bullard. The reading will be held at 7 pm at the Dorothy i Darte Center, and it’s free and open to the public. We’re also going to be joined by National Book Award Finalist William Heyen, a poet, and Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy, a fiction writer.

Over the last 9 or 10 months, I’ve read at so many venues, both locally and out of state, but this is a reading I’m really pumped for because several of the poems from my chapbook Front Man were at the very least drafted during my time in the Wilkes program. Furthermore, as a student, I was given a lot of attention and support from the faculty, especially the poetry mentors. So, it’ll be nice to return and present some of the poems from the book to faculty and students, especially to those that didn’t read the book yet.

I’m also pleased that I’m share the stage with some alums from my cohort. Taylor and Chris started the program when I did. So, our class is well-represented.

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, come out to the reading. Again, it’s free and open to the public.