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Point Park University Writers' Series

Pictured is author and poet Karyna McGlynn leading a master class at Point Park. | Photo by Amanda Dabbs

About the Writers' Series

The Department of Humanities and Human Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences hosts Writers’ Series events each year. These events are offered through Point Park's English/creative writing program and include public lectures and master classes in the areas of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

The public lectures are free and open to the public while the master classes are exclusively for Point Park University students.

Pictured is best-selling novelist Stewart O'Nan, who is the featured speaker at the spring 2015 Point Park Writers' Series. | Photo by Beth Navarro

Spring 2015 Speaker Was National Best-Selling Novelist Stewart O'Nan 

Stewart O’Nan taught a master class exclusively for Point Park University students and then led a public reading on campus March 11, 2015. Learn more.

O'Nan is the author of 15 novels including West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; A Prayer for the Dying and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the bestselling Faithful.

His novel, Last Night at the Lobster, was a national bestseller and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. O’Nan was born and raised in Pittsburgh where he lives with his family.

Pictured is award-winning poet and Point Park Writers' Series speaker, Marcus Wicker. | Photo by Elizabeth Randolph

Fall 2014 Featured Award-Winning Poet Marcus Wicker

Award-winning poet Marcus Wicker was the featured speaker at the fall 2014 Point Park University Writers' Series. Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing, selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series.

His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter and many other magazines. Wicker's awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. He is an assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana, poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review and director of the New Harmony Writers Workshop.

Pictured is author and poet Karyna McGlynn. | Photo submitted by McGlynn

Wicker earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University. To learn more, follow Marcus Wicker on Twitter and check out the web feature on Marcus Wicker's master class at Point Park.

Previous Writers' Series Guest Lecturers:

Pictured is award-winning poet Eduardo Corral. | Photo by J.W. Stovall

Learn More

For more information about the Writers' Series, contact Assistant Professor Karen Dwyer, Ph.D. or Associate Professor Sarah Perrier, Ph.D.

Pictured is author and poet Mary Biddinger.

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