The Hoyt Library and Wilkes Creative Writing Program to Present Valley of the Minds, a Summer Reading Series – First Installment, June 20th 6:30 PM

The Hoyt Library and Wilkes M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing Program are proud to present Valley of the Minds – a summer reading series.The reading series showcases visiting and local writers. The showcase will be followed by an open mic session. Writers of prose and poetry are welcome to participate in the open mic session as well as lovers of oral interpretation who may not have an original piece, but still wish to perform.

The first installment of the Valley of the Minds will take place Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. (doors will open at 6:15 p.m.) in the Hoyt Library’s community room. The showcase is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

This month’s reading series will feature Cecilia Galante, Dawn Leas, and Jason Lucarelli.

Cecilia Galante is the author of six young-adult novels. Her first, The Patron Saint ofButterflies, (2008) was the recipient of numerous awards, including an Original Voices Award by Borders, an Oprah Pick for Teens, and a Best Book of the Year by the NAIBA. Her second novel, Hershey Herself (2008), has recently been translated into Polish, while Willowood (2009) was recently distinguished as a Keystone Award nominee for Best Book of the Year. Her most recent novels, The Sweetness of Salt, (2010), nominated for a Best Fiction for 2011 by YALSA, and The Summer of May, released in May, 2011, was selected as a Summer Favorite by The Washington Post. Currently under contract with Random House to write an 8-book chapter book series for young readers, Galante has just released the first three books in the series to rave reviews, with world rights sold to both Japan and Turkey. Her sixth, currently untitled young adult novel about a teenage exorcist was also just sold to Random House, and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014.

Dawn Leas’ chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, was released in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Mama, Southern Women’s Review, Interstice, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review and elsewhere. In past lives she was a copywriter, freelancer, admissions director and middle-school English teacher. Currently, she is the associate director of the Wilkes University M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing programs and a contributing editor at Poets’ Quarterly.

Jason Lucarelli lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is in the final stages of completing his MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His essay “The Consecution of Gordon Lish: An Essay on Form and Influence” was published by the online literary magazine Numéro Cinq.

Please note: the Hoyt/Wilkes does not pre-screen the writing pieces read during the event. Content may not be suitable for children. 


For more information contact the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, extension 239.

The Hoyt Library is located at 284 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston: telephone number is 570-287-2013. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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