Aleksandar Hemon Introduced by Jonathan Safran Foer
Aleksandar Hemon’s most recent book is "Love and Obstacles: Stories" (Riverhead Books, 2009), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Hemon is the 2012 Distinguished Fiction-Writer-in-Residence in the NYU Creative Writing Program. He will be introduced by Jonathan Safran Foer, bestselling author of four books including "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." (Hemon photo copyright by Velibor Bozovic)
Joshua Beckman’s newest poetry collection is "Take It" (Wave Books, 2009). He also recently co-translated, with Alejandro de Acosta, "Micrograms" by Jorge Carrera Andrade (Wave Books, 2011). He will be introduced by Deborah Landau.
Alice Albinia’s debut novel, "Leela’s Book," a portrait of contemporary India, is new from W. W. Norton (January 2012). "Family Planning" (HarperCollins, 2008) is Karan Mahajan’s (pictured) acclaimed debut novel, which is set in New Delhi. The authors will be introduced by poet Purvi Shah.
Seth Fried, Bruce Machart, and Claire Vaye Watkins, Hosted by Hannah Tinti
A reading by contributors to "One Story," the Brooklyn-based literary magazine. Seth Fried’s debut story collection, "The Great Frustration," was published by Soft Skull Press in 2011. Bruce Machart’s most recent book is "Men in the Making: Stories" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011). Claire Vaye Watkins’s (pictured) story collection, "Battleborn," is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. This event is hosted by editor Hannah Tinti and co-sponsored with "One Story."
Mark Doty and Tracy K. Smith in Conversation with Darrel Alejandro Holnes
The evening features poets Mark Doty and Tracy K. Smith in a conversation about craft with Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. This event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Jo Ann Beard’s novel, "In Zanesville," was published by Little, Brown in 2011. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Krys Lee (pictured) is the author of a debut collection of stories, "Drifting House" (Viking, 2012).
British writer Simon Armitage’s most recent books are "The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation" (W. W. Norton, 2011) and "Seeing Stars: Poems" (Knopf, 2011). Campbell McGrath’s new collection of poetry is "In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys" (Ecco, 2012).
Nathan Englander, winner of a PEN/Faulkner award, reads from his highly anticipated new story collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" (Knopf, 2012). Following his reading will be a conversation moderated by Darin Strauss. (Photo copyright by Juliana Sohn)
Meghan O’Rourke, who teaches in the NYU Creative Writing Program, reads and discusses poems from her new collection, "Once" (W. W. Norton, 2011). The reading will be followed by a conversation with Deborah Landau; this event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Alan W. King, Evie Shockley, and Demetrice Anntia Worley
Featuring readings from new poetry collections by fellows Alan W. King ("Drift," Willow Books, 2012), Evie Shockley ("the new black," Wesleyan, 2011, pictured), and Demetrice Anntia Worley ("Tongues in My Mouth," Main Street Rag Publishing, 2011). This event is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Selected by "The New Yorker" as one of the best young writers in America, Chris Adrian is the author of several books, including his recent novel, "The Great Night" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). His reading will be followed by a conversation with Darin Strauss.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey’s fourth collection of poetry, "Thrall," is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Fall 2012. Born in Nakodar, Punjab, poet and translator Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma is the author of many books, including "Hunger of Our Huddled Huts and Other Poems" (Nirala Publications, 2011). This event is co-sponsored with the NYU Office for International Students and Scholars.
British author Glyn Maxwell reads and discusses poems from his new book, "One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). His reading will be followed by a conversation with writer Belinda McKeon; this event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Adam Levin, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, and Diane Williams, Hosted by Ethan Nosowsky
Fiction readings by recent McSweeney’s Books authors Adam Levin ("Hot Pink," March 2012) and Diane Williams ("Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty," January 2012, pictured). Also featuring Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, whose report from the first weeks of Occupy Wall Street will appear in Issue 40 of "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern." This event will be hosted by editor Ethan Nosowsky and co-sponsored with McSweeney’s.
