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.

Celebrate Arts Day with the Wilson College Writers Series!

Wednesday, October 10
Allen Auditorium

Come and meet the latest member of our English faculty as he reads from his newest book of poetry, and enjoy a little breakfast while you do! 

Dr. Matthew Diltz McBride received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University, and his B.A. from Capital University. He specializes in composition and creative writing. His first book, City of Incandescent Light, was published by Black Lawrence Press in May, 2018. He is the recipient of a Devine Fellowship, a George Elliston Fellowship, an Ohio Arts Council Grant, and a Writers in the Heartland residency. His scholarly interests include composition pedagogy, cultural theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis (specifically the intersections with psychoanalysis and social media). Further, Dr. McBride spends his summers teaching at an agricultural college in Wuhan, China and has been studying Mandarin.


Thursday, November 8
Hankey Center

Come hear paranormal fantasy author Alicia M. Drumgoole! 

Alicia Drumgoole is a writer and an Assistant Professor of English at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, MD. She completed her undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science from Binghamton University and her graduate degree from SUNY Albany. She began her writing career as the Richard J. Roth Journalism Fellow at the New York State Senate. She has had several short works of fiction and poetry published in regional magazines, and she lends a hand writing and copyediting documents for The AbleGamers Foundation. Her first novel, Premonition, written under the pen name Agnes Jayne, is now available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major retailers.


All Writers Series events are free and open to the public. Readings last no longer than thirty minutes. The Wilson College Writers Series is sponsored by the program in English, Wilson’s Master’s in Humanities program, and Wilson’s literary magazine, The Bottom Shelf Review.