June heralds the start of summer and summer vacations. For having only 30 days, June packs lots of celebratory events, such as Father’s Day, Flag Day, Juneteenth, Pride Month, and National Cancer Survivors Day.

It also celebrates the commencement of the 2022 Graduates! Congratulations!

Congratulations also to some of our NVWN family:

  1. Ned Balzer: He won first place in the Pennwriters 2022 Short Story contest for The Oblivion Seed.

  2. Michele Mekel: She has several poems recently published.

“Looking Glass Technician” in Planisphere Q
“Office Visit” in The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation

“Eternal Autumn” and “Comradery” in The Haunting issue of
 An Inkslinger’s Observance.


NVWN Guest Speaker

Thaddeus Rutkowski

June 14th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Schlow Library

Writing from Experience: “…growing up as a biracial child (mother Chinese, father of Polish descent) in a predominantly white area.”

Thaddeus Rutkowski grew up in central Pennsylvania and graduated from Bellefonte Area High School. He is also a graduate of Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Rutkowski is the author of seven books, most recently Tricks of Light, a poetry collection. His novel Haywire won the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s members’ choice award, and his memoir Guess and Check won an Electronic Literature award for multicultural fiction. 

He teaches at the English Department of Medgar Evers College (City University of NY) in Brooklyn and a continuing-education program at the YMCA. He is also on the editorial staff of Artforum, an international monthly magazine.

Mr. Rutkowski received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has been a resident writer at Yaddo, MacDowell, and other colonies and has been a sponsored reader in Berlin, Hong Kong, Singapore, and several US cities. He lives with his wife, Randi Hoffman, in Manhattan.

His books will be available for purchase after the meeting. Cash or checks only, please.

Note: NVWN will take a brief hiatus for July and August. We will resume in September.