Linda Gregerson’s poetry collections include "Magnetic North" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007), which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her reading will be followed by a conversation with Darrel Alejandro Holnes; this event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
George Saunders is a "New York Times" bestselling author whose titles include the story collection "In Persuasion Nation" (Riverhead Books, 2006), and the essay collection "The Braindead Megaphone" (Riverhead Books, 2007). His reading will be followed a conversation with writer David Lipsky.
Readings by recent contributors to the internationally acclaimed literary magazine, including Adam Wilson, author of the debut novel, "Flatscreen" (Harper Perennial, 2012), and Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of the debut poetry collection "The Ground" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012). This event will be hosted by editor Lorin Stein and co-sponsored with "The Paris Review."
The celebrated Norwegian author Karl Ove Knaussgaard reads from his new title "My Struggle: Book One," due from Archipelago Books in May. He is a winner of the 2009 Brage Prize, the 2010 Book of the Year Prize in Morgenbladet, the 2010 P2 Listeners' Prize, and the 2004 Norwegian Critics' Prize and was nominated for the 2010 Nordic Council Literary Prize.
Matthew Cariello, Fran Castan, Sheela Chari, Joanne Diaz, Rashad Harrison, Marcus Jackson, Austin LaGrone, Laren McClung, Jillian Medoff, Ann Napolitano, Stephanie Stiles, Michael Vizsolyi, and Barry Wallenstein
NYU Creative Writing Program alumni read from recently published books. Pictured: Marcus Jackson.
Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading
Vievee Francis’s "Horse in the Dark" was selected by Parneshia Jones and Adrian Matejka as the 2010 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. With introductory readings by Sheila Carter-Jones and Mitchell L. H. Douglas. The reading will be introduced by Gregory Pardlo and is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
To celebrate the fall issue entitled "Medicine," contributors James Lasdun ("It’s Beginning to Hurt," Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009; pictured) and Ben Lerner ("Leaving the Atocha Station," Coffee House Press, 2011) read and discuss their writing on care, aging, and the practice of medicine. Hosted by editor John Freeman; co-sponsored with Granta.
David St. John’s (pictured) new poetry collection is “The Auroras,” published by Harper in spring 2012. Pulitzer Prize–winner Charles Wright’s latest collection is “Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011).
Set in North Korea, Adam Johnson’s novel “The Orphan Master’s Son” was published by Random House in January 2012. Introduced by Zadie Smith; co-sponsored with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
Featuring fiction writers published by the award-winning press: Eduardo Halfon, (pictured; “The Polish Boxer,” 2012), Tim Horvath (“Understories,” 2012), and Andrew Krivak (“The Sojourn,” 2011). Hosted by publisher/editorial director Erika Goldman; co-sponsored with Bellevue Literary Press.
A celebration of the anthology’s five-year anniversary features readings by contributing poets Richard Greene, Jim Johnstone, Michael Lista, Carmine Starnino, Harry Thurston, Priscila Uppal, and Zach Wells. Hosted by series editor Molly Peacock (pictured); co-sponsored with Tightrope Books.
Luis Jaramillo’s (pictured) debut title, “The Doctor’s Wife” (Dzanc Books, 2012) won the Dzanc Books Story Collection Contest. Sarah Manguso’s newest release is “The Guardians: An Elegy” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012).
Emma Donoghue is the author of “Room: A Novel,” an international bestseller, and “Astray,” a new story collection released in October 2012 by Little, Brown. In conversation with Darin Strauss. A light lunch will served following the reading. Reservations are recommended. Tor RSVP, please click on the "read more" tab for a link to the RSVP form.
Twice short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín is recently the author of “The Empty Family: Stories” (January 2011) and “The Testament of Mary” (November 2012), both published by Scribner. In conversation with Nick Laird.
