The Hoyt Library is proud to announce an Open Mic Night with three featured authors, Chris Champion, Dawn D’ Aries Zera, and Eric Wilson, on Thursday, August 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Reading Room of the library. The authors will read a selection for fifteen minutes each, followed by a limited open mic of the 5 people, limited to 5 minutes each. Features will be one fiction, one-non-fiction, and one poet.
Come and listen to the work of Chris Campion, the author of The Jiu-Jitsu Bum published by Northampton House
Press. He earned an M.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University and a B.S. in elementary education from Temple University. His fiction has appeared through Fiction365.com and East Meets West: American Writers Review. Chris is currently teaching English and Literature at Lackawanna College, and is an outside reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.
Meet Dawn D’Aries Zera, who is a graduate of the Wilkes University M.A. /M.F.A creative writing program, where she worked as a graduate assistant in production and research for the film Kids for Cash. After years as a journalist, editor and public relations specialist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City, she has turned her attention to more creative pursuits, including work on a novel, The Effect of Drilling on Songbirds. Her short plays have been produced in Scranton, her poetry has been featured in Luzerne County buses, and a short film she produced, Pitchfork, currently is making the festival circuit. She also has had her writing published the past year by Hippocampus and PANK literary journals. Last year, she led a children’s creative writing summer camp at the Penn State, Lehman Township campus. She currently teaches writing at University of Scranton, Marywood University, Kings College and Bloomsburg University, is a grader for Penn Foster College, and is the managing editor of Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter @dawnmdzera and on Instagram at dawniemdzera.
Introduce yourself to Eric Wilson is a pipe fitter in the water industry who likes the sight of penguins more often than not. He has a glorious wife, and two fantastic children who share his love for peanut butter and machine lubricants. His work has appeared relatively nowhere due to a debilitating fear of postage stamps, envelope glue, and modern technology. He is the president of SwanDive Publishing Company, and cannot wait to meet you in person.
In addition, come and meet this year’s summer’s coordinator, 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 has a collection of poems included in the anthology, Everyday Escape Poems, published by SwanDive Publishing. 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 and TheThePoetry, and a poetry editor at CityLitRag.
Walk-ins are welcome for Open Mic Night, or you can register by calling call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, or for additional information, visit the library’s web page www.hoytlibrary.org.