New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Zadie Smith to Join NYU Creative Writing Faculty

June 25, 2009
N-502, 2008-09

New York University has appointed Zadie Smith, the prize-winning author of the novels White Teeth and On Beauty, as a full professor in its distinguished Creative Writing Program. She joins other senior tenured faculty members E.L. Doctorow, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sharon Olds, as well as Global Distinguished Professor Breyten Breytenbach.

Smith, whose appointment begins in September 2010, will teach both undergraduate and graduate students.

“Zadie Smith is a brilliant writer, critic, and teacher—one of the most gifted writers of her generation—and we will be extraordinarily fortunate to have her with us,” said Deborah Landau, director of the Creative Writing program. “The Creative Writing Program at NYU is thriving. Thanks to the steadfast support of the Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Science we have been able to make a number of other exciting hires recently. In addition to Zadie Smith, Anne Carson, Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Charles Simic will be joining us as Distinguished Writers in Residence.”

Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Award. Her second novel, The Autograph Man, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize.

Smith’s third novel, On Beauty, published in 2005, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won The Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Award (Eurasia Section) and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Smith is the editor of an anthology of short stories entitled The Book of Other People. Her collection of essays, Changing My Mind, will be published in November 2009.

Smith is a graduate of Cambridge University and has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The 2009-10 faculty of the NYU Creative Writing Program also includes: Eammon Grennan, Edward Hirsch, Major Jackson, David Lipsky, Brian Morton, Meghan O’Rourke, Matthew Rohrer, Brenda Shaughnessy, Irini Spanidou, Darin Strauss, and Chuck Wachtel. Other recent visiting faculty include Lydia Davis, Kimiko Hahn, A.M. Homes, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Francine Prose.

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

Type: Press Release

Zadie Smith, 2006

Zadie Smith, 2006


Search News



NYU In the News

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

A Globalizer for N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi

The New York Times profiled Bill Bragin who will become the first executive artistic director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s new performing arts center.

Think Tank to Ponder a Future for Ballet

The New York Times profiled Jennifer Homans, the director of NYU’s new Center for Ballet and the Arts.

The Brilliant Ten: Jonathan Viventi Builds Devices That Decode Thoughts

Popular Science named Assistant Bioengineering Professor Jonathan Viventi as one of its “brilliant ten” for his research into brain implants that could one day halt epileptic episodes:

Living and Leaving the Dream: Adrian Cardenas’ Journey from the Major Leagues to College

The New York Times ran a feature on Adrian Cardenas, a former major league baseball player who is now studying philosophy and creating writing at NYU.

NYU Footer