Patrick Donnelly, Kevin Prufer, and Eileen Pollack
Readings by Four Way Books poets Patrick Donnelly (“Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin,” 2012) and Kevin Prufer (pictured; “In a Beautiful Country,” 2011), and novelist Eileen Pollack (“Breaking and Entering,” 2012). Hosted by founding editor and director Martha Rhodes; co-sponsored with Four Way Books.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize–winner Charles Simic is the author of many collections, including “Master of Disguises” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010). He is a Distinguished Poet-in-Residence in the NYU Creative Writing Program. Introduced by Deborah Landau.
Catherine Barnett’s (pictured) new poetry collection, “The Game of Boxes,” appeared from Graywolf Press in August 2012. D. Nurkse’s most recent title is “A Night in Brooklyn” (Knopf, 2012). Jean Valentine’s poetry collections include “Break the Glass” (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) and “Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva” (Alice James Books, 2012), co-“narrated” with Ilya Kaminsky. (Please note: Ilya Kaminsky will not appear as previously publicized.)
Acclaimed author Lorrie Moore’s most recent title is the novel "A Gate at the Stairs" (Knopf, 2009). Moore is the 2013 Distinguished Fiction Writer-in-Residence in the NYU Creative Writing Program. Introduced by Darin Strauss.
Edward Hirsch’s books include “The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems” and the bestselling title "How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry." In conversation with Charif Shanahan. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
This event features readings by poets from the innovative Brooklyn-based publisher (pictured: Jacqueline Waters). Hosted by editors Anna Moschovakis and Matvei Yankelevich. Co-sponsored with Ugly Duckling Presse.
Manuel Gonzales’s debut, "The Miniature Wife and Other Stories," was released in January (Riverhead, 2013). NYU Creative Writing Program alumna A. M. Homes’s novel "May We Be Forgiven" appeared from Viking in fall 2012.
Nell Freudenberger and Dinaw Mengestu (with Darin Strauss)
Nell Freudenberger, an alumna of the NYU Creative Writing Program, is most recently the author of "The Newlyweds" (Knopf, 2012). 2012 MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu’s (pictured) latest title is "How to Read the Air" (Riverhead, 2010). In conversation with Darin Strauss.
Pinckney Benedict, Kathryn Harrison, and David Means
An evening with contributors to the National Magazine Award–winning quarterly published by Francis Ford Coppola (pictured: David Means). Hosted by founding editor Adrienne Brodeur. Co-sponsored with "Zoetrope: All-Story."
Nicholas Christopher, David Shields, and Terese Svoboda
Poet and novelist Nicholas Christopher’s novel “Tiger Rag” is new from Dial Press. David Shields reads from his new nonfiction title “How Literature Saved My Life” (Knopf, February 2013). Fiction writer and poet Terese Svoboda’s novel “Tin God” will be reissued by University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books in April.
James Arthur’s debut, “Charms Against Lightning” appeared from Copper Canyon Press in 2012. Heather Christle’s most recent book is “What Is Amazing” (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Arda Collins (pictured) received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize for “It Is Daylight” (Yale University Press, 2009). Hosted by Matthew Rohrer.
Pulitzer Prize–winner and "New Yorker" poetry editor Paul Muldoon reads from his new book, “The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics,” released in February by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Introduced by Deborah Landau.
Alex Dimitrov’s debut poetry book is “Begging for It” (Four Way Books, 2013). Poet and NYU faculty member Marie Howe is the author of three collections including “The Kingdom of Ordinary Time” (W. W. Norton, 2008).
The eminent poet John Ashbery has won nearly every major American literary award for poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. His newest collection “Quick Question” was released by Ecco in December 2012. In conversation with Deborah Landau. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America. Please note change in location and reservation policy: No RSVPs required; seating is first come, first served.
"Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War"
Perry O’Brien, Matt Gallagher, and Roy Scranton
Readings by Matt Gallagher, Phil Klay, and Roy Scranton, contributors to "Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War" (Matt Gallagher and Roy Scranton, editors, Da Capo Press, 2013), an anthology of stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Pictured: Roy Scranton) All three readers are alumni of the the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop, a program which would not be possible without the vision and generosity of Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust.
