Writers in New York 2013
Writers in New York 2013 (May 28–June 20, 2013) offers students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction an opportunity to develop their craft while living the writer's life in Greenwich Village. Daily workshops and craft seminars are supplemented by readings and lectures by New York-based writers and publishing professionals. Field trips, cultural activities, readings, and guest lectures constitute an integral component of the program.
Most classes and readings are held in the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, home of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Located on one of the most beautiful blocks in Greenwich Village, this historic townhouse has been a gathering spot for artists and intellectuals since the 1870s. It was in this building that members of the Tile Club, a group of notable painters, sculptors and architects, met and conducted their famous symposia. Today, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows students to learn and write in the same neighborhood where many writers—including Mark Twain, E. E. Cummings, James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Marianne Moore, Richard Wright, and Frank O’Hara—have lived and worked.
VISITING WRITERS & EDITORS
All students attend a nightly series of readings, lectures, panel discussions, publishing forums, literary walking tours, and special events. Visiting writers and editors in 2013 will include Jami Attenberg, Will Blythe, Tina Chang, Lydia Davis, Chad Harbach, Matthea Harvey, Adam Haslett, Amy Hempel, Tyehimba Jess, Maaza Mengiste, Eileen Myles, Ed Park, Emma Straub, Wells Tower, and Rebecca Wolff.
FACULTY IN 2013 INCLUDE:
Thomas Beller (Creative Nonfiction Workshop) is an author and editor whose books include, Seduction Theory: Stories, The Sleep-Over Artist: A Novel, and How To Be a Man: Essays (all from W.W. Norton). The Sleep-Over Artist was a New York Times Notable Book and LA Times Best Book of 2000. He contributes regularly to The New Yorker, The New York Times, Travel and Leisure Magazine, The Threepenny Review, and the Oxford American. His fiction and essays are widely anthologized and have been read on NPR's This American Life, and Selected Shorts. He co-founded and for twenty years edited Open City Magazine, and is the creator of mrbellersneighborhood.com, a site devoted to literary essays set in New York City.
|Fiona Maazel (Fiction Workshop) is the author of the novels Last Last Chance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008; Picador Paperback, 2009) and, forthcoming, Woke Up Lonely (Graywolf, 2013). She is winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, and recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency. Her work has appeared in Anthem, Bomb, Book Forum, Boston Book Review, Canteen, The Common, Conjunctions, Fence, GQ, Gulf Coast, Glamour, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Millions, Mississippi Review, n+1, The National Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Salon, This American Life, Tin House, The Village Voice, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Brooklyn College and New York University, and was appointed the Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany, for the spring of 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.|
John Murillo (Poetry Workshop) is the author of the poetry collection Up Jump the Boogie, which was a finalist for both the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was named by The Huffington Post as one of “Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now.” A graduate of New York University's MFA program in creative writing, his other honors include a Pushcart Prize, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the New York Times, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. His work has appeared in such publications as Callaloo, Court Green, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares, and is forthcoming in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry. His choreo-play, Trigger, was commissioned by Edgeworks Dance Theater and premiered in spring 2011. A founding member of the poetry collective, The Symphony, he has taught at Cornell University, New York University, Columbia College Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Miami.
Matthew Rohrer (Poetry Craft Seminar) is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, A Plate of Chicken, and Destroyer and Preserver. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Octopus Books published his action/adventure chapbook-length poem They All Seemed Asleep in 2008. His poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many journals. He’s received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart prize, was selected as a National Poetry Series winner, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize.
|Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (Creative Nonfiction Craft Seminar) is the author of the memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free, which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by Dwight Garner of the New York Times. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, Open City, The New York Times, and other publications. He is the recipient of a 2010 Whiting Writers' Award.|
|Helen Schulman (Fiction Workshop) is the author of the novels This Beautiful Life, A Day At The Beach, P.S., The Revisionist and Out Of Time, and the short story collection Not A Free Show. P.S. was also made into a feature film starring Laura Linney and was written by Helen Schulman and Dylan Kidd. She co-edited, along with Jill Bialosky, the anthology Wanting A Child. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such places as Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Book Review and The Paris Review. She is presently the Fiction Coordinator at The Writing Program at The New School where she is a tenured Associate Professor.|
|Irini Spanidou (Fiction Workshop) is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Fear, God’s Snake, and, most recently, Before. She has taught creative writing at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn College. Her work has been translated into several languages, including her native Greek.|
|Darin Strauss (Fiction Craft Seminar) is the author of the international bestseller Chang and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002," the novel More Than it Hurts You and most recently a memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into fourteen languages, and he teaches writing at New York University, for which he won a 2005 "Outstanding Dozen" teaching award. Also a screenwriter, Darin sold the rights to Chang and Eng to Disney, and is currently adapting the novel for the screen with the actor Gary Oldman. Another screenplay on which he collaborated is in pre-production at Paramount Studios. Darin was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing.|
Joanna Yas (Director; Fiction Craft Seminar) is the editor of Open City Books and co-founder of Editrixie, an editorial services company. She is on the editorial board of The Literary Review, the advisory board of The Common, and is an executive editor of Washington Square Review; previously, she held positions at Open City Magazine, Ploughshares, Grand Street, and Zoetrope: All-Story. She has conducted panels, seminars, and workshops on writing and publishing at several universities, including The New School, Sarah Lawrence, Columbia, and NYU. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, and she is the co-editor of They’re at It Again: Stories from Twenty Years of Open City.
|Rachel Zucker (Poetry Workshop) is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Museum of Accidents, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Along with poet Arielle Greenberg, Zucker co-wrote Home/Birth: a poemic and co-edited two anthologies: Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons. In addition to teaching at NYU and the 92nd Street Y she is a certified labor doula and is studying to become a childbirth educator.|
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