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.


Join us for the Fall 2019 Writers Series event.

As part of the annual Arts Day celebration on campus, we are pleased to welcome poets Heather Hamilton and Eric Bliman to campus. 

Wednesday, October 9

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Allen Auditorium in Warfield Hall

Heather Hamilton is a native of Mobile, Alabama. She holds an MFA from the University of Florida and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she received an Academy of American Poets prize. Her poems have appeared in Subtropics, Birmingham Poetry Review, RHINO, Willow Springs, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, Poetry Northwest, and Verse Daily, among other journals. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and teaches at Pennsylvania State University—Harrisburg.

Eric Bliman's chapbook Travel and Leisure won the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship in 2012. His poems have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Subtropics, Southern Review, Quarterly West, Birmingham Poetry Review and other journals. He holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati, where he volunteered at the Cincinnati Review. He teaches composition, technical writing, and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University—Harrisburg.

The Writers Series is sponsored by the program in English and Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities degree.