This reading features participants of the Veterans Writing Workshop, a community outreach initiative of the NYU Creative Writing Program offering free classes to recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With special guest poet Marie Howe (pictured). The NYU Veterans Writing Workshop would not be possible without the
vision and generosity of Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust.
National Book Award–winner Mark Doty’s (pictured) forthcoming publications are a poetry collection “Deep Lane” and a nonfiction book “What Is the Grass,” both from W. W. Norton. NYU Creative Writing Program alumnus Angelo Nikolopoulos reads from his debut, “Obscenely Yours” (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award.
Poet Dorothea Lasky presents “What Is Color in Poetry or Is It the Wild Wind in the Space of the Word?,” a lecture exploring the mystical and practical relationships between color and poetry. Her most recent collection is “Thunderbird” (Wave Books, 2013).
“Sky Ward” (Wesleyan University Press, 2013) is Kazim Ali’s (pictured) third book of poetry. Srikanth Reddy is most recently the author of “Voyager” (University of California Press, 2011). With an introductory reading by April Naoko Heck (“A Nuclear Family,” UpSet Press, 2013). Co-sponsored with Kundiman and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
Alex Karpovsky, Parker Posey, and Kaneza Schaal, Guest Actors
The acclaimed public radio series and podcast presents short stories about the craft of writing by Joan Didion, Molly Giles, and Etgar Keret, performed by acclaimed actors Alex Karpovsky (pictured), Parker Posey, and Kaneza Schaal. Co-sponsored with Selected Shorts. More information about Selected Shorts is available at symphonyspace.org.
Poets on War: A Reading for Refugee Youth in South Sudan
Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrie Kusserow, Brian Turner, and Bruce Weigl
Pulitzer Prize–winner and NYU senior faculty member Yusef Komunyakaa’s (pictured) latest work is “Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker: With New and Selected Jazz Poems” (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Adrie Kusserow’s collection “Refuge” was published this year by BOA Editions. Alice James released Brian Turner’s second book, “Phantom Noise,” in 2010. “The Abundance of Nothing” (TriQuarterly, 2012) is Bruce Weigl’s most recent publication.
Reginald M. Harris is the author of “Autogeography” (Northwestern University Press, 2012), winner of the 2012 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for a second book. With special guest Afaa M. Weaver. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Victor Hernández Cruz, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ron Padgett, Marie Ponsot, Claudia Rankine, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright
Some of the most acclaimed poets of our day come together on one stage to read from their latest work (pictured: Naomi Shihab Nye). Presented by the Academy of American Poets; co-sponsored with NYU Skirball Center. Tickets: www.nyuskirball.org or 866-811-4111
Dexter Booth’s manuscript “Scratching the Ghost” (Graywolf, 2013) won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book. With introductory readings by honorable mentions Cherene M. Sherrard and Saeed Jones. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Mark Levine, Geoffrey Nutter, Kathleen Ossip, and Rebecca Wolff
Mark Levine’s most recent book is “The Wilds” (University of California Press, 2006). In June 2013, Wave Books released Geoffrey Nutter’s (pictured) “The Rose of January.” Kathleen Ossip’s long-awaited second book of poems is “The Cold War” (Sarabande Books, 2011). Rebecca Wolff’s latest poetry collection is “The King” (W. W. Norton, 2010).
Anna Journey, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, and Martha Rhodes
Anna Journey’s second book is “Vulgar Remedies” (Louisiana State University Press, 2013). Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s “People on Sunday” is out this fall from Wave Books. Martha Rhodes (pictured) is the author of four poetry collections, most recently “The Beds” (Autumn House, 2012).
D. A. Powell’s fifth book, “Useless Landscape, or A Guide For Boys” (Graywolf), won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. In conversation with Alice Quinn.
