Wilkes University

University Lecture Series

Wilkes Lecture Series - Speakers at Wilkes

Current Speakers

Alice Sola Kim

Plan to join the Wilkes University Department of English for a public reading by Alice Sola Kim.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
  • 3:30-5 P.M.  Workshop, Digital English Studio, Kirby Hall 204
  • 7 p.m. Reading, Kirby Hall Salon (Open to the public)
  • 1-2:15 p.m. Studies in Postmodernism class, Kirby 108
  • RSVP to Mischelle Anthony at mischelle.anthony@wilkes.edu for the workshop and class. Reading is open.

Alice Sola Kim’s writing has appeared in publications such as The Cut, Tin House, McSweeney’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, and is a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award.

Poupeh Missaghi

Plan to join the Wilkes University Department of English for a public reading by Poupeh Missaghi.

  • 3:30-5 p.m. Workshop, Digital English Studio, Kirby Hall 204
  • 7 p.m. Reading, Kirby Hall Salon (Open to the public)

Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator of Persian, the Iran editor-at-large for Asymptote Journal and an educator. She holds a Ph.D. in English/creative
writing from the University of Denver and an M.A. 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 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her debut novel, trans(re)lating house one, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in February 2020.

Howard Norman

Plan to join the Wilkes University Department of English for a public reading by Howard Norman.

  • 7 p.m. Reading, Kirby Hall Salon (Open to the public)

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 fourteen languages and awarded the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation from the Academy of American Poets. A long-time faculty member at the University of Maryland and the New York State Summer Writers Institute, Mr. 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.

“All I Did Was Ask,” an afternoon with Terry Gross

Terry Gross Lecture

Max Rosenn Lecture Series in Law and Humanities

Award-winning host of NPR’s Fresh Air
  • 2:30 p.m., April 19, 2020
  • Dorothy Dickson Darte Center

The moderated lecture, “All I Did Was Ask: An Afternoon With Terry Gross” will offer a behind-the-mic glimpse of her innovative and hugely popular public radio show, Fresh Air. Recounting stories of extremely successful interviews as well as relating entertaining tales of particularly disastrous interviews, Gross will share a side of herself that her listeners rarely get to see. The lecture will be preceded by a student question-and-answer session and conclude with a book signing.


Events are free and open to the public.

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