Valley of the Minds Panel Discussion Program

The Hoyt Library is proud to announce the continuation of the Valley of the Minds Program with three local authors:  Dr. Jaclyn Fowler, Keith Gilman, and Barbara J. Taylor.
Each author will read from their own work, a selection from another author of their choice, and have robust discussions with the audience and one another, on Thursday, July 24th, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room.


Come and meet Dr. Jaclyn Fowler who is managing editor of Etruscan Press. She has taught English, Creative Writing, Education K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners, in both the traditional ground and asynchronous online classrooms. She served several independent schools as head of their academic programs and sat on the PA State Board of Private Schools. Dr. Fowler received her doctorate in Education and Second Language Acquisition from The Pennsylvania State University and received her MFA and MA from Wilkes University’s Creative Writing program.


Listen to Keith Gilman who has been a police officer in the Philadelphia area for twenty_MG_7041WEB.jpg years and his writing reflects that experience. His debut novel, Father’s Day was awarded the Best First Novel Prize by the Private Eye Writers of America. His second detective novel, My Brother’s Keeper, followed the samelead character in the city of brotherly love.His third book, Bad Habits is a story collection which includes, “Devils Pocket,” a truly inspired work of modern noir, nominated for a Macavity Award 2011.


In addition, come and meet author, Barbara J. Taylor, who was born and raised in Scranton, PA, and teaches English in the Pocono Mountain School District. She has her master’s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University, and still resides in the “Electric City”.  Her first novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, is a Publishers Weekly Top Summer Read for 2014.


This summer’s coordinator is local author Dawn Leas, who has published I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and is available in print and in Kindle versions.  She also authored, Everyday Escape Poems.  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.

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register by calling call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013. Sign up for this free event today! 

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