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
E. L. Doctorow is the author of numerous titles, including “Andrew’s Brain,” new this year from Random House. His work has garnered many awards including three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the National Book Award, the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal, and most recently the National Book Foundation’s 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Introduced by writer and fellow NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member Darin Strauss, the reading is co-sponsored with the NYU Bookstore and Fales Library and Special Collections.
Pulitzer Prize–winner Rae Armantrout’s (pictured) latest collection is “Just Saying” (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2013). Mark Bibbins’s third book, “They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full,” is due from Copper Canyon in spring 2014.
Joan Silber (pictured) is most recently the author of the story collection “Fools,” published by W. W. Norton in 2013. Jean Valentine’s collections include “Break the Glass” (Copper Canyon, 2010). The authors will be introduced by writer and NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member Chuck Wachtel.
Laurie Ann Guerrero, Javier O. Huerta, and Manuel Paul López
Featuring Laurie Ann Guerrero (“A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying,” University of Notre Dame, 2013), Javier O. Huerta (“American Copia: An Immigrant Epic,” Arte Público, 2012), and Manuel Paul López (“The Yearning Feed,” University of Notre Dame, 2013). The readers will be introduced by poet Javier Zamora and is co-sponsored with CantoMundo.
Cathy Park Hong’s third book, “Engine Empire: Poems,” was published by W. W. Norton in 2012.
The event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program Director Deborah Landau and co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Sharon Olds’s (pictured) many books include “Stag’s Leap” (Knopf, 2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Bianca Stone’s “Someone Else’s Wedding Vows” is new from Tin House/Octopus Books in March 2014.
Joyce Carol Oates, Introduced by Jonathan Safran Foer
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers "We Were the Mulvaneys" and "Blonde" (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Falls" (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and "The Gravedigger’s Daughter". Her most recent title is "Carthage" (Ecco, 2014). Oates is the Distinguished Fiction Writer-in-Residence in the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Douglas Kearney’s latest collection is “Black Automaton” (Fence Books, 2009). Ruth Ellen Kocher’s “Goodbye Lyric” is due from Sheep Meadow Press in 2014. This event is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Laura Cronk, Jennifer Michael Hecht, and Rachel Zucker
Readings by Laura Cronk (“Having Been an Accomplice,” Persea, 2012), Jennifer Michael Hecht (“Who Said,” Copper Canyon, 2013), and Rachel Zucker (“The Pedestrians,” Wave Books, 2014). (Note: due to unforeseen scheduling circumstances, Christina Pugh will not be reading). Pictured: Rachel Zucker
Elyse Cheney, Fiona Maazel, Fiona McCrae, and Adelle Waldman
A panel discussion with Adelle Waldman (“The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.”) and her agent, Elyse Cheney (Cheney Literary Associates); and Fiona Maazel (“Woke Up Lonely”) and her editor, Fiona McCrae (Graywolf Press). Co-sponsored with the Women’s National Book Association, this event is moderated by WNBA board member Harriet Shenkman. Pictured: Adelle Waldman
Readings and conversation on writing and debt by Rebecca Curtis (pictured) and Emily Gould, contributors to the New York–based literary magazine. This event is hosted by founding editor Keith Gessen and is co-sponsored with "n+1".
The acclaimed author of “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts” discusses her life’s work. This event is co-presented with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. RSVPs required: www.apa.nyu.edu/events
Readings by Cathy Linh Che (“Split,” 2014), Sally Wen Mao (“Mad Honey Symposium,” 2014), and Jamaal May (“Hum,” 2013). This event is hosted by executive director Carey Salerno and is co-sponsored with Alice James Books, Cave Canem Foundation, and Kundiman. Pictured: Cathy Linh Che
Dan Chiasson’s fourth poetry collection is “Bicentennial” (Knopf, 2014). Lydia Davis’s newest title is “Can’t and Won’t: Stories” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014). Co-sponsored with the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
As part of an NYU mini-festival within the PEN World Voices Festival, the Creative Writing Program joins departments across campus to offer free workshops and readings on May 2. National Book Award–winner Clayton Eshleman’s forthcoming collection is "Penetralia" (Black Widow Press, 2014). Ed Pavlić’s (pictured) "Visiting Hours at the Color Line" was published by Milkweed Editions in 2013.
