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"Matinee Readings," New Series Hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program, Offers Literary Lunches in Greenwich Village

January 14, 2008
N-221, 2007-08

A new series, Matinee Readings, hosted by the New York University Creative Writing Program this spring, will bring some of the most exciting prominent and emerging literary voices to the university’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W. 10th Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village. Both poets and fiction writers will read from their work during this free lunchtime series, and the audience is encouraged to bring lunch as they enjoy the readings and participate in lively, intimate conversations with the guest writers.

“We wanted to start a lunchtime reading series so that busy New Yorkers would be able to enjoy readings by notable poets and fiction writers in the middle of the work day,” says Deborah Landau, director of the Creative Writing Program. “Vernon Writers House is particularly beautiful in the afternoons, when the light filters in through the skylights and stained glass - a wonderful, intimate setting for readings. We’re hoping that these readings will provide the same kind of pleasure that sneaking out of work to go to an afternoon movie provides.”

All the readings will take place at 1 p.m. For further information, call Danielle Veith at 212.998.8850; email; or visit

A schedule of the readings follows: 
  • Friday, Jan. 25 Poets Thomas Sayers Ellis and Dorothea Lasky
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 Chicano author Dagoberto Gilb
  • Friday, Feb. 15 Istanbul resident and novelist Elif Shafak
  • Wednesday, Mar. 12 Renowned novelist, short-story writer, and playwright Warren Adler
  • Thursday, Mar. 13 Poet and short fiction writer Jim Daniels joins poet Rachel Rose
  • Friday, Mar. 28 Carole Maso, author of nine books, most recently, The Art Lover
  • Friday, Apr. 4 First novelist Dinaw Mengestu
  • Friday, Apr. 18 Poet and novelist April Bernard and poet and short story writer Richard McCann

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Graduate School of Arts and Science, Events and Traditions

Type: Press Release

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