Writers Series Events

  Each semester, the Department of English and Mass Communications sponsors poets, novelists, prose writers, or creative non-fiction authors to visit campus and present readings of their latest works. Past writers presented in the series have included Scott Hightower, John Gery, Richard Katrovas, Diane Vance, and Laurel Black. The readings are announced at the beginning of each semester and are free and open to the public


Announcing the 2014/2015 Wilson College Writers Series Events!
Thursday, October 2
: A reading of work in honor of Alice MacKenzie Swaim ‘32
Thursday, November 13: Sharon Erby, author of the short-story collection Parallel (Harvard Square Editions, 2014)
Tuesday, March 24: Hugh Martin
Wednesday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m.: President Emerita Gwendolyn Jensen will be celebrating the publication of her second book As if Toward Beauty

All Writers Series events are free and open to the public.

Gwendolyn Jensen

President Emerita

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DATE: Wednesday, April 22, 2014
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Allen Auditorium, Warfield Hall

Gwendolyn Jensen was born in 1936 and grew up in Lansdowne, PA. She began writing poems when she retired in 2001 from Wilson College (Chambersburg, PA) where she had served as president for ten years. Her Bachelors degree is from the University of Hartford, her Masters from Trinity College (Hartford), and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

After teaching history at the University of New Haven she moved into administrative work serving as graduate dean at the University of New Haven, and then as academic dean, first at Western State College (Gunnison, CO) and then at Marietta College (Marietta, OH).

Her poems have been widely published in both electronic and print journals, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Harvard Review, Tears in the fence, The Malahat Review, Measure, Salamander, and Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine. She serves as a board member of Off the Grid Press.

Birthright is her first book of poems. It was published in 2011 in a letterpress edition by Birch Brook Press and had a second printing early in 2012. Her second book, As if toward Beauty, is also with Birch Brook Press and will appear later this year.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Department of English and Communications of Wilson College.