Stacey Knecht, Richard Sieburth, and Chuck Wachtel
As part of a mini-festival within the PEN World Voices Festival, the Creative Writing Program joins NYU departments across campus to offer free workshops and readings on May 2. This event features readings by Stacey Knecht, the translator of the newly published "Harlequin's Millions" by Bohumil Hrabal (Archipelago, 2014) and noted translator Richard Sieburth, along with remarks by writer Chuck Wachtel. Hosted by publisher Jill Schoolman and co-sponsored with Archipelago Books. Pictured: Chuck Wachtel
This lecture series invites poets to explore subjects they find meaningful to their craft and poetics. Joshua Beckman delivers a talk entitled "The Lives of the Poems," which follows his reading on May 7th. Beckman's many collections include "The Inside of an Apple" (Wave Books, 2013).
Rivka Galchen’s new title is “American Innovations,” a story collection (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014). Laura van den Berg’s (pictured) second story collection is “The Isle of Youth” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.)
Saskia Hamilton is the author of "Divide These", "As for Dream," and, most recently, "Corridor" (Graywolf Press, 2014). Matthea Harvey’s (pictured) books include "Modern Life," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "If the Tabloids are True What are You?," published by Graywolf Press in 2014.
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, "How to Escape from a Leper Colony," the picture book "I Am the Virgin Islands," and the novel "Land of Love and Drowning," published by Riverhead/Penguin in July 2014.
Cedric Tillman and Wendy Walters, with Special Guest Adrian Matejka
Cedric Tillman is the author of “Lilies in the Valley” (Aquarius Press, 2013). Wendy S. Walters newest title is "Troy, Michigan" (Futurepoem Books, 2014). Adrian Matejka’s most recent book, "The Big Smoke," was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Michael Broder, Nicole Callihan, Alden Jones, and R. A. Villanueva
Michael Broder’s debut poetry collection is "This Life Now" (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014). Poet Nicole Callihan is most recently the author of "SuperLoop," published this year by Sock Monkey Press. Alden Jones’s most recent book, "Unaccompanied Minors: Stories" (New American Press, 2014), won of the 2013 New American Fiction Prize. R. A. Villanueva (pictured) is the author of "Reliquaria," winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Poetry Book Prize.
A reading by contributors to Washington Square, the NYU Creative Writing Program’s literary journal. Anselm Berrigan is the author of five books of poetry, most recently “Notes from Irrelevance” (Wave Books, 2011). Sapphire (pictured) is the author of two bestselling novels, “Push,” winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and “The Kid.” Katrin Tschirgi is the managing editor of Mid-American Review.
Amy Bloom, a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, is most recently the author of "Lucky Us" (Random House, 2014). Brian Morton’s books include "Starting Out in the Evening," which received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his latest title, "Florence Gordon" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).
Leslie Jamison is the author of a novel, "The Gin Closet," and most recently a bestselling collection of essays, "The Empathy Exams." Jess Row has written two collections of short stories, "The Train to Lo Wu" and "Nobody Ever Gets Lost." His latest title is the novel "Your Face in Mine," out in August 2014 from Riverhead Books.
The Singapore Literary Festival Presents: Generations and Genres
Haresh Sharma, Verena Tay, and Cyril Wong
Reaching back before 1965, the year of national independence, Singaporean literature has seen the development of literary generations and genres. In this reading, you will hear works written by different generations of Singaporean writers working in different genres, and discover the vitality of a growing literary tradition. Haresh Sharma (pictured) has written more than 50 plays which have been staged in Singapore, London, Cairo, Melbourne, Busan, New Delhi, Hong Kong, and others. Cyril Wong’s work has been anthologized in "The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One," among others. Verena Tay has published three collections of plays: "In the Company of Women: Selected Plays," "In the Company of Heroes," and "Victimology."
David Lehman is the author of several collections of poems and criticism, including "The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets" (Doubleday, 1998). His most recent work is "New and Selected Poems" (Scribner, 2013). Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, "Don Dreams and I Dream" (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, "Domestic Uncertainties," (BlazeVOX, 2013).
Joshua Ferris is the author of "Then We Came to the End," winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and a National Book Award finalist, "The Unnamed," and his latest title, "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour." Mira Jacob’s debut novel, "The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing," was published by Random House in July of 2014.
Peter Gizzi is the author of six books of poetry, most recently "In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011" (Wesleyan, 2014). He edited, along with Kevin Killian, "My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer" (Wesleyan, 2008), among other projects. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek (pictured) is the author of the short story collections "Childhood and Other Neighborhoods," "The Coast of Chicago," "I Sailed With Magellan," and, most recently, "Paper Lantern and Ecstatic Cahoots" (FSG, 2014). Fady Joudah’s debut, "The Earth in the Attic" (2008), won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His translation of Ghassan Zaqtan's "Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me" (Yale University Press, 2012) won the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2013.
Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Amy Hempel is the author of four short story collections, "Reasons to Live" (1985), "At the Gates of The Animal Kingdom" (1990), "Tumble Home" (1997), and "The Dog of the Marriage" (2005), which were gathered and published in a single volume by Scribner, "The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel" (2006). She has received a Pushcart Prize, an REA Award for the Short Story, the Harold D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, an Inaugural United States Artists Foundation Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others.
Chris Adrian (pictured) is the author of the short story collection, "A Better Angel," and three novels, "Gob's Grief," "The Children's Hospital," and "The Great Night." Eli Horowitz is the coauthor of "The Clock Without a Face," a treasure-hunt mystery, and "Everything You Know Is Pong," an illustrated cultural history of ping pong. Adrian and Horowitz collaborated on "The New World," a digitally enhanced novel released by Atavist Books in August 2014, and published as an FSG Original in 2015.
Hugh Martin, Heather Raffo, Zohra Saed, and Brian Turner
Hugh Martin’s debut collection, "The Stick Soldiers," was published through BOA Editions in March 2013. Heather Raffo is the solo performer and writer of the Off Broadway hit, “9 Parts of Desire” which details the lives of nine Iraqi women. Zohra Saed coedited "One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature." Brian Turner (pictured) is the author of "Here, Bullet," (2005) winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, and "Phantom Noise" (2010). Introduced by Maurice Emerson Decaul.
Patricia Lockwood is the author of "Balloon Pop Outlaw Black" (Octopus Books, 2012), and "Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals" (Penguin, 2014). Danniel Schoonebeek’s debut collection of poems, "American Barricade," was published in 2014 by YesYes Books.
Charles D’Ambrosio has published two collections of short stories, "The Point," a New York Times Notable Book, and "The Dead Fish Museum," as well as "Orphans," a collection of essays. Darcey Steinke is the author of five novels and a memoir, "Easter Everywhere," which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. D’Ambrosio’s latest title, "Loitering: New and Selected Essays," and Steinke’s new novel, "Sister Golden Hair," are both new from Tin House in fall 2014. Hosted by editor Rob Spillman. Co-sponsored with Tin House.
Jericho Brown’s first book, "Please," won the American Book Award, and his most recent collection, "The New Testament," was released in September 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Olena Kalytiak Davis’s debut, "And Her Soul Out of Nothing," was selected for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her newest collection, "The Poem She Didn't Write and Other Poems," is out from Copper Canyon Press in 2014.
James McBride is the author of four books, including his debut novel, Miracle at St. Anna, which was translated into a major motion picture directed by American film icon Spike Lee, Song Yet Sung, and the New York Times bestselling memoir, The Color of Water. His latest novel The Good Lord Bird, is the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.
F. Douglas Brown (winner), Leon Baham (runner-up), and Donika Ross (runner-up) with Special Guest Tracy K. Smith
F. Douglas Brown (pictured) was recently awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his forthcoming collection "Zero to Three," published by University of Georgia Press in fall 2014. Leon Baham is the author of the chapbook "Ponyboy, Sigh," available through Birds of Lace. Donika Ross, a Cave Canem fellow, is currently a lecturer at Vanderbilt University. Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, "Life on Mars" (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Boris Fishman and David Grand (with Darin Strauss)
Boris Fishman’s (pictured) debut novel, "A Replacement Life" (HarperCollins, 2014), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. David Grand is the author of "Louse," a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, "The Disappearing Body," and, most recently, "Mount Terminus".
MacArthur Fellow Donald Antrim is the critically acclaimed author of "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World," "The Hundred Brothers," and "The Verificationist," as well as "The Afterlife," a memoir about his mother. His most recent collection of stories, "The Emerald Light in the Air," is out from FSG in September 2014.
Will Boast is the author of the short story collection “Power Ballads,” winner of the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and most recently “Epilogue,” a memoir. Edie Meidav is most recently the author of “Lola, California.” Laura Esther Wolfson's writing has appeared in Bellingham Review, Gettysburg Review, The Rumpus, The Sun and elsewhere, and has been repeatedly listed as notable in Best American Essays. This event is hosted by editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon and co-sponsored with “ZYZZYVA.” (Pictured: Will Boast)
Nathan Englander and Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence Chris Normandin
Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" (Knopf, 2012) and "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges" (Vintage, 2000), as well as the novel "The Ministry of Special Cases" (Vintage, 2008). He was the 2012 recipient of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. He is a Distinguished Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the NYU Creative Writing Program. Founded in 2014, the Axinn Foundation Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating student of exceptional promise.
NOTE: Nathan Englander will read instead of E. L. Doctorow, who was originally scheduled for this event.
“Song of the Shank” (Graywolf, 2014) is the acclaimed new novel by Jeffery Renard Allen. Marie-Helene Bertino’s novel “2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas” (Crown, 2014) was selected as one of NPR’s 2014 Great Reads.
Nelson George, Bernice L. McFadden, and Arthur Nersesian
Nelson George has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is most recently the author of “The Lost Treasures of R&B," the third novel in his D Hunter Mystery Series. Bernice L. McFadden is the author of nine novels, including "Gathering of Waters" (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012) and the recently reissued "Loving Donovan." Arthur Nersesian’s debut novel, the Lower East Side cult classic "The Fuck-Up," was also the first title published by Brooklyn-based independent publishing company Akashic Books, which has since published seven of his novels. This event is hosted by editor Aaron Petrovich and co-sponsored with Akashic Books. (Pictured: Bernice L. McFadden)
Antoinette Brim, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Gregory Pardlo, with Special Guest Patricia Smith
Featuring Patricia Smith, a four-time winner of the National Poetry Slam; her latest collection, “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” appeared in 2013 from Coffee House Press. This event is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation, a home for the many voices of African American poetry. (Pictured: Patricia Smith)
Megan Mayhew Bergman and Emily St. John Mandel (with Darin Strauss)
Megan Mayhew Bergman’s story collection “Almost Famous Women” is new from Scribner (January, 2015). Emily St. John Mandel’s latest book is “Station Eleven: A Novel” (Knopf, 2014). This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss. (Pictured: Emily St. John Mandel)
Charles Baxter’s newest book is “There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories” (Pantheon, February 2015). This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.
Carmen Gimenéz-Smith’s books include “Milk and Filth” (University of Arizona Press, 2013). David Tomas Martinez’s collection “Hustle” appeared from Sarabande Books in 2014. This event is hosted by Javier Zamora and co-sponsored with CantoMundo, an organization dedicated to supporting Latina